Thought Leaders

Resource Alert: USDAC Guide to Artistic Response

From the USDAC: As natural disasters and social emergencies multiply, the need has grown for ethical, creative, and effective artistic response—arts-based work responding to disaster or other community-wide emergency, much of it created in collaboration with community members directly affected. Art Became The Oxygen was created to engage three categories of readers who share the […]

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Spirit News Profiles in Kensington: Adab Ibrahim

Adab Ibrahim is the Community Liaison for Philadelphia’s Al-Aqsa Islamic Society and is an ArtWell Board Member. Meet the Community Liaison of Philadelphia’s Al-Aqsa Islamic Society JACQUIE MAHON Adab Ibrahim, Community Liaison for Philadelphia’s Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, was already seated at ReAnimator Coffee in Kensington when I arrived. With three children (all at Temple University), […]

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Teachers-only session begins Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week at ArtWell

Thank you afterschool professionals and partners for making a difference in the lives of young people! An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to enhance education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and […]

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Going Beyond the Art Room

Going Beyond the Art Room On April 1st, as part of the Moore College of Art & Design 2017 Art Education Spring Symposium, Julia Terry and Kris Smith of ArtWell led more than 100 participants (3 rotating sessions) under the connecting theme of “Fostering Social Emotional Learning and Social Justice through Arts Partnerships.” Julia and Kris […]

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No hate, no fear

“The leaders decided it was time to revisit a form of expression and peacebuilding that had united the community more than a decade earlier: mural art.” Thank you U.S. Catholic magazine for sharing this story and the history of Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy’s bridge-building and life-affirming collaboration with ArtWell, Mural Arts Philadelphia and many other important partners […]

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Music Makes “Us” Happy

The Gathering at Williams Street Common #MusicMakesMeHappy #TheGathering #Philly Thanks to Music Makes Me Happy for including ArtWell in The Gathering of creative folks who are passionate about social justice, the arts and our great city! Panel Discussion Topic Inspiring social change and civic engagement through art and music in Philadelphia. Featured Panelists Just Greg – Founder […]

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The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation

A collaboratively composed Poetic Address to the Nation was given at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  Stories from the Poetic Address (download the Poetic Address to the Nation) were collected through Story Circles that took place nationwide from January 27-February 5, 2017. Philadelphia’s Story Circle took place February 4th. The Story Circles and Poetic Address […]

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AGL Published in Journal of Applied Arts & Health

The art of growing leaders: Supporting identity and leadership development through arts-based self-expression Authors: Junkin, Janelle; Kaimal, Girija; Terry, Julia; Smith, Kris Source: Journal of Applied Arts & Health, Volume 7, Number 3, 1 December 2016, pp. 327-345(19) Publisher: Intellect Abstract: This article presents findings from the evaluation of a year-long urban-school arts programme called the […]

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ArtWell receives CAIR-Philadelphia Leadership Award

ArtWell is humbled and honored to have received the CAIR-Philadelphia Leadership Award at the June 26, 2016 Interfaith Iftar Dinner where Fariha Khan, our former Board Chair, shared powerful heartfelt words along with our friends Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer and the Very Rev. Judith Sullivan. The Second Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner took place at the Friends Center […]

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Program Director Julia Terry appointed to Commission for Women

On Wednesday, June 22, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney officially announced the appointments of the Executive Director and the 27 women to serve on the Commission for Women. Among the appointed members is ArtWell Program Director Julia Terry. “On behalf of ArtWell, I want to express how thrilled we are that Julia Terry has been appointed to the Mayor’s […]

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