Picasso Project Grant Awarded to ArtWell, Rhoads Elementary

Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) recently announced it’s 2018 Picasso Project winners and partners at a City Hall ceremony with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite, and City Council members Helen Gym, Mark Squilla, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Derek Green, and Cindy Bass. ArtWell and school partner Rhoads Elementary are among the project winners, joining 13 other arts education projects for recipient schools in 2018.

2018 Picassso Project: ArtWell (HeartBeat) at James Rhoads Elementary
The ArtWell HeartBeat program at Rhoads Elementary will empower students through the rich history and traditions of West African and Afro-Caribbean music. Students will experiment with percussion, rhythm, dance, and song and the culminating event will include a student ensemble with drumming, dancing, and poetry performances.

About Project Picasso
Since its inception in 2002, Picasso Project has provided over 40,750 children access to innovative arts projects by providing mini-grants to their schools. Picasso Project grants provide up to $5000 to support innovative arts projects (visual art, music, dance, theater, and digital media) in under-resourced Philadelphia public schools. The grants support a school’s need to boost arts offerings, integrate arts into other core subjects, and use arts to improve school climate. The grant is an opportunity for schools to partner with artists and community organizations. Additionally, grant recipients engage in advocacy activities to support equitable arts education funding for Philadelphia’s students.


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