About ArtWell Programs

ArtWell supports young people and their communities through multidisciplinary arts expression, education, and creative reflection to celebrate their strengths, thrive while facing complex challenges, and awaken their dreams. Since 2000, ArtWell has had the honor of working with hundreds of amazing partners including schools, libraries, diverse faith-based organizations, and health and social-service providers to serve an average of 1500 students per year across the Greater Philadelphia Region.

“I love that the artists were patient. They understood that the youth have had difficult experiences and worked hard to find avenues for self-expression.”

-Laura Vega, CHOP Violence Prevention Specialist

Our partners seek our engagement to support students in the following areas:

  • Personal & Artistic Development
  • Literacy & Academic Enrichment
  • School Culture & Safety Improvement
  • Environmental & Community Engagement
  • Creative Processes for healing from trauma

Student Poem:

I can’t wait to unlock the surprise of my heart.

White stripes of mystery carry my happiness

and tackle down my red anger.

 – Laila, 5th Grade

Through writing, music, poetry, visual arts, storytelling, performance, spoken-word, and other art forms, students discuss personal and social issues, explore their emotions and identities, and develop deeper cultural understandings.

Professional agencies and representatives can also experience the transformative power of art, creative expression and reflection through ArtWell@Work. ArtWell@Work offers workshops for professionals that meet a range of needs including team building, leadership development, and self-care. Learn more about our ArtWell@Work offerings here.

Get Involved

To learn how you can become a participant, or bring a program to a school or organization in your neighborhood, please contact Julia Terry, Program Director (215.386.7705 x 6) or scroll down this page and complete a Booking Request Form.

Interested in Volunteering? Please email

Our Programs

Art of Growing Leaders

The Art of Growing Leaders is an expansion of ArtWell’s long-running rites of passage program, The Art of Growing Up.
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Thanks to generous funding from the William Penn Foundation, ArtWell is launching our long anticipated 15 ­week HeartBeat music program!
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We the Poets

The We the Poets® program, ArtWell's longest running program, builds literacy skills, communication, self expression and fosters a love of a learning through poetry.
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EcoArts uses art, poetry, and reflection to engage youth in exploring and redefining what the “environment” means to them.
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MasterPeace engages students and communities in large-scale arts processes such as murals, mosaics and installations, in order to overcome obstacles, build bridges and lift up strengths.
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Slam Team

ArtWell has been honored to help support young poets through our ArtWell Slam Team which competed earlier this year through the Philly Youth Poetry Movement's Philadelphia city-wide Slam League.
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ArtWell@Work shares the transformative power of art, creative expression and reflection to help people connect more deeply with purpose and power in their work and lives. We provide workshops for professionals that meet a range of needs including team building, leadership development, and selfcare.
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Booking Request Form

  • ArtWell also offers grant-funded workshops at no cost to eligible groups and organizations when available. We are happy to work with your group/organization to figure out strategies to raise/leverage financial resources.
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