- Date Awarded
- Grant Period
- 04/01/13 to 03/31/14
- Focus Area
- Knight Arts Challenge
- Philadelphia, PA
To offer after-school art programming for children by placing art teachers in each of the eight city districts to give instruction in singing, acting and dancing
Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation will create a pilot program to explore the best ways to expand its after-school offerings in dance, music and theater. With challenge funding, two experienced performing arts teachers will participate in two-month residencies at six recreation centers, providing structured lessons culminating in a presentation for friends and families. Children who develop a strong interest in the arts will be referred to the city’s performing arts camp. After evaluating the success of the pilot, the city plans to expand performing arts programming throughout the parks system.
The Performing Arts Office of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation strives to coordinate, promote, and expand cultural programs for the city of Philadelphia. Through our various programs, we provide cultural activity in which youth and adults of various backgrounds can interact through creative expression. The office currently has 63 recreation facilities with dance programs and 18 recreation facilities with drama and musical theater programs. The Young Performers Theater Camp and the Introduction to Performing Arts Camps are award-winning programs and are among the largest performing arts camps in Pennsylvania.