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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The West Park Cultural Center promotes a thriving West Park community by using arts and culture as a central tool in programs that help youth tap their creative and academic potential, and where residents can access the arts, education, and other development/support programs that contribute to their personal development.

Results: West Park Cultural Center reaches more than 2,000 children, youth and adults annually through afterschool arts classes, "Arts for Literacy" in the classroom, Camp Ginkgo, West Park Arts Fest and adult development program.

Target demographics: children, youth and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,900 children, youth and adults

Geographic areas served: West Philadelphia

Programs: Afterschool ceramics, music, film, theatre, Arts for Literacy during the school day, Camp Ginkgo, Adult Literacy, and the annual West Park Arts Fest.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently began working for West Park Cultural Center as a ceramic instructor and a program like this is necessary for the Philadelphia community. I feel so privileged to work with talented, caring and respectful students and parents everyday. Coming to work feels like a second home and family. I look forward to my job each day. I am also thankful to work with a great and supportive staff as well!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The West Park Cultural Center is an organization that I am truly pleased to have worked with. It is one of the few organizations of this type that reaches children and families in the community where they live. It seems that all too often children in underserved communities are often left out. This is not the case with West Park Community Center, here all children are served. Keep up the good work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

West Park Cultural Center has provided outstanding arts and education programs for children and youth for 14 years with amazing results. I am proud to have this organization in West Philadelphia.

mrRon

Board Member

Rating: 5

West Park offers the under served youth of our city a wonderful opportunity that would otherwise less likely be afforded to them, and for that and the due diligence to service youth and family in the community i nominate West Park Cultural Center a 5 star Great Non Profit

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Everytime i work with West Park Cultural, it is a wonderful and pray experience for both myself and those of whom we serve. Recently having the pleasure of coordinating the summer camp Camp Ginkgo i can truly say that West Park's dedication to culture and raise positive and productive youth from Philadelphia is unmatched and flat out admirable. I want to be attached to such greatness for as long as it's possible...ten thumbs up from me!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

West Park is all about celebrating learning, as individuals and as a community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

By chance, we happened to stumble across the West Park Cultural Center. We were hesitant to enroll because the program was located about an hour and a half away from home. We took a leap of faith and enrolled in the after-school ceramics class and LOVED it. On the very first day, Janice gave my daughters the gift of loving ceramics. Ron and Betty are incredibly encouraging and supportive of all the students. As a parent, I was excited to participate in an environment that fostered positive role-modeling, encouragement, and creative fun. I wish this organization would grow and start another branch in the NE section of Philadelphia.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The WPAC is a true gem. The summer program is a great component that is affordable. The experiences had by the students will last a life time. They are being exposed to the beauty of nature and art techniques that will inspire them in other areas of their development.

Aaliyah S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This conceptual and in practice non profit is a gem in the West Park community and beyond. I have witnessed firsthand, how exposure to music and the ceramic art forms has positively transformed the youth who participated in this program. Their exposure has taught them not only a new craft, but prepared them as advocates and prepped them for leadership roles in which they have spoken on behalf of the program.

Michael412

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The West Park Cultural Center is an organization that I am truly pleased to be involved with. It is an organization that reaches children and families in the community where they live. West Park seeks to expose their clients to the wonders of the arts, education and cultural enrichment. For a small program they have a large impact on the community and its children. The West Park Cultural center runs after school programs, senior programs, children summer camps and they host a large summer festival every year in the community called the West Park Arts Fest. This is a good program to get your children involved in.

Leslie101

Board Member

Rating: 5

The West Park Cultural Center is a great arts-based community non-profit that brings creativity to children and families in a very deserving neighborhood in the Parkside section of Philadelphia.