West Park Cultural Center
Rating: 4.94 stars 34 34 reviews 1,466
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Job Training, Environment
5114 Parkside Avenue (mailing address) Philadelphia PA 19131 USA
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, helping them come together as a strong community.
West Park Cultural Center reaches more than 1,800 children, youth and adults annually through afterschool arts classes, "Arts for Literacy" in the classroom, Camp Ginkgo/Ginkgo Academy, West Park Arts Fest and adult development classes.
children, youth and families
Direct beneficiaries per year:
1,800 children, youth and adults
Geographic areas served:
Afterschool ceramics and music, Arts for Literacy during the school day, Camp Ginkgo/Ginkgo Academy, Adult Development, and the annual West Park Arts Fest.
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West Park Cultural Center is a wonderful camp for inner city kids. As a mother and teacher in this day and age I think there is nothing better than having your children outside in nature all day playing, using their imagination and learning under the sky. This is a wonderful Art camp set outdoors surrounded by woods and gardens. Campers explore many art concepts and natural materials. A perfect place for children to be children learning through play. Campers also get to escape the cities long humid summers swimming in an Olympic size pool several days a week if their not exploring Philadelphia's many museums and cultural attractions.
I volunteer for the Adult Basic Education class and it truly is an exceptional and amazing course. The head teacher also not only knows her material extremely well, but she provides an accepting, non-judgmental, educational, open environment for students of all ages. This class is like one big family who supports and learns from each other every week. West Park Cultural Center provides assistance and support for each of the adult students AND volunteers. They are always very welcoming, thankful, and truly appreciative for my volunteer services and for their students. The West Park Cultural Center is made up of individuals who really care for the community and go way beyond to help as many people as they can.
I volunteer from time to time with Dr. Pat helping out with the adult basic education class. This center provides not only a place for older individuals to socialize but also a plethora of opportunities for them to continue to grow and develop through their later years. Furthermore, this center accepts not only older individuals but also supports those younger folks who are willing to learn and better themselves. Overall, a great place to volunteer and grow!
the cultural center is a great asset to the community. they are truly working hard to ensure the Parkside community is strong in the city of Philadelphia
West Park puts on a really nice festival for the community, and runs a great after school program for youth.
This is the best organization I have ever served on. They create miracles.
WPCC and Camp Gingko are excellent programs that foster creativity, expression and growth. I have had the pleasure and honor to work as a teaching artist at Camp Gingko this past summer, and I have seen firsthand the impact it has had on the community at hand. It is no surprise that the campers keep on coming back year after year. It is crucial to have organizations and programs such as Camp Gingko, and for nonprofits such as this one to be able to continue doing the excellent work they have already started .
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!
I have worked with WPCC for the last two years as an instructor for their music recording program, and have nothing but excellent things to say of the organization. The program I worked with has been able to help several students record and produce their own music, share their artistic expressions with their communities and prepare for further pursuits in recording arts.
In addition to their after school programming, the annual West Park Arts Fest they organize succeeds in providing world-class arts and entertainment without losing sight of the goal of cross-cultural inclusion and expression. It is for this excellence that they remain one of the premiere cultural/philanthropic organizations in Philadelphia.
I have been taking ceramic classes at West Park for a year. It is an excellent program with a hard working instructor and volunteers. Classes are very organized and frequent firing schedules promptly visualize student's efforts. Specially at the time Art Education is cut off at many schools, I highly recommend this program for youth as well as adults.