Cosacosa Art At Large, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Economic Development

Location: 4427 Main St Philadelphia PA 19127 USA

Mission: COSACOSA art at large, Inc. is a non-profit organization creating new public art specific to the concerns of Philadelphia neighborhoods in direct, long-term collaboration with city residents. COSACOSA reasserts art's original role as a catalyst for community dialogue, creative cooperation, and positive change. Since 1990, COSACOSA projects have brought together thousands of citizens of diverse backgrounds and differing abilities to learn about art, about each other, and about how to work together.
Results: Art can honor our past, inspire our present, and challenge us to create the future we'd like to see. COSACOSA's goal is the education of our citizenry and the empowerment of our city's neighborhoods -- that the project participants will continue to work together for a better future, within and without the boundaries of their own cultures and communities. COSACOSA constituents work together to achieve shared objectives, including • originating new community-specific art, collaboratively conceived and created by individuals of differing backgrounds and abilities working together with professional artists; • ensuring the permanence of a high quality, accessible arts program providing all of our city's residents with meaningful opportunities to create art;. • lessening the physical, social, and economic barriers that often limit the audience for art and art-making;. • exposing our project participants to artist-leaders who represent new ways of working and thinking from those role models they may have previously encountered;. • initiating dialogues on art, health and community that include a multiplicity of voices, abilities, cultural visions and values; and • building a sense of community ownership and participation among the project participants.
Programs: COSACOSA designs innovative programs to deliver interactive dialogues through art directly into inner city Philadelphia neighborhoods. Each year, through extended, community-based artist residencies, we engage city residents of different backgrounds, ages and cultures to design and create site-specific public art projects in collaboration with professional artists. Since its inception, COSACOSA has brought together thousands of citizens from over thirty city neighborhoods to learn about art, about each other, and about how to work together. Our approach is multidisciplinary -- incorporating many possible artistic techniques, from painting to theater, from sound art to ceramics -- as well as interactive, creating safe forums for city residents to dialogue and build their communities through art-making. COSACOSA's first major initiative, Community Collections (begun in 1990), examines Philadelphia's cultural histories and changing urban landscapes through community-based artist residencies. In 1995, a second organizational initiative was established, the Healing Art Project, a youth development program exploring relationships between art and healing. Young people in the hospital come together with at-risk youth from local communities for interactive dialogue to design and create permanent, collaborative public art. In 2003, two new initiatives were launched, Artist.Sight.org, a gallery featuring exhibitions by community-based artists creating for cultural change and Connection Studios, a youth-centered art and technology program.
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Rating: 5 stars  

i have been involved with Cosa Cosa for over 10 years and am currently a board member. The organization enriches children's and community lives by involving people in improving their neighborhoods with art and gardens and Cosa Cosa comes away with renewed self confidence, hope and energy to help others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Cosa Cosa Art at Large is a true gift to the people of Philadelphia and those who have been lucky enough to have been a part of any of their many programs. I have watched as this organization has grown under the sure and steady guidance of Kim Niemela whose unending passion for reaching out to our under served communities is boundless. Cosa Cosa has done amazing work with the sickest children in our local hospitals,created beautiful community gardens, brought art and literacy to our schools and created dialogues between neighboring communities. I have been fortunate to serve as a board member as well as volunteer on various projects for many years for Cosa Cosa and look forward to many more years of serving them in any way I can.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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