West Park Cultural Center

Rating: 4.95 stars   39 reviews


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 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 classes.

Target demographics:

children, youth and families

Direct beneficiaries per year:

2,900 children, youth and adults

Geographic areas served:

West Philadelphia


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

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am so impressed with how many programs West Park Cultural Center offers and how many people whose needs they meet on such a slim budget. WPCC is an organization with after school and summer camp programs for children, a performing arts program that brings literature to life for high school students, an adult literacy program, a program that teaches English comprehension for students trying to enter into Philadelphia Community College but who cannot pass the English comprehension exams, and a stunningly beautiful day of arts and culture for the whole community. Their programs reach and touch the lives of 2,000 or more people a year, and all on a budget that is less than the administrative budgets for organizations that reach far fewer people -- less than $100,000 a year. But not only is WPCC able to provide so many different programs, they are also able to demonstrate positive results -- students in their programs have met AYP (Advanced Yearly Progress) while their classmates do not, young adults are able to pass college admission exams and enroll in school, and children are now more engaged in school with improved grades. It is a safe place for donors to give their money!

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Professionally, I would help Wesst Park Cultural Center share their story with a wider audience, and help them market themselves to new donors. I trust and know they could do more with a little support, so I can imagine how much more they would be able to do if they have a greater level of support from increased donor revenue.

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Rating: 5 stars  

West Park Cultural Center is a great organization that helps children, youth, adults and families with access to arts & literacy through many different programs. They are truly helping change lives for children and youth in an economically devastated community, and giving opportunities for youth and adults to stay in school or return to school. What I like most about West Park Cultural Center is how they are able to provide so many programs on such a small budget. They're programs include an after school arts program, a summer camp for children, literacy programs for high school students, an adult literacy and college readiness program, and their signature event each year is the Arts Fest attended by more than 1,500 people. And they do all of this with volunteers, a dedicated staff, and a budget that is less than the full-time salary of many nonprofit CEOs. I know that when I give to them that my dollars are going a long ways.

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They just need to do a better job of letting people know they're there, and in getting in touch with more donors, so that they can expand their programs and help meet the needs of more children, youth and adults.

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