West Park Cultural Center

Rating: 4.92 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Job Training, Environment

Location: 5114 Parkside Avenue (mailing address) Philadelphia PA 19131 USA

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, helping them come together as a strong community.
Results: 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.
Target demographics: children, youth and families
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,800 children, youth and adults
Geographic areas served: West Philadelphia
Programs: Afterschool ceramics and music, Arts for Literacy during the school day, Camp Ginkgo/Ginkgo Academy, Adult Development, and the annual West Park Arts Fest.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 23-3085376
215-473-7810
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Rating: 5 stars  

It is a great event for both the kids participated the program and those who came as audiences. My kids involved in the Chinese yoyo performance. They got a great chance to demonstrate a very ancient Chinese toy which can help to develop body coordination yet very fun to play. It is very meaningful nowadays since the technology dragged all kids to the tiny screen of the electronic devices. I am glad to see a lot of interests from the audience especially from young kids. West Park Festival provided a great opportunity for community kids to explore a wild variety of performing arts. Please keep this culture and do it again next year. It is a great event for both the kids participated the program and those who came as audiences. My kids involved in the Chinese yoyo performance. They got a great chance to demonstrate a very ancient Chinese toy which can help to develop body coordination yet very fun to play. It is very meaningful nowadays since the technology dragged all kids to the tiny screen of the electronic devices. I am glad to see a lot of interests from the audience especially from young kids. West Park Festival provided a great opportunity for community kids to explore a wild variety of performing arts. Please keep this culture and do it again next year.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with this non-profit as a teaching artist the past few years. They truly care about the students and strive to not only provide them with safe, fun, and edifying after school activities, but they even find ways of enriching daytime classrooms with the arts in ways that help the students to achieve more than they would have otherwise! One amazing example of this is when they hired actors to attend an english class and perform scenes from the book that the class was currently reading! This organization is wonderful, and they will continue to inspire, and positively change the lives of young people, for as long as they are in operation!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked at Camp Ginko this summer as an Artist Counselor. Camp Ginko provides a peaceful, positive environment where campers can share experiences and enjoy learning, away from the stresses of urban life. I had never before experienced a summer camp where 100% of the staff is so thoroughly committed to the campers. West Park Cultural Center fosters a supportive community environment for the campers and staff. As an Artist Counselor, I was able to develop and improve my teaching methods, lessons and activities in a supportive environment.

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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