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

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

1 Jasmine16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

West Park puts on a really nice festival for the community, and runs a great after school program for youth.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Jon_18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.