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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, Saturday Classes, Camp Ginkgo, and West Park Arts Fest.

Target demographics: children, youth and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,900 children, youth and adults

Geographic areas served: West Philadelphia

Programs: Afterschool (ceramics, film, theatre) Arts, Arts for Literacy during the school day, Camp Ginkgo, danceLogic on Saturdays, and the annual West Park Arts Fest.

Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the West Park Cultural Center and dance logic program. I've learned so much about coding and how dance is related to that. My instructors are great and really care about us. If we need extra help they are there and they really make class fun. I am learning so much.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working at West Park Cultural Center for the last several months. They are a wonderful organization with critical educational programming.

Niesha K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the West Park Cultural Center for over 5 years. I really enjoy it. I dedicate my time and skills because this is an organization that truly cares about our kids. They do a great job of exposing our community youth to not only arts but different cultures as well. WPCC is family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the West Park Cultural Center for the past few years. I volunteer my time as the PR Manager for the West Park Arts Fest. Our planning group is diverse and everyone works together. I have never worked with such good people ever. Everyone who volunteers here enjoy what they do and love to give back to the community.

Leslie101

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the Board of the West Park Cultural Center and have been engaged in the community since 2008. WPCC provides wonderful resources for children and families that may never get opportunities to participate in arts- based programs as there are often financial barriers. It's amazing to see all of the wonderful program offerings.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The West Park Cultural Center is a great arts-based community non-profit that brings creativity to children and families in a very deserving neighborhood in the Parkside section of Philadelphia.

Jasmine16

Board Member

Rating: 5

great opportunities for children of all ages and families. i look forward to working with the organization in various capacities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization that provides MANY opportunities to the community

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Outstanding programming with focus on STEM and team empowerment

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with danceLogic has been a great experience.
The combination of dance and programming was an excellent idea.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The West Park Cultural Center is an excellent and beloved arts institution in the Parkside neighborhood. They offer a great range of programs and are deeply rooted in the community. We are honored to partner with them on a number of initiatives, including the annual West Park Arts Fest. They are a resource and a haven for local children and a great voice for positive neighborhood change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

West Park Cultural Center is a great neighborhood-based organization, providing critical access to the arts through a range of programs and a fantastic annual arts festival that is both a local and regional draw.

Aaliyah S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

West Park Cultural Center continues to be an exemplary visual arts non profit. I was fortunate to attend my second Annual Arts Fest and the inspiration provided by all the community performances was great. Some students were even gifted with technology to further assist them! Having art lessons available as an outlet continues to be necessary and the fact this program strives to make this affordable and accessible is beyond great! In addition to observing the ceramics program i have also observed a dance (performance) arts program, summer camp activities and coding course!

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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to represent an organization that uses the arts as a wider world teaching tool. West Park Cultural Center utilizes almost every dollar raised to provide quality after school and summer programming for children and arts and literacy programs for adults.

Joyce S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

West Park Cultural Center is a great asset in our community. Its an example of community pride and empowerment!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined the West Park Cultural Center staff and could not be happier with my decision. I started teaching the after school ceramic program at the Microsoft School of the Future and it would not be possible without the support of the staff I get from WPCC.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WPCC provides invaluable arts education and services for youth and adults in Philadelphia. I have worked at the summer camp, Camp Gingko, for three years, and have seen students blossom and find confidence in their creative voice thanks to these programs. West Park Cultural Center is an organization that not only community oriented, but also has strong relationships to individuals and families of those communities.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

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 .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched with great pride the work of West Park Cultural Center in my community. The organization provides children excellent arts programming at low and no cost if a family is unable to pay their very modest fees. I have also enjoyed their West Park Arts Fest that happens every year and appreciate the cultural diversity it offers.

Dianne Brieze T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My band has performed at the West Park Arts Fest for the past 4 years. Very impressed with their community outreach, educational programs and dedication to the youth of the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The West Parker Cultural Center has served the children in and out of our community for many years. West Park currently has a professional ceramic instructor who teaches the children how to create beautiful art at the after school program which takes place at the School of the Future. During Summer months The West Park Cultural Center holds a camp that has given many children an opportunity to travel to New York to see beautiful plays, enjoy amusement Parks and more.West Park Cultural also provides scholarships for children who's families could not afford for them to attend summer camp.

Aileen H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The students from the ACE program at Martha Washington enjoys CERAMICS that WPCC offers every Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Manuel McDonnell S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

West Park Cultural Center uses arts and culture as a central tool in programs that help youth tap their creative and academic potential. And as a steward of the organization, and past participant in their programs, I know that each and every contributed dollar is spent directly on the mission and delivering programs that make impact on West Philadelphia.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The West Park Cultural Center is an amazing organization that exposes the youth to the arts, a variety of arts for low-cost, sometimes even free. With so many programs that benefit art being cut, it's great to know an organization like this thrives within my neighborhood. Every staff member is great, no matter how much or how little you interact with them, they are welcoming and put art first!