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

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Jasmine16

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization that provides MANY opportunities to the community

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that truly goes all out for their community. We work really hard to raise the funds for our free annual Arts Fest that is growing larger every year. In addition, we have created new partnerships to expand the services and experiences of the community we serve.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

West Park provides the best educational and arts program ever. The best part is that it is all free! As a former teacher, I can't tell you how wonderful it was to have help during school time and after school time. What ever I needed appeared magically. As a former WEPIC teacher from Turner Middle School, I know the difference between an organization whose main purpose is to help children and teachers achieve their goals, and not use them to benefit their college or university. For example, why have kids learn about dental hygiene, bring in students from a dental school, identify cavities in their mouths but not fix them? Service was uneven and benefited the dental students and university to secure grants. Without community by in and involvement they just fade away.
However, West Park is different. They are the community and are committed to making a difference in the lives of the children from their community. This is why it is successful and a sustainable force of energy within the school and surrounding community.
I met the director of West Park at the School of the Future. Their program was outstanding. I did not have to find them, they found me. They were instrumental in providing artists in residence volunteers for many service learning projects I designed. For example, when my students were working on the Presidents House project in Philadelphia, they provided not only the resources I needed, but made the arrangements to bring them right into my classroom. My docents who were training for the Belmont Mansion, worked with two artists and created a wall mural about Eden Cemetery, the first private black cemetery in the nation. It suffers from vandalism and the students worked on eliminating this problem by creating videos, art and educational web quests to educate and share with students who live near Eden.
I cannot explain how my students felt to meet one of the last Buffalo soldiers from WWII AND a film producer all the way from Italy who created a film about these heroic men. This is the kind of educational experiences West Park provides. It was also a back door way of exposing my students to opera, because an opera about these men is being created.

They exposed students to plays, music and had the. Involved in making the West Park festival, a yearly event grow to include all of the other historic homes and museums within its boundaries. They know how to build consensus and this quality is essential to their continued success. My five years of receiving and giving back to this non-profit. Has been quite a ride.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently began working for West Park Cultural Center as a ceramic instructor and a program like this is necessary for the Philadelphia community. I feel so privileged to work with talented, caring and respectful students and parents everyday. Coming to work feels like a second home and family. I look forward to my job each day. I am also thankful to work with a great and supportive staff as well!

mrRon

Board Member

Rating: 5

West Park offers the under served youth of our city a wonderful opportunity that would otherwise less likely be afforded to them, and for that and the due diligence to service youth and family in the community i nominate West Park Cultural Center a 5 star Great Non Profit

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Everytime i work with West Park Cultural, it is a wonderful and pray experience for both myself and those of whom we serve. Recently having the pleasure of coordinating the summer camp Camp Ginkgo i can truly say that West Park's dedication to culture and raise positive and productive youth from Philadelphia is unmatched and flat out admirable. I want to be attached to such greatness for as long as it's possible...ten thumbs up from me!

Leslie101

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

West Park Cultural Center truly works with the West Park community in all aspects from the very young to the young at heart. Conducting several projects annually, WPCC fills many of the blanks left in education, arts, humanities by other entities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the best organization I have ever served on. They create miracles.

1 Benjamin10

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been working with WPCC for the past 7 years, designing their graphics and promotional materials. I love these people, they're the most dedicated bunch of educators, community members and activists I've ever met.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first got involved with the West Park Cultural Center about three years ago. I was a new transplant to the Parkside Community and found them hosting a large outdoor Arts Festival. They had music, dance, acrobatics, art, drummers and much much more. I was very excited to see the arts alive in the Parkside area. I asked a few questions and found out that all of this was hosted by the West Park Cultural Center. This was not just a one shot deal; this is a group that is deeply imbedded in the Parkside Community. They sponsor GED classes, basic education classes, computer, art and music classes and they run a six week Arts camp for kids from the community during the summer. And let’s not forget their biggest event, the West Park Arts Fest, which is an annual event that is held every June in the Parkside community. From my experiences with the organization I’m certain that the WPCC truly has a positive effect on the residents of Parkside. Well Done!

1 Ismail A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The West Park Cultural Center has an amazing program that I have benefited from directly. As a former student of the program I can definitely say that being apart of West Park has changed my life for the better. I received free music lessons and arts education while enrolled in the program through a partnership that they had and still currently have with my old high school. West Park was instrumental in my decision to pursue a career in music and since my graduation from the program I have been selected to be on the board of directors. I am currently a working musician and i attribute most of my current success to what I learned while enrolled in WPCC's program.