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West Park Cultural Center

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Incredible number of participants--what a huge endeavor. Gives opportunities for so many people of all ages to perform. Very enjoyable day.


Rating: 4

What a treasure!! My daughter was teaching 2nd grade in and elementary school in West Philly. She wanted to provide a summer camp opportunity for a few of her students that had no summer plans. She and I discovered Camp Ginkgo, a summer program offered by West Part Cultural Center. From day one, we were thrilled with the program which is rich in the arts, dance, music, sports, nature and friendship. The staff is talented, caring and eager for the children to grow in all these ways while having a safe summer. I have supported the camp with scholarships and will continue to do so because I believe in what they are doing in the community.