School and Community Partnerships

PAFA provides supplemental educational programming to support student learning, parental engagement, and visual literacy initiatives for predominantly bilingual audiences in the Feltonville and Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

During the academic year, every student at every school receives outreach lessons and visits to the museum. Teachers at all grade levels and subjects have access to professional development workshops, parents are invited to attend free family programs and parent workshops at the museum and in the community to help support creativity at home. PAFA partners with other organizations throughout the year, hosts Spring Arts Festival that celebrate diversity and communities.

About the Program

PAFA is committed to a deep investment with the Kensington and Feltonville communities over many years, working alongside partner teachers, principals, parents and community leaders to use the arts to support critical needs in literacy skills for a largely bilingual community. These programs do not replace the need for qualified art teachers in elementary schools, but work alongside committed professionals to support student learning, parental engagement and visual literacy for all members of the community.

Piloted in 2013-14 with Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary, and now including  Feltonville Intermediate and Gloria Cazares Elementary School (former Philip H. Sheridan Elementary), PAFA's School and Community Partnership brings all aspects of PAFA’s educational programs for students and families to the Kensington and Feltonville Community.

PAFA is also committed to building and strengthening partnerships through the arts and is always interested in hearing from organizations and schools that are interested in joining this effort.

Past Community Partners

  • The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members. Workshops are held during after-school hours using a drop in model, with no registration required providing out-of-school settings for families to create together.  
  • Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival for participating schools and families.
  • Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art workshops to participating students and families.
  • Episcopal Communtiy Services: This great Out of School Time Program provides after-school and summer camp services to elementary and middle school students in the diverse Feltonville neighborhood. PAFA partners with them through their after-school and summer program providing art workshops to participating students and families.
  • COMHAR HOPE: A comprehensive human services organization that implements community centers, community living arrangements, co-occurring behavioral health, addiction and treatment programs for members of the community. PAFA partners with COMHAR's Latino Treatment Program as well as their Allegheny Center. PAFA provides monthly guided Museum Tours as well as art-workshops on-site to participating members.
  • Mann Older Adult Center: This great city center provides congregate meals, recreation, education, health service, transportation and counseling for older adults in the Fairhill community. PAFA provides Mann's members with art-workshops on-site as well as guided Museum Tours for members and their families.
  • Baker Industries: A social enterprise, Baker Industries blends a unique mix of hard-to-employ adults into a nonprofit work program.

The School and Community Partnership Program is funded by major grants from the William Penn Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional generous support provided by the Stephen and Carol Canter Family Foundation and the Christian and Mary Lindback Foundation

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PAFA offers programs for artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about and make art.