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ArtWell was founded in 2000 to respond to the chronic community violence in Philadelphia by introducing a preventive, educational, arts-oriented approach to reach underserved communities and youth facing discrimination, poverty, violence, and the everyday challenges of growing up. Our mission is to support young people and their communities through multidisciplinary arts expression, education, and creative reflection to celebrate their strengths, thrive while facing complex challenges, and awaken their dreams.

ArtWells Programs?

HeartBeat music program! Building on 15 years of partnership with Marcy Francis and Jan Jeffries, ArtWell’s Percussion Artists-­in­-Residence, the program uses the power of West African and Afro-­Caribbean music and tradition as a vehicle to engage youth, while integrating ArtWell’s expertise in poetry for literacy-building and reflection.

  • HeartBeat music program Building on 15 years of partnership with Marcy Francis and Jan Jeffries, ArtWell’s Percussion Artists-­in­-Residence, the program uses the power of West African and Afro-­Caribbean music and tradition as a vehicle to engage youth, while integrating ArtWell’s expertise in poetry for literacy-building and reflection.

  • The Art of Growing Leaders is an expansion of The Art of Growing Up® program, ArtWell’s long-running rites of passage module. Through mask-making, poetry and multi-disciplinary arts, students build trust with one another and explore their identity and aspirations, inspired by cross-cultural coming of age traditions. Later in the program, students identify their unique strengths as leaders and work together on a social action project using art for advocacy and activism.

  • We the Poets® program, ArtWell’s longest running program, builds literacy skills, communication, self expression and fosters a love of a learning through poetry. The We the Poets curriculum is aligned with state and core standards for grades 1-12 and has been used in Pennsylvania districts for standardized test (PSSAs) preparation tied to literacy comprehension.

  • EcoArts uses art, poetry, and reflection to engage youth in exploring and redefining what the “environment” means to them. In EcoArts workshops, students reflect on not only how they can impact and care for their surroundings, but how the environment can impact their lives and well being. They will use arts and poetry to imagine the world they want to live in and advocate for environmental justice and sustainability.

  • ArtWell’s MasterPeace® program engages students and communities in large-scale arts processes such as murals, mosaics and installations, in order to overcome obstacles, build bridges and lift up strengths.
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