West Park Cultural Center

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy


4021 Parkside AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19104 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

West Park Cultural Center uses arts and culture as a central tool in programs that help children and youth tap into their creative and academic potential. West Park Cultural Center is where families can access the arts, education, and other programs that contribute to their personal development.


West Park Cultural Center believes in the value of the arts as learning tools. Our instructors represent many arts mediums who design and implement projects that:
- introduce participants to visual thinking skills that can help their problem solving and decision-making at home and in school.
- provide an environment where older and young students of mixed abilities are working together and teaching each other, a place that models "lifelong learning" where the older learners are often beginners and young students are teachers.
- involve art making inspired by collaboration for positive social interaction and teamwork.
- increase the number of under-represented minority girls in STEM education
- give students a compelling reason to engage in difficult tasks by finding the spark that inspires them and keeps them invested in their projects.

Afterschool Classes
Visual Art, Theatre Writing and Performance, and Guitar

Saturday Programming:

danceLogic (combines dance and computer coding) for girls.
Photography/Poetry in the fall and spring

Summer Programming:

Camp Ginkgo began in 2002 and has been at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center since 2006. This four-week Arts and Nature camp serves children aged 5-12. The staff to camper ratio is 1-5. In 2024 the camp will take place at the Horticulture Center and the Maguire Museum.


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