Community Partnerships in the Arts

"The children are very excited to come to school on art days. It has allowed them to think abstractly while having fun."

Partner Teacher, Southwark School

Since 1997, Fleisher’s Community Partnerships in the Arts (CPA) program has brought creative art-making experiences to children and youth in public schools and community after-school programs. Fleisher’s trained teaching artists partner with public schools, community organizations, and social service agencies to create arts-integrated residencies that enrich and enhance students’ learning. Projects enable students to develop studio and technical skills in the visual arts, and are culturally relevant and community-oriented.

In Schools

In schools, Fleisher provides arts-integrated residencies that incorporate a range of media, techniques, and technology in projects built on classroom subjects in math, science, language arts, and social studies. Teaching artists collaborate with teachers and principals to ensure creative projects complement teaching and learning in the classroom, respond to the needs and interests of students, and fit into the School District of Philadelphia’s curriculum frameworks. Teaching artists are typically in residence in schools twice weekly for 90-minute sessions over 10 weeks.

In Neighborhoods

In South Philadelphia after-school and summer programs, the CPA program provides a valuable artistic component. Teaching artists work closely with program administrators to develop residencies that respond to the needs and interests of children and youth, while developing art-making skills, techniques, and introducing young people to a variety of materials. Teaching artists are typically in residence in schools twice weekly for 90-minute sessions over four to 10 weeks.

Supported By

Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
Christopher Ludwick Foundation
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation

Community Partners in the Arts Team

Magda Martinez, Director of Programs

ERIKA GUADALUPE NÚÑEZ, COMMUNITY PROGRAMS MANAGER