What You Told Us: 2020 Teaching Artist Survey

Thanks to the 116 teaching artists who took the time and thought to take our annual survey! And congratulations to TAHIRA who won the $50 gift card raffle. This year more than ever, we really wanted to hear about your practice, how you have been affected by COVID-19, and how you envision your future practice […]

Get to Know the Micro-Grantee: Jasz The Poet

A blog written by one of our micro-grantees, Jasz The Poet about her experiences spiritually, mentally and artistically through quarantine. Quarantine has been a game changer. Coming into this season, there were plenty of things I needed to do or cut but taking action on those tasks was not a priority. However, it feels like […]

2020 Bartol Grant Awards

23 GRANTS TO PHILADELPHIA ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS Philadelphia, PA—The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation announced today that it will distribute $115,000 in grants of $5,000 each to 23 Philadelphia arts and cultural organizations. The Foundation supports organizations in a range of artistic disciplines with an emphasis on arts education and community-based arts programs. A complete list with […]

Get to Know the Micro-Grantee: Candy Gonzalez

While you originally applied to the Bartol Foundation Teaching Artist Micro-Grant for a specific project, we realized this project likely was postponed or perhaps changed altogether.  How are you adapting your project or using this grant differently to support your teaching artist practice? When I applied to Bartol’s Teaching Artist Micro-Grant, the student leaders of Allianza Latinx and […]

Get to Know the Micro-Grantee: Karen Singer

In 2020, we made our selections for the micro-grant winners just as the COVID-19 pandemic closed all schools and community programs. In recognition of these difficult circumstances, we enabled each teaching artist to define how they could use the micro-grant funds to strengthen their teaching artist practice during the shutdown (e.g. developing curriculum, delivering remote […]

Get to Know the Grantee: Portside Arts Center

“The Children. Everything we do here is for them. We get to watch them grow and turn into amazing people.” Portside Arts Center provides a creative and nurturing environment that empowers the artists of tomorrow and creates lifelong patrons of the arts. Director Kim Creighton told us more about their work. What revs you up […]

Get to Know the Grantee: Rock to the Future

“. When children and teens are given the opportunity to learn and grow through music, we see incredible things happen.”   Rock to the Future provides student-driven music programs in a safe and supportive environment at no cost for Philadelphia youth. Here are some enthusiastic and affirming words from this Bartol grantee in answer to […]

Get to Know the Grantee: Philadanco

“Cultivate an engaged listening and learning process…” A joyful shout-out to Philadelphia Dance Company in honor of the 50th anniversary and a warm welcome to their new Interim Executive Director Gaynell Sherrod.   We are excited to hear her thoughtful vision with her answers to our questions of the day.     What revs you […]

Get to Know the Grantee: University City Arts League

“…when your students surpass your expectations and teach you…” Founded more than 50 years ago, people at the University City Arts League never stop learning and thinking of news ways to reach their West Philly community. Executive Director Annette Monnier shares thoughts from their community in their answers to our questions of the day. What […]

Get to Know the Grantee: Wagner Free Institute of Science

“Students involved in the Science, Nature and Art Program are more likely to be academic risk takers.” If you haven’t been to the Wagner Free Institute of Science just off Temple’s Campus, you are missing something that is one-of-a-kind.   Bringing together science and art is just one aspect of this mid-19th century science museum […]