Get to Know the Grantee: Danse4Nia

“…develop a teaching style that can speak to all learning abilities…”     We are excited to hear from our first-time grantee Danse4Nia, a multi-cultural contemporary modern dance company committed to using dance to foster personal, cultural and social change.   Founder, CEO and Artistic Director Antoinette Coward-Gilmore shared some insights with her answers to […]

Get to Know the Grantee: Norris Square Neighborhood Projects

“… I was the only adult in their life that they have truly trusted.” Norris Square Neighborhood Projects believes in art inside and out.  With a social justice lens, NSNP is committed to the people and surroundings of their community.   When do you know your work is making a difference? I know my work is […]

Get to Know the Grantee: Allens Lane Art Center

“Sustainability.”     Allens Lane Art Center is the 2019 winner of the George Bartol Arts Education Award for their Vision Thru Art program but that is only part of their story.  Executive Director Craig Stover filled us in on the rest (and his love of tacos) with his answers to our questions of the […]

Get to Know the Grantee: Project 440

“Because music is there for you when people aren’t.”     Project 440’s “Doing Good” program is a 30-session intensive after-school entrepreneurial program that provides guidance to high school musicians who want to positively impact their communities.  A first time grantee, Project 440 uses music as a jumping off point to strengthen identity and build […]

Get to Know the Grantee: Theatre Exile

“…whatever is going on in your life, try to bring your best self to class.”     Theatre Exile is committed to theatre, especially in its South Philly neighborhood. Paper Wings is Theatre Exile’s in-school residency outreach program.  Experienced, professional teaching artists go into the classroom once a week and work with students to help […]

Get to Know the Grantee: Big Picture Alliance

“It’s like I’m becoming the person I always wanted to be, but never thought I could.”       Big Picture Alliance participants make movies…and much more.  Students learn to collaborate, express their ideas and persevere bring a vision to reality.   We asked Executive Director Aleks Martray our questions of the day about their […]

The Story of Destiny | Introducing our New Social Media Coordinator

We are so excited to introduce our new Social Media Coordinator, Destiny Washington. Destiny makes sure we spread the word about Bartol’s opportunities, workshops and resources. She also celebrates our grantees and community members making a difference. Tell us about how your journey to having your own social media business, Destiny / Design Co. I […]

Telling Stories Part 2 | Learning Together

Telling Our Stories In our last blog post, we shared some statistics about the teaching artist eco-system.  Our 2019 Teaching Artist Survey also asked you specifically about what kinds of programs would help support your teaching practice.  As we reviewed your ideas and started making plans, we noticed a theme emerging in our fall and […]

Telling Stories Part 1 | Teaching Artists Survey 2019

What we know about teaching artists…from you!  It seems like ages ago that we sent out our annual Teaching Artist Survey – and 170 of you answered!  Like many of you, we said goodbye to summer and dove right into buying our school supplies, looking for our long-sleeved t-shirts and planning our fall programs.  But […]

Bartol/Small But Mighty Arts Micro-Grants: Teaching Artistry Meets Community

*Bartol’s 2019 micro-grant application is open online through Sunday, August 25. Learn more about how to apply: https://bartol.org/our-grantees/ta-microgrants/.   In early 2018, the Bartol Foundation partnered with Small But Mighty Arts (SBMA) to award micro-grants to teaching artists working on community-based projects. Although it may be called a “micro-grant,” the impact on teaching artists is […]