Our Work

History
In 2008, city and area leaders saw that the quality of education for all Greater Philadelphia’s youth had to be increased in order to keep the region vibrant and competitive in a world economy. Over the course of a year, more than 100 individuals and organizations came together to discuss to address the urgent need of integrating the arts into the education of all youth in Greater Philadelphia.

Responding to this unprecedented call to action, the Philadelphia Education Fund, Fleisher Art Memorial and Public Citizens for Children and Youth formed a unique strategic partnership and created ArtsRising.

What We Do
All of the work of ArtsRising is centered on three core issues. It works:

  • In Schools to Ensure Access to a High-Quality Education Inclusive of the Arts for Every Child.
  • In Communities to Celebrate Our City’s Thriving Neighborhoods.
  • In Life to Engage Young People and Prepare Them for Success in School and Beyond.

ArtsRising’s Approach
ArtsRising takes a broad and deep approach to offering programs both inside and outside schools. Through its core ArtsZones program, it taps the expertise and enthusiasm of educators, parents, and community members at all levels, ArtsRising provides support to arts organizations of all sizes, helping them to build capacity to service youth by partnering with schools.