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A scene from the 2019 Artwell Festival.

Awaken Your Dreams

ArtWell was founded in 2000 to respond to the chronic community violence in Philadelphia by introducing a preventive, educational, arts-oriented approach to reach underserved communities and youth facing discrimination, poverty, violence, and the everyday challenges of growing up. Our mission is to support young people and their communities through multidisciplinary arts expression, education, and creative reflection to celebrate their strengths, thrive while facing complex challenges, and awaken their dreams.

ArtWell has grown to partner with over 400 organizations and serve more than 35,000 youth in the Greater Philadelphia region. At least 85% of the young people we work with are residents of low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. In 2016, we served more than 1,000 students in the greater Philadelphia area ages 5-18, including youth from private, public, and disciplinary schools, as well as community organizations and libraries.

Our innovative approach utilizes best practices in Critical Pedagogy, Multicultural Education, Asset Based Youth Development and Social-Emotional Learning.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's About page.

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