Arts Resources for Children and Youth in Philadelphia—1995-1997

Document Type

Research Report




This report, commissioned in 1995 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, presents findings of a study of arts and cultural resources for children and youth in Philadelphia. The purpose of the project was to examine access to and opportunities in the arts for young people and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the citywide system. The project used two perspectives to assess resources. First, the research team developed a geographic data base of existing nonprofit youth arts providers and arts in the public schools. This was combined with US census data to examine the geography and socio-economic context of existing services. Second, the team conducted over 40 interviews with cultural organizations and city agencies to understand relationships among different providers as a network of children’s arts resources.

Appendix A lists the 229 nonprofit youth-serving cultural organizations in Philadelphia and identifies the 47 providers that participated in the qualitative phase of the study.


This report was commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts to take stock of existing arts resources for children and youth in the city of Philadelphia. The project was conducted from June 1995 through March 1996 by the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation in association with Mark J. Stern and Susan C. Seifert as Research and Policy Associates.



Date Posted: 19 April 2017