Arts Resources for Children and Youth in Philadelphia

Document Type

Research Report




This report, commissioned in 1995 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, presents the 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 to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the citywide system of resources.

The project used two perspectives to assess resources. First, the research team developed a quantitative 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 providers in cultural organizations and city agencies to understand the relationships among different elements of the network of children’s arts resources.


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