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Two children look at a replica of a painting installed publicly in Philadelphia.
In 2017, the Inside Out initiative brought replicas of collection favorites to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

Community Engagement

The Philadelphia Museum of Art strives to build and maintain partnerships with community organizations, schools, and social service agencies, offering programs and educational opportunities that connect diverse communities with the Museum’s rich collections and resources. Using the arts to support and strengthen community-based initiatives in youth development and arts education, the Museum reaches out to communities around the region to enhance and expand its mission of making art accessible to everyone.

Community Programs

For over 20 years, the Division of Education has developed partnerships with cultural, educational and social service organizations to engage diverse audiences and create a social fabric of inclusion and civic responsibility. With the generous support of grant funding, the museum is able to offer free admission and transportation to a number of Philadelphia-based community organizations.
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Community Partnerships

The Division of Education maintains a long-term commitment to partner organizations to provide collaborative art programs and museum visits for neighborhood groups and families. All projects are created with community leaders to customize curriculum and develop programs that connect with the interests and needs of the community partner. The Division of Education also supports special short-term projects to provide art programs and museum visits themed in conjunction with special exhibitions at the museum. Current community partnerships include Broad Street Ministry, Project HOME and People’s Emergency Center where skilled teaching artists offer on-site art classes.

Museum Tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art education staff work year round with community partners to customize free tours and projects. Each tour and workshop is planned in collaboration to provide a distinctive experience, while reflecting the interests and activities of the community organization.

Teen Programs

Our teen programs are designed to inspire, mentor, and prepare students for leadership roles and further study in the visual arts. For more information and applications contact
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Teen Sketch Club

The Teen Sketch Club began in 2003. This program is for fifteen Philadelphia public school students who are considering a career in the visual or graphic arts. This program runs for 9 weeks each semester. During this year-long program fifteen select students:
  1. Become familiar with outstanding art objects in the Museum’s collection.
  2. Discover and learn about career options in the fine arts.
  3. Develop portfolio materials for applications for future study in the visual and graphic arts.
  4. Increase general visual awareness with aid from professional artists.
Each week will focus on a specific artistic theme such as - architecture, landscape, contour drawing or the human figure. Students will spend time looking and discussing works of art in the museum’s galleries followed by guided drawing experiences. Every session will end in discussion and critique of sketches and experiences in a Division of Education art studio.

TAG (Teen Ambassador Group)

TAG is a unique opportunity for teens ages 14-19 to get involved behind the scenes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. TAG members work with curators, educators, and other museum staff to create programs especially for teens. The program promotes creativity and leadership skills. TAG is a year-long commitment that meets twice a month during the school year.

Delphi Programs

The Delphi Project Foundation, funded by Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, a member of the Tokio Marine Group, supports innovative arts education programs to enhance the education for Philadelphia public school students and increase accessibility to the arts.
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Delphi After School ART CLUB

The Delphi After School Art Club is a weekly comprehensive arts education program held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Each year, up to 240 middle school level students in the School District of Philadelphia participate in the program. The students tour the Museum’s galleries and create their own works of art inspired by the Museum’s collection. In addition to weekly studio art classes and gallery tours, the program includes a student art exhibition, a cultural performance, conservation demonstrations, and a collaborative community art project. The Delphi Art Club focuses on both the creative and academic aspects of visual arts, and most importantly, provides students with a safe and inspiring place to gather after school.

Delphi ART PARTNERS Program

The Delphi Art Partners Program is an artist-in-residence program that pairs six professional teaching artists with six middle schools in the School District of Philadelphia. The professional artists spend 30 hours in residence at the schools and work with the classroom art teachers and students to design and implement engaging art projects. The program is enhanced with customized Museum gallery visits. Through hands-on classroom art projects and Museum tours, the students use the visual arts to add an innovative artistic dimension to their school curriculum. The program also features a student art exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Delphi ART FUTURES Program

The Art Futures Program pairs professional teaching artist with high school art programs. The artists spend 30 hours in residence working with the classroom art teachers and students to design and implement art projects that reflect both the classroom curriculum goals, and the particular expertise of the resident artist. Both the artist and the schools are selected through a competitive process. In addition to creating art in the classroom, the program features customized Museum tours and a juried student art exhibition at the Museum. Each year, Delphi Project Foundation provides funding for five Philadelphia public schools to participate in the program.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art secures additional funding for five Philadelphia area Catholic schools to also participate in the Art Futures Program.

Delphi Summer Teen Media Program

The Delphi Summer Teen Media Program provides unique training both in the visual arts and filmmaking. For six weeks during the summer, students work with professional filmmakers to learn camera techniques, acting exercises, script writing and film editing. The students create a portfolio of short films inspired by the Museum’s collections, public works of art and current social issues. Once the films are complete, the students participate in film screenings at the Museum and in their community. Throughout the summer, the program also exposes the students to career opportunities in both the visual and media arts.

The Museum currently partners with the Big Picture Alliance, Taller Puertorriqueño and Esperanza Academy Charter High School in the implementation of the Delphi Summer Teen Media Program.

Curriculum-based Teaching Resources for the Classroom

The Delphi Project Foundation has supported the creation of a variety of teaching materials for use at all grade levels in the Philadelphia public schools. Based on the Museum’s permanent collections, these resource kits include full color reproductions of works of art, background information, teacher guides with learning activities, posters and power point presentations. These teaching resources encourage all classroom teachers, not just art teachers, to use visual arts as part of their core curriculum instruction. Free to all Philadelphia public schools, they serve as pre-trip materials for classrooms visiting the Museum and as permanent classroom resources for classes that are unable to visit.

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Summer Library Program

In partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Summer Reading program, the museum offers free family passes to library visitors each summer. This program encourages new audiences to visit the museum for free over the summer, supporting community based initiatives while celebrating literacy and the arts.

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580 or by e-mail at .