Due to recent COVID-19 developments and restrictions, Portside Arts Center is closed until further notice, and spring programs & classes have been paused.
As an arts non-profit, Portside operates on a limited budget year round. With a loss of income due to cancelled classes, Portside would greatly benefit from any donation, big or small. Donations help to provide income for teachers who are continuing to provide online lessons for our After School Arts Program, and for our administrative staff who continue to coordinate operations and future programming. In addition, donations help to cover overhead costs including rent and bills.
We strive to continue supporting our community through the arts in the best ways we can, and to get through these difficult times as a united whole. We are grateful for our strong and supportive community, and look forward to seeing our students and friends again soon.
SUMMER CAMP 2020
Before you know it, the warm and sunny days of summer will be here. Many local children will spend their summer playing, making friends, developing their social skills and flexing their creativity at Portside’s Summer Art Camp.
We are asking you to help make Summer Art Camp a reality for children whose families cannot afford to send them to a safe and educational out-of-school program like ours. Every year Portside's board and staff raise money to put towards our scholarship fund which helps those in need.
Please consider making a donation to the Portside this month to help us continue "Empowering the Artists of Tomorrow".
How Your Donation Will Be Spent:
All donations will be used to support Portside's Summer Camp Scholarships. We currently have a waiting list of over 15 families who are in need of funding to send their children to camp. Our goal is to raise $2,500 for Summer Art Camp scholarships.
Goals of Portside's Summer Art Camp:
- Provide children with access to high quality arts programming.
- Provide a safe and enriching environment for kids during their summer break from school
- Afford opportunities for kids to feel success.
- Connect families of diverse backgrounds and economic means.
Need for out-of-school time programs:
Portside’s parent evaluations reveal that families need affordable, quality summer camp and after-school options in the greater Port Richmond and Kensington communities.
“It’s just constantly disappointing as a parent to see the cost of childcare as being so unaffordable for so many. We just, unfortunately, live in a culture and a time that does not place much value in supporting parents from low-income communities. Parents are expected to figure it out on their own.” -Portside Parent, Arin Ashley
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