Portside Arts Center's Outreach History
In 2010-2011, the Portside launched its first After School Arts Initiative program at Alexander Adaire Elementar, providing two arts enrichment classes and one music class serving over 40 children who have not had the opportunity to experience arts enrichment in their school. The children attended 20 after school arts classes, held twice a week on school grounds receiving 30 hours of arts education. Portside offered one illustration and one guitar class for grades 6th - 8th and one creative visual arts class for grades 1st - 5th. At the end of the program Portside held an awards ceremony, music performance and art exhibition for the participants, their family and classmates. The 2010-2011 program was funded by the students own fundraising efforts lead by middle school teacher Christina Long.
Our After School Arts program was such a success Portside returned to Alexander Adaire Elementary school in the 2011-2012 school year. This time around Portside held one visual arts class for grades 1st - 5th and one mural arts program for grades 6th - 8th. Adaire's student council came up with a diversity theme for their mural because the school was struggling with this amongst their students. The children who participated in the mural program, designed and painted the mural, which now lines the hallway of their school. At the end of both programs, Portside displayed all of the children's hard work by organizing a student art exhibition and awards ceremony. Every child that attended the program received an award of one free Arts & Crafts class at the Portside. The 2011-2012 program was funded by the students own fundraising efforts lead by middle school teacher Christina Long and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program donated supplies to create the mural.
In the 2012-2013 school year, Portside received full support from State Representative John Taylor through Impact Services and the Connelly Foundation for our After School Arts Initiative. With this funding we were able to expand our outreach and impact 6 local schools: St. Laurentius Catholic Elementary School, Our Lady of Port Richmond Elementary School, Mother Of Divine Grace Catholic Elementary School, Richmond Elementary School, Alexander Adiare Elementary School and St Georges Elementary School. Portside provided each school with 20 visual arts classes including an art showing for their family and peers. Portside impacted 120 children and they each received 30 hours of arts education. At the conclusion of each of the 6 programs Portside organized an awards ceremony where each child received a certificate of accomplishment and a gift certificate for a free Arts & Crafts class held at the Portside. Every participating student and their parent evaluated our program with the highest acclaim. Please see pictures below for our 2012-2013 programs.