Since 1997, Fleisher’s Community Partnerships in the Arts (CPA) program has brought creative art-making experiences to children and youth in public schools and community after-school programs. Fleisher’s trained teaching artists partner with public schools, community organizations, and social service agencies to create arts-integrated residencies that enrich and enhance students’ learning. Projects enable students to develop studio and technical skills in the visual arts, and are culturally relevant and community-oriented.

In schools

In schools, Fleisher provides arts-integrated residencies that incorporate a range of media, techniques, and technology in projects built on classroom subjects in math, science, language arts, and social studies. Teaching artists collaborate with teachers and principals to ensure creative projects complement teaching and learning in the classroom, respond to the needs and interests of students, and fit into the School District of Philadelphia’s curriculum frameworks. Teaching artists are typically in residence in schools twice weekly for 90-minute sessions over 10 weeks.

In neighborhoods

In South Philadelphia after-school and summer programs, the CPA program provides a valuable artistic component. Teaching artists work closely with program administrators to develop residencies that respond to the needs and interests of children and youth, while developing art- making skills, techniques, and introducing young people to a variety of materials. Teaching artists are typically in residence in schools twice weekly for 90-minute sessions over four to 10 weeks.

Recent residencies include:

  • Storyboards & Sculptures with Andrew Jackson School: With artist Rana Sindhikara, 29 fifth grade students are learning about figurative language in their literacy curriculum. They are selecting their favorite passages from the books they are reading in class and creating storyboards after learning drawing skills and techniques. Students are creating papier-mâché sculptures of story characters using recycled paper.

  • Darkroom Photography with George McCall School: With artist Joan Oh, eighth grade students are learning the complex process of darkroom photography development. Lesson plans build on the grade’s science curricula, including the properties of light. Students gain hands-on experience in how chemical processes work in developing photographs, and create their own pinhole cameras. The residency includes trips to Fleisher to use its professional darkroom studio equipment.

  • Ancient Artifacts with Southwark School: With artist Joan Oh, Fleisher is working with 34 sixth grade students in a project that builds on the classroom’s history curriculum. Students are learning about civilizations from Ancient Greece through World War II, and will create handmade painted artifacts inspired by each era. Their finished pieces will be displayed in a museum-style archaeological exhibition in the school’s hallway, helping to beautify the learning environment for all students.

Community Partners in the Arts is Made Possible in Part By:

  • Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation

  • Christopher Ludwick Foundation

  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation