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2014 Picasso Project Awards

Public Citzens for Children and Youth has announced the 14 schools it will award grants to this year.

Fresh off of winning the 2014 GroundSwell Award, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)'s Picasso Project is giving out some awards of their own this Monday, January 27th at World Cafe Live.


PCCY is one of the lead organizations in our region when it comes to advocating for healthcare and public education rights for children and families. The PCCY Picasso Project was created in 2002 "to increase arts education opportunities for students in the School District of Philadelphia and improve the capacity of schools to provide arts education experiences."

The Picasso Awards are arts education grants. Fourteen schools across the city will be awarded grants for their projects this year:

Bache Martin Elementary School (Fairmount) will create “Corinthian Gardens Outdoor Art” with community partners The Clay Studio and Friends of Eastern State Penitentiary Park.

Bodine High School (Northern Liberties) will produce a multimedia performance in “Portals to the Past / Portals to the Future” with community partner the BARETEETH Performance Crew.

William Cramp Elementary School (Fairhill) will engage in “Conflict Resolution Theater” with community partners Taller Puertorriqueño and Via Taller Puertorriqueño.

Stephen Girard Elementary School (West Passyunk) will create original prints and raise funds for school art supplies by engaging in “Printmaking for Art Awareness and Funding” with community partner All Heart Art Cart.

Andrew Jackson Elementary School (Passyunk Square / Bella Vista) will explore diverse cultures with “Fabrics, Flowers, Foods” murals with community partners COSACOSA art at large, Inc. and the Passyunk Square Civic Association.

Fitler Academic Plus 1-8 (Germantown) will bridge gaps between youth and adults by creating an “Emerging Artists Youth Cafe” with community partners Young Audiences NJ & Eastern PA, Home & School Association, Brown’s Shop Rite, and the SoLo/Germantown Civic Association.

Alexander McClure Elementary School (Nicetown-Tioga) will design and create a signature mosaic  in “Growing United” with community partners COSACOSA art at large, Inc, Nicetown-Tioga Improvement Team, and the 43rd Ward.

 Thomas Mifflin Elementary School (Northeast Philadelphia) will tackle the subject of bullying from a multicultural perspective in “The Cinderella Project” with community partners Philadelphia University P.U.M.P and Friends of Mifflin.

George W.  Nebinger Elementary School (Bella Vista/Queen Village) will integrate art and science through their “Gateway to the Environment”mural  project with community partners Fleisher Art Memorial, Friends of Nebinger, and Nebinger Home & School Association.

Samuel  Powel Elementary School (University City) will create opportunities for students to learn about different cultures through art with “Latin America: People & Places” with community partners University City Arts League.

James Rhoads Elementary School (Mill Creek) will create a 3D ceramic pottery installation and help students define identity with their “MasterPeace” project working with community partner ArtWell.

Allen M. Stearne Elementary School (Frankford) will help students write their own stories through “Star Power” with community partners ArcheDream for Humankind, parent volunteers and teaching artists.

Swenson Arts and Technology High School (Northeast Philadelphia) will combine STEM and silkscreen printmaking  in “Proficient Posters and Advanced Apparel” with community partners Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Zoo, Gustavo Garcia and Brandywine Print Workshop.

Vare-Washington Elementary School (South Philadelphia) will build community through “Visual and Word Portraits: Building Community at the Abigail Vare Elementary School with community partners Society Hill Synagogue and Fleisher Art Memorial.

Congratulations to all of these schools! We love to see that so many of the projects engage students with their surrounding community and neighborhood organizations.

To learn more about PCCY's Picasso Project, click here.