The Arts League is the neighborhood hub for arts education in West Philadelphia. Our contemporary art center champions intergenerational learning with a wide array of visual and performing arts programs, classes, workshops and residencies. We are committed to our relationships with surrounding schools, community centers, individuals and our neighbors. Historically dedicated to cultivating and sustaining new talent by way of offering consistent paid opportunities, professional development and exhibiting space to the broader arts community. The Arts League functions as an amplifier for creative voices of all backgrounds, providing the space for exploration, growth and joy. 

Our primary goals are:

  • To provide a welcoming space for people of all backgrounds to experience the arts
  • To encourage and support the development of the arts
  • To bring the arts to the community through partnerships and educational outreach

We pursue these goals through an exciting array of classes for children and adults, critically-acclaimed gallery exhibits highlighting local and emerging artists and outreach to our local community. Our programs are guided by an overarching commitment to these founding values:

Welcoming Community

We believe that cost, age, race, culture, sexual orientation, or infirmity should not be an obstacle to enjoying and learning from the arts.

Development of the Arts

We believe in the importance of the arts to enrich individual lives, to improve the quality of life in a community and, therefore, to serve as an important contributor in the community.

Partnerships and Educational Outreach

We believe that the arts can be a great common denominator in uniting diverse communities to explore shared artistic passion. A commitment to education through the arts is a critical component of our mission. Check out our classes, exhibits and events to learn more about the special ways the Arts League enriches the West Philadelphia community and beyond.