Urban Arts, Culture, & Humanities Partnership Program

The Urban Arts, Culture, & Humanities Partnership Program (UACHP) utilizes arts, culture, and humanities to build bridges that connect Penn students and faculty and West Philadelphia communities. Tapping the potential of the deeply human need for expression, this program’s partnerships improve teaching, learning, and research while increasing cross-community understanding and supporting community development. The program engages Penn faculty and students of all levels, teachers, students, and parents in the public schools, city residents of many ages and backgrounds, and dynamic local artists of all disciplines. 

Urban Arts, Culture, & Humanities Partnership projects communicate the excitement and deep meaning of these topics through first-hand participation. They generate new audiences for Philadelphia cultural treasures and assist communities in documenting their traditions and artistry. The program encourages active, engaged, happy, healthy communities across Penn and West Philadelphia by examining and celebrating the modes of expressing our deepest values.

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Components of the Urban Arts, Culture, & Humanities Partnership Program include:

  • Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) Courses focused on Arts, Culture, & Humanities

  • Arts-Based After-School Programs Student Employment Opportunities

  • Penn Student Employment Opportunities

  • Conferences and Colloquia

  • Featured Arts Partnership Events

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Mural Arts ABCS course

The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program awards West Philadelphia artists 1 year of free studio space at 40th & Chestnut Sts. In exchange, residents share their talents within West Philadelphia by leading workshops, teaching classes, exhibiting, etc.

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These projects focus on the music of the old and new African diasporas, focusing mostly on African American communities in West Philadelphia. The classes from which these projects emanate range from advanced graduate seminars to freshman seminars.

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Open to incoming college freshman, the Music and Social Change Residential Program in Fisher-Hassenfeld House in the Quadrangle explores the many ways in which individuals use music in their everyday lives to develop who they are and, often subconsciously, to advance their own social and economic position. Students participate in a year-long ABCS seminar. 

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The Rotunda, located at 4014 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA, is a community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods.

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This site is the result of an ongoing research partnership between students, both graduate and undergraduate, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University’s wider West Philadelphia community. The materials presented at this site are generated in ABCS-style courses taught in the Music Department by Ethnomusicology professors Carol Muller and Tim Rommen, and sponsored by the Netter Center and PRRUCS.

 

For more information on UACHP, please contact:

Faculty Director of the Urban Arts, Culture, & Humanities Partnership Program and Moorman-Simon Faculty Fellow: Carol Muller camuller@sas.upenn.edu

Coordinator of Urban Arts, Culture, & Humanities Partnership Program: Suzana Berger suzanab@sas.upenn.edu