Arts education is alive and well in the Philadelphia School District. This will certainly be evident when the High School Jazz Festival is held this month. The auditorium of the High School for the Futures, 4021 Parkside Ave. in West Philadelphia, will come alive with this African-American “classical” music or jazz.
This is right in time to celebrate what is now known as Jazz Music Month. The general admission event will be held on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
“Our All-City Middle School Music Festival will be held at the GAMP High School on May 10 at 7 p.m.,” said Dr. Dennis W. Creedon, deputy chief for academic enrichment and support for the School District. GAMP is located at 2136 Ritner Street in South Philadelphia.
The arts theme continues further into next month as the “Visual Arts, Our Young Artists” makes it debut. This event will be held at the School District’s Administration Building, 440 N. Broad St. in Center City on Thursday, May 17 through the entire summer. “The show has over 2,000 pieces of art on display,” Creedon said.
There will be an opening reception for this exhibit on May 17 at 4:30 p.m. The visual arts display is open to the public every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There was plenty of high energy when the School District presented some of the city’s best public school performing artists at the South Philadelphia Regional Talent Center. It was held at the Universal Audenreid Charter High School, 3301 Tasker St. in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 28 at 5 p.m.
This center, along with the other site at the Martin Luther King High School in East Germantown, offers a free, after-school interdisciplinary roster of classes in arts, music and theatre as well as reading, math and science activities. The centers are open to all Philadelphia youths from grades 5 to 12 who attend one of the city’s public, parochial or private schools.
Funding for the centers is provided through the School District of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Community Learning Center’s grant program. It also has support from Universal Companies Foundations and the Philadelphia in Education Partnership.