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UCAL 2014 Auction - Spring Fling!!!

Join us at our annual auction on May 10th, starting at 6:00pm at Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania. To order tickets, see http://www.biddingforgood.com/ucal2014/.

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Spring Sessions Start in April

Spring classes at the Arts League coming up in April. A 9-week after school session starts on April 21 and extends to June 13. The adult sessions will be 8 weeks and starts on April 28 and goes to June 22.

Half Price Tuition for Mid-Week Day-Time Pottery Classes and Family Pottery

Thanks to a promotion with FunSavers, students can avail themselves of half-price tuition for the spring session for adult pottery classes Monday and Wednesday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and to family pottery classes on Saturday afternoons 1:15 to 2:45. Here is the link to sign up for the classes. http://funsavers-university-city-arts-league.ticketleap.com/

New Web Site to Debut

The University City Arts League has begun work with Zero Defect Design, LLC on a new website that should be ready to debut in spring/summer 2014, thanks to a grant from the Philadelphia Foundation. Zero Defect has does sites for organizations including the Clay Studio, Fleisher Art Memorial and the Wayne Arts Center The new website will have an integrated Content Management System, a mobile version for phones and tablets and printer-friendly style sheets. The new site will help the Arts League roll out new classes for adults and youth after school, especially middle school students.

Ice Cream Bowl Coming

You’ve heard of the chili bowl, when our potters throw bowls that are then sold to the public who fill them with chili from their favorite local restaurants. Last year, some 200 people participated in the Chili Bowl. Now, we’re debuting the ice cream bowl. On Sunday June 8, those same potters will be offering up smaller bowls to be filled with ice cream from one of University City’s many famous ice cream makers. Stay tuned for more details.

The Porch Outreach

After a long winter, celebrate spring at the Porch at 30th Street Station on April 16. From 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. watch or participate in a demonstration and workshop to make aeriums with Arts League teaching artist Kelly Anne Mifflin, of Stitch Prism (hyperlink: http://www.stitchprism.com/). Aeriums are beautiful glass containers filled with air plants that don't require soil. The Arts League won two grants from the University City District which runs the Porch to gain a spot at Porch festivities. The Arts League will offer a second Porch event in June: hoop dancing.

Picasso Project at Samuel Powel School

Arts League teaching artist Sara Karlen begins teaching the Art of Latin America: People and Places at the Samuel Powel School in April, thanks to a grant from PCCY. The combined application of the school with the Arts League as its partner is one of only 14 schools in the city to be awarded funding. Arts League classes will occur during the school day. The project runs until the end of the end of the semester. In addition, the Arts League continues its weekly after school arts program at the Powel School.

Summer Camp 2014

Art in the Big, Green World - Join us this summer as we explore the natural world though art and think about how we can help this big,green world. We will create unique art projects inspired by nature and enjoy the great outdoors. For questions or to register now call us at 215-382-7811. Early registration discounts available until May first. We are also offering a 5% discount for siblings and a 5% discount if you register for multiple sessions. More information...

Other News

  • Nancy Cox - In Memoriam

    Donations are still being accepted for the University City Arts League Nancy J. Cox Education Fund for Youth. Nancy, a longstanding West Philadelphia resident and former Director of the University City Arts League and Democratic Committee leader, died on August 28. Nancy’s family established the fund. Contact the UCAL office to make donations.
  • 2014 Arts League Executive Board of Directors

    Marie Witt
    Interim Chair. Marie D. Witt, Vice President, Division of Business Services, University of Pennsylvania.

    Vice Chairman. Dr. Josh Perelman, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections for the National Museum of American Jewish History.

    Secretary. Cheryl Roebuck, community activist and music educator.

    Treasurer. Vijay Kapoor, Director of the Workforce Consulting Practice at Public Financial Management in the firm’s Strategic Consulting group.
  • Arts League Offering Classes at Powel School

    The Arts League has begun an after-school arts program at the Powel School in Powelton Village. The sessions are on Friday afternoons. Classes being offered are "Art Detectives" and "Comic Book Art". The program developed when a group of Powel parents asked the Arts League if we would be interested in teaching there. A meeting with the principal followed and the program kicked off. It has been very well received.
  • Arts League Working with Elderly at LIFE Center

    The Arts League continues to work with the infirm elderly at the LIFE Center at 45th and Chestnut Streets in West Philadelphia bringing art, pottery and writing classes to residents of West Philadelphia. LIFE is a day center for the elderly founded by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Seniors are working on poetry, making pottery items and drawing and painting. Most participants are over 70 years old; one 100-year plus year old woman is a regular. A show is in the works.
  • Weekly Lindy Hop/Blues Dances

    The University City Arts League is hosting Thursday night Lindy Hop and Blues classes and open dances. The classes run from 8 to 9 and is followed by a dance from 9 to 11. Everyone is welcome and admission is only $5. The Thursday evening classes called "Jazz Attack" is sponsored by Lindy Hop and Blues, a not for profit organization hoping to promote dance within the City of Philadelphia. The Arts League, which offers an array of dance classes incuding tango, salsa, bellly dancing, modern dance and flamencon is pleased to partner with Lindy Hop and Blues.
  • Escort Services

    As an extension of Penn's safety escort service, the University City District Public Safety Program has brought UC Walk to the community. Those needing someone to walk them to transportation, a meeting, a class at the Arts League or home can call 215-898-WALK (9255), and an ambassador will be dispatched. This service operations 24 hours a day.
  • Volunteers needed

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