UCAL Closed for Holiday Break! The office of The University City Arts League will be closed starting Tuesday, December 24, re-opening Thursday January 2. After school classes will resume on the 4th. Classes for adults will resume on Monday January 6. Online registration is available.
January 6 - March 2
January 2 - April 11
Annual Craft Show and Sale
Handbags for Julie Lange
Mug by Stephanie Threet
Silk scarves by Anne Foresman
|University City Arts League’s (UCAL) Annual Craft Show and Sale
with elegant, unique and affordable items for the entire family. The Show features hand-made one-of-a-kind creations by 30 local artists. The exhibit opens with a preview for UCAL members only Friday, December 6 from 6pm-8pm and an opening free reception for the general public Saturday, December 7 from 6pm-8pm. The show and sale runs through Sunday, December 22. University City Arts League is located at 4226 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA. For more information, contact UCAL.
Now in its 14th year, this ever-so-popular in-house Arts League Craft Show showcases the artistry of 30 talented local artists including UCAL faculty and student works. New this season are exquisite hand-made On 3 Design handbags by Julie Lange; custom silk fibers and scarves by Anne Foresman; all natural ancillary products by Soapbox Holistics by Christine and Sharleen Stevens; handmade boxes and journals by Bridget Morris; greeting cards by Tremain Smith; and INDICAN jewelry by Ashley Peel Pinkham.
Returning are adorable knit Teddy bear hats by Eleni Delopoulo; unique T-shirts by Paul Carpenter; delicate hand blown glass by Lindsey Gilbert; state-of-the-art pottery by Stephanie Threet, Dave Fowler and Ken Beidler; eye-catching costume and fine art jewelry by Charlene Heard, Jennifer Sweda, Laia Davenport, Kelly Ann Mifflin, Heidi Roland and Morgan Jamison.
Expect to see and purchase wearable art; all kinds and sizes of pottery from functional to ornamental; scraves, purses and hats; hand painted cards and ornaments; bead work; precious metal and costume jewelry, wall hangings, jams/jellies, soaps and unusual gifts for that very special person. Proceeds benefit the UCAL Scholarship Fund and programs.
Maintaining the tradition, the gallery is open every day from December 8-22. Hours are Monday-Friday 3pm-8pm; and Saturdays and Sundays Noon-6pm.
2014 UCAL Annual AuctionSave the Date - May 10!
It's cast in stone. Saturday night, May 10. We'll be returning to the Hall of Flags at Houston Hall on Penn's campus in response to the positive feedback of last year's auction event. More to come.
Arts League Gets Funding from Philadelphia FoundationThe University City Arts League has received a $22,000 grant from the Philadelphia Foundation to support the conduct of a business and revenue plan. The plan, to be produced by Fairmount Ventures, will help the organization grow its programs over the next three years both on and off site. R. Andrew Swinney, President of The Philadelphia Foundation said that the initiative was being awarded through the following funds of the Foundation: the Elizabeth Jamison O’Brien Fund, Carrie P. Cascaden Fund, House of Rest Endowment Fund, the Richard R. and Charlotte C. Wright Memorial Fund and the Fund for Children.
Nancy Cox - In MemoriamDonations 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.
Arts League Elects Seven New Members to Board of DirectorsMarie Witt
Marie Witt, Vice President, Business Service, University of Pennsylvania, has been named secretary of the board of directors of the University City Arts League.
Elected to three-year terms to the board of directors were:
- Mary Allegra, community leader
- Justin B. Bolker, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
- Jennifer C. Danifo, Pennsylvania Humanities Council
- Jennifer Greenberg, grant writer and community and economic development consultant
- Angela McIver, PhD, founder and CEO, Math Foundations, LLC
- Cheryl Roebuck, community leader
- Paul Wheeling, city planning consultant
Arts League Offering Classes at Powel SchoolThe 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 CenterThe 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.
Keepers ProjectThe Keepers Project is a West Philadelphia community-based dance theater project tailored to people 65 years of age and older of all skill levels and backgrounds. Do you have stories to tell about your family, roots and history that you would like to share with a group? No experience is needed just a willingness to connect and be involved. Workshops are free. Workshops will explore your stories that may include traditions, immigrating to the US, or life-changing moments through a series of guided movement and theater exercises. Sessions will be documented. Participants will keep a journal and leave with a workshop portfolio. Sessions are: Dec. 19, Jan. 23, Feb. 20 & March 20.
Anne-Marie Mulgrew, artistic director of Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. (AMM & DCO) and assisted by company member, Megan Wilson Stern will conduct and facilitate sessions.
The Keepers Project is supported by an Art and Change grant from the Leeway Foundation with University City Arts League as change partner and host. Please RSVP and spread the word Call Anne-Marie Mulgrew 215-462-7720 Email email@example.com Visit www.annemariemulgrewdancersco.org.
Weekly Lindy Hop/Blues DancesThe 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 ServicesAs 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 neededYou could make a difference! See ways you can help UCAL.