When children have access to arts in school, they become creative thinkers and better students. Since its inception in 2002, the Picasso Project has provided over 55,000 children access to innovative arts projects by providing grants to their schools. The Picasso Project awards grants to Philadelphia public schools annually to support projects in creative, performing and digital arts. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of arts programs at under-resourced schools, improve school climate by giving kids an outlet to work together on projects, and spark student interest by integrating arts with core academic subjects. At the same time, students and teachers at Picasso Project schools use their projects to advocate for funding for school arts programs at both the local and state level so future generations of students can express themselves through art at school.
PCCY offers two separate Picasso Project grant models:
- The Picasso Project Arts Education Grant for Teachers provides up to $2,500 for 6 months to support innovative teacher-driven arts projects. Awarded to approximately 20 schools annually.
- The Picasso Project Arts-Rich Schools Grant provides $10,000 per year for up to three years to support the development of strong and sustainable arts programs, which integrate the arts school-wide. Awarded to 3 new schools annually.
- The 6 current Picasso Project Arts-Rich Schools Grant recipients are: A.M.Y. Northwest, Cook-Wissahickon School, C.W. Henry School, McClure Elementary School, Overbrook Education Center, and Thomas Holme Elementary School.
- Click here to read our Blueprint for Building An Arts-Rich School.
Click here to see the 15 Years of Picasso Project Booklet.
Click here to learn how to advocate for additional arts resources for students.