The mission of The Village of Arts and Humanities is to support the voices and aspirations of the community through providing opportunities for self-expression rooted in art and culture. The Village inspires people to be agents of positive change through programs that encompass arts and culture, engage youth, revitalize community, preserve heritage and respect the environment.


As an organization and as individuals:

We value integrity, honesty, openness, personal excellence, constructive self-criticism, continual self-improvement and unwavering mutual respect.

We regard all the North Philadelphia community as our neighbors, partners, friends and colleagues.

We are committed to improving the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the people and the community as a whole.

We value art as a vehicle to create place, build self-esteem, and engender mutual respect. Art encompasses both the visual and performing arts as well as creativity in thinking, methodology and implementation.

We are committed to preserving the social and cultural heritage of the African American community in which we reside, while simultaneously fostering a sense of multiculturalism that reflects the needs of today’s culturally diverse community.

We embrace what society disdains and throws away, creating a new sense of possibility and hope in the community.

We believe that the strongest leadership is found within the community. Therefore, our programming supports and grows youth and adult residents into community leaders.

Awards + Honors

2000: The Village’s Learning Through the Arts program received a Coming Up Taller award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

2001: Rudy Bruner Gold Medal Award for Urban Excellence recognizing excellence in urban place-making.

2005: The Village was one of nine organizations to receive a grant from Artography, an initiative funded by the Ford Foundation and administered by Leveraging Investments in Culture, which supports arts organizations focusing on the changing demographics in the United States.

2006: The Village received one of the four awarded Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative grants, an initiative funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, for a multimedia exhibition titled, Evoking Spirit, Embracing Memory.

2006: The Village was recognized in PBS series, Eden’s Lost & Found. The book and television series showcased forward-thinking professionals and community activists, across the United States who are transforming cities with the establishment and renovation of urban green spaces.

2012: This past year has recognized The Village’s continued innovations in youth arts engagement; it received a Knight Foundation grant, an Impact100 award, and Philadelphia Cultural Fund Youth Arts Enrichment award for its creative apprenticeship initiative, CRED magazine; a Knights Arts Challenge award for The Art Games; and was selected as a Burpee “I Can Grow” Grand Prize winner and Merck Family Fund grantee for its engagement of teens in gardening, environmental education, and food justice advocacy.