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“NetworkArts' work is distinguished by its combination of a thoughtful curricular process and its culmination in mosaic mural construction.”

Ken Holdsman
Director
Service Learning
School District of Philadelphia

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NetworkArts’ mission?
NetworksArts is dedicated to expanding children’s opportunities to express themselves, explore science, art, and the humanities, and to create art that permanently transforms their communities.

When was NetworkArts founded?
1993

Who is the target audience?
At-risk, underserved children ranging in age from 6-18 years of age. In addition, it conducts Intergenerational programs, linking seniors and students.

What do the programs mean to the students?
Through a fusion of curriculum design, field trips, art making, and finally public art creation, NetworkArts gives its students a unique quality of hands-on learning. They learn about science, humanities and world culture and learn to translate that information into public art. Students also learn social skills as they work together to create a collaborative work of art. They create a lasting legacy that both betters their communities and provides them with a sense of pride and ownership.

Who partners with NetworkArts?
NetworkArts Philadelphia works with schools and community organizations throughout the city of Philadelphia and Camden. NetworkArts also has a sister organization in Northern Ireland. Program partners include public museums, schools, libraries, community centers, housing projects, recreation centers, nursing homes, and city gardens.

How long is each program?
Although the length of NetworkArts programs varies based on the needs and desires of program partners and on the subject matter chosen, programs typically run 12-15 weeks with research, field trips, and art-making during the first 6 weeks and mosaic construction occurring during the last 6-8 weeks.

How much does each project cost NetworkArts?
Each project typically costs $15,000-$20,000, with expenses covered by a combination of foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations.

Who sponsors NetworkArts projects?
Examples of supporters include the Campbell Soup Foundation, Connelly Foundation, Patricia Kind Family Foundation, PNC Bank, Independence Foundation, Hamilton Family Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Subaru of America Foundation, Philadelphia Cultural Fund and many more.

Where can these mosaics be found?
NetworkArts mosaics can be found at the Philadelphia International Airport, Academy of Natural Sciences, Franklin Institute, Manayunk Canal, Philadelphia Free Library (Kensington), Philadelphia Zoo, Temple University (Ambler), Campbell Riversharks Stadium, Camden Children’s Garden, and Camden City Council chambers in addition to numerous schools, recreation centers, parks, nursing homes, and community sites. NetworkArts has also worked with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Do donations have tax benefits?
Donations are federal tax deductible. NetworkArts has also been chosen by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be one of a select group of educational non-profit corporations to participate in its Educational Tax Credit Program. Under this program, up to 90% of donations and funding may be entitled to valuable tax credits.

What does the media and participants have to say about NetworkArts?
Read a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “A lesson on nature, applied piece by piece.” For more stories, click here.

How do I set up an interview with NetworkArts?
Email Josey Stamm at jstamm@networkarts.org or call 215-592-1990.