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Community Arts Norristown


The arts are essential to human development and the well being of individuals as well as the society at large. Community Arts Norristown (CAN) is dedicated to inspiring and nurturing youth and adults at all levels of their creative journey. We encourage participation in the arts through advocacy, education and outreach which will serve as a vital creative resource for the Norristown community and beyond.


Community Arts Norristown offers a variety of classes in artistic expression through programming and education. Collaborating with teaching artists we offer education in the following areas: fine arts, computer arts, dance, music, creative cooking, organic gardening, sewing, yoga and more. Through other organizations and the community we encourage the creation, appreciation and understanding of the arts. We seek to nurture a vibrant arts community, foster artistic excellence, and bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas one community at a time.





Play On Philly

Play On Philly provides underserved children in Philadelphia a transformative music education experience that develops and inspires the behaviors and personal skills needed for a successful life.

Play On Philly (POP) provides high-quality music education to students, who would typically lack access, as a vehicle for life skills and academic achievement. We provide 2 hours of music instruction and ensemble practice every day after school and over 25 performance opportunities throughout the year. Students range from Kindergarten to 12th grade and are loaned an orchestral instrument at no cost. POP programming has proven results: our students score ten points higher on standardized tests and have improved behavior and study skills. We cultivate musical excellence, lifelong skills, and confidence.

Play On Philly was founded in 2011 by Curtis Institute of Music graduate Stanford Thompson and Philanthropist Carole Haas Gravagno, and now celebrates nearly a decade of providing high-quality music education at no cost to underserved students in Philadelphia. POP has grown from our flagship Music Center at St. Francis de Sales School to provide tuition-free music education to students at 4 locations across Philadelphia.  We strive to engage the entire community through partnerships, community events, and performances in venues across the Philadelphia region and beyond.


Contact: Main Office Phone 215-729-1863