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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

The Centre Theater

The Centre Theater has been serving the greater Norristown area as the anchor of the Norristown Arts Hill since 1996. The facility is controlled by  The Greater Norristown Society for the Arts. It has been home to Iron Age Theatre, Theatre Horizon, VOX, Vagabond Acting Troupe, Renaissance Puppet Company, Walla Fest and Open Words. The Centre Theater offers a variety of educational programs like KIDS: The Heart of the Arts, The Centre Theater Music School, and daytime acting classes.

The Centre Theater

The Centre Theater always welcomes volunteers. For more information, please send a letter of interest to


Address: 208 Dekalb St, Norristown, PA 19401

Phone: (610) 279-1013


St. Augustine Academy After School

St. Augustine Academy (SAA), located in Norristown, PA, is an independent tuition-free, after-school program for girls in grades two, three and four.  SAA’s mission is to supplement classroom learning by offering academic support and enrichment through exposure to the arts, while emphasizing life skills and building self-esteem.  They do this by providing assistance with homework and by encouraging leadership skills with a focus on manners, respect, and taking responsibility – all in a stable, cooperative and supportive environment.

SAA welcome volunteers on Monday and/or Wednesday or Thursday afternoons between 3pm-6pm during the school year. To work with children, SAA asks that all volunteers secure required clearances and attend a short orientation.

Address: 1208 Green St, Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (610) 809-6029

Fabric Workshop and Museum

The Fabric Workshop and Museum was founded in 1977 with a visionary purpose: to stimulate experimentation among leading contemporary artists and to share the process of creating works of art with the public. Today, FWM is recognized as an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum, uniquely distinguished as the only institution in the United States devoted to creating work in new materials and new media in collaboration with artists coming from diverse artistic backgrounds—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see artwork from conception to completion.

The FWM has developed from an ambitious experiment to a renowned institution with a widely-recognized Artist-in-Residence Program, an extensive permanent collection of new work created by artists at the Museum, in-house and touring exhibitions, and comprehensive educational programming including lectures, tours, in-school presentations and student apprenticeships.

To apply for a position at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), please indicate the desired position and forward a cover letter and resume to:
Attn: Human Resources
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816

Applicants may also send their resume and cover letter by fax at 215.561.8887 or email

FWM welcomes volunteers for a variety of projects and events. In the studio or photo/video archives, working on administration or special events, volunteers provide critical support to all of our programs or departments. Please call 215.561.8888 or email for more information.


Address: 1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816

Phone: (215) 561-8888


Twelve Gates Arts

Twelve Gates Arts, established in 2011, is a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The “gates” refer to the fortified gates that walled many ancient cities such as Delhi, Lahore, Jerusalem, and Rhodes – inside which lay the heart of each city’s art and culture, and today this reference offers perspectives on history and possibilities.

Twelve Gates Arts holds monthly exhibitions of contemporary and modern art by artists from countries in South Asia and the Middle East, as well as by diasporic artists from those regions. The list of artists represented comprises an impressive spectrum of established masters as well as cutting edge and outstanding newcomers. In addition to the exhibition programming, regular Salon events showcase works by artists in film, multi-media, literature and performance.
Zabardust, Sculptures by Rachel Mason
Several volunteer positions are available at Twelve Gates Arts. If you’re interested in their mission and would like to be a part of their organization’s events and programming, please visit

Address: 106 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 253-8578

Barnes Museum

The mission of the Barnes Foundation, which dates back to its founding in 1922, is the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts. In furtherance of its mission, the Barnes Foundation promotes appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

The Foundation will engage diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.

Volunteering at the Barnes provides unique access to the collections, programs, and staff, as well as opportunities to enjoy camaraderie with fellow art, horticulture, and education enthusiasts. The Barnes has different types of volunteer positions with varied levels of training, time commitments, and background requirements. Apply here!


Location: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Contact:  (215) 278-7200

Center for Culture: Art, Training and Education

The Center for Culture: Art, Training and Education (CCATE) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to empower the Hispanic community in the greater Montgomery County area in PA. Our vision is to assist the Latinx community in making their dreams come true. CCATE’s mission is to empower through the promotion of culture, art, education and work training. In this way CCATE embraces four key sectors for a successful community: culture, art, training, and education.

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At CCATE volunteers are tasked with a wide range of responsibilities. Whatever your skills, it is certain you can contribute simply as existing as a part of CCATE’s community. Their constant and most common need for volunteers is for the Technology room which is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. They are also regularly looking for people to speak at or help with workshops.

If you would like to volunteer in any area, or have questions about volunteering please contact CCATE’s Director Obed Arango Hisijara (


Location: 329 E Main St, Norristown, PA 19401


Phone: (484) 685-3633

The Center for Creative Works

Updated 9/21/17

The Center for Creative Works is a unique work environment with a goal of developing creative work potential and cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities. The Center Creative Works combines supported studio art development with work opportunities-including supported employment options – and community programming. Participants learn and work in drawing and painting, printmaking, ceramics, woodworking, sculpture, textiles, design, music and other media. A staff of mentor artists teach professional materials and techniques, with the goal of developing participants as artists, artisans, and designers.

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Volunteers play a vital role at the Center for Creative Works. Volunteers quickly become active participants in the routine of their center and they value the various skills and contributions volunteers bring to the community.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please fill out a Volunteer/ Intern Application and bring it with you to their next volunteer tour.

The Center for Creative Works has ongoing internships and collaborations with students from: Jefferson University, the University of the Sciences, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, Moore College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, Springside School, Friends Select School, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, Harriton High School, and Masterman!

If you are interested in proposing an internship at the center please complete their Volunteer/Intern application and contact Stephanie Petro-McClellan (

Download Volunteer/Intern application here


Location: 241 E Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096

Phone: (610) 642-9101


Sotheby’s Internship Programme

Updated 9/21/17

© 2014 Sotheby’s
© 2014 Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s, the only publicly traded global art auction house, is offering exceptional juniors (rising seniors) the opportunity to participate in a unique paid Summer Internship Programme at our worldwide headquarters in New York City. The mission of the programme is to offer interns the best professional and educational experience possible. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of an auction house, works of art, and potential industry careers.


More information:

Questions? Contact

© 2014 Sotheby’s
© 2014 Sotheby’s

The Philadelphia office also has internships available, typically in the summer but occasionally during the school year. Interested applicants should inquire with a resume and cover letter.


Phone: 610 649 2600


Address: 18 Haverford Station Road, Philadelphia 19041 US