Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012, 4-7pm at FINNIGAN’S WAKE 3rd & Spring Garden St.
$12 per person donation
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The SAVE THE ARTS & MUSIC benefit show will be a fun night with great live, local bands, “Lost In Company” and “Lady” that feature Portside’s own talented instructors, drink specials and the Good Feeling you will have by supporting your community. Portside is the only community arts and music center of its kind in the river wards! Unfortunately, we are really struggling to sustain and with YOUR help Portside can continue to provide artistic enrichment for the community. Money raised will go to Portside’s Scholarship Fund & Programming
Our mission is to empower the children and adults of our community with opportunities to develop their artistic abilities, awaken the imagination, and build self esteem and confidence. Through the arts we provide a safe haven for our community to nurture creativity, diversity, literacy and health for the betterment of all.
The Portside Arts Center is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) community-based, educational arts center located at 2531 E. Lehigh Avenue, on the border of the Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods of Philadelphia. In 2007, Director, Kim Creighton, a 20 year resident and skilled mosaic and metal artist purchased a two story 6,000 square foot building. Alongside dedicated friends and volunteers worked very hard to renovate the space in preparation to house the Portside Arts Center. They turned a warehouse filled from floor to ceiling with old furniture, old machinery, clothes, and collectibles into two visual art classrooms, a performing arts room and a music studio. Since 2008, the Portside has received nothing but great reviews and feedback from members of the community, media, local businesses and schools. The Portside offers more than 60 different music, visual and performing arts classes to children teens and adults. In 2011 the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program completed our full building educational fish mural that we are so proud to have on our walls.
Come see our beautiful Tropical Fish Mural.
To fulfill her dream and vision of making the Portside a permanent amenity to the greater Port Richmond community Director, Kim Creighton has been working more than 60 hours a week unpaid since 2008. The little income Portside makes barely pays utilities, staffing, supplies, and our student scholarship fund. There are no other arts centers of its kind in our area and very little to no arts and music education within the schools. Due to the limited financial resources of the families in our community, Portside has been providing partial and full scholarships through fundraising to children, teens and adults who cannot afford to participate in our visual, performing and music programs. They provided over $4,600 in scholarships last year alone. On January 21, 2012 Portside moves into their fifth year and our goal is to make Portside a permanent cornerstone in our community. Please help keep the arts in your community by supporting and donating to Portside Arts Center.
This event is sponsored in part by Mike Driscoll of Finnigan’s Wake
Donate though PayPal or mail in a check made out to Portside
A tax deductible receipt is available upon request
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Our students did an awesome job with this opposite color drawing project! Each student got to pick out their own object to draw and then had to use 2 opposite colors to create their image with. They all did such a wonderful job!! Check out the pictures below!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Stefanie Emery is a local musician artist who will be teaching a jewelry class, screen printing class and pop music class starting in January 2012. Stefanie is the co-owner of Orgotton a contemporary clothing and jewelry store. There she designs her own t-shirts, necklaces, earning, dresses and much more so check out her store on the web at www.orgotton.com. Stefanie also specializes in guitar, violin and vocal lessons. She will be introducing the Portside students to a fun and new group voice class featuring music from famous young artists such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Justin Bieber. Read the class descriptions below for more details and sign up now!!
'Fun with Feathers' Jewelry Making Workshop
Ages 10-15 Wednesdays 5-6 Starts January 11th
Do you love the feather jewelry trend that is so popular right now? Learn how to make your own feather jewelry in this class! Each week students will learn how to make a different accessory using feathers, beads and stones! Earrings, necklaces, hair clips, and bag charms will be the focus. Wearing your own creations beats buying jewelry from stores! We will use some up-cycled materials for some of the projects, turning something old into something new! This fun class will inspire young creative minds to express their artistic abilities through fashion!
etsy page for my jewelry 'Staylow by Orgotton'-http://www.etsy.com/shop/Staylow?ref=seller_info
Screen Printing Workshop
Age-Teens and Adults Wednesdays 6:30-8 Starts January 11th
Screen printing is a fun way to personalize and decorate a number of crafts! This beginner screen printing class will teach the basic techniques of silk screen printing using a variety of fun images. Each week students will get to print an image on a different material including folders, cards, fabrics and canvas's. Screen printing is fun and easy, and students will learn that simple materials such as mesh screen and ink are unique tools to turn a blank canvas into a work of art!
website for Orgotton www.orgotton.com
Learn to Sing Like Your Favorite Pop Star!
Ages 7-13 Mondays 5-6 Starts January 9th
Do you love singing along to your favorite pop star's songs? If so, this class is for you! This fun vocal workshop will teach vocal technique through voice exercises and will strengthen not only your singing voice, but your confidence too! Students will learn 2 popular songs per week by singing along with karaoke tracks and live instrumentation. As this is a group class, students will learn to sing with one another, as well as by themselves. Learning lyrics, melodies, musical phrasing, and performance techniques will be strongly emphasized. A strong interest in popular music and singing is a must!