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PHILADANCO selected to receive the 2014 George Bartol Arts Education Award

Wednesday, July 9, 2014   (0 Comments)
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July 9, 2014                 

Beth Feldman Brandt, Executive Director
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Award Honors Artistic Excellence and Commitment to Community

Philadelphia, PA—The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation has selected Philadanco as the winner of the 2014 George Bartol Arts Education Award. The Award is given to an organization that provides sustained, meaningful exposure and participation in the arts; that demonstrates an active engagement in the lives of its students and community; and that maintains high artistic standards for its faculty and students.  

The George Bartol Arts Education Award was established in 2001 to recognize outstanding arts education programs by a non-profit cultural organization. Each year, a grant of $5,000 is made in memory of George Bartol, founder of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, who believed that the key to a thriving arts community was an investment in arts education for its children. As part of its annual grant review process, the Foundation designates one grantee to receive this additional award of $5,000 to further support its arts education programs. This year’s award is made possible through a gift from Mr. Bartol’s children. More information on the award and the Bartol Foundation is available at

For over forty years, Philadanco has been a mainstay in the West Philadelphia community. Through the 40-week Dance Instruction Program and the 2-month Summer Intensive, they offer young people throughout Greater Philadelphia with world-class dance instruction.

“We applaud the dedication of Philadanco who, for more than four decades, has provided dance training at the highest level to those who might not have access otherwise,” says Beth Feldman Brandt, Executive Director of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation. “More importantly, the inclusion of life skills training in their programs has benefitted thousands of young people, helping them to become creative and disciplined individuals.”

“We are truly grateful for this award,” said Joan Myers Brown, founder and Artistic Director of Philadanco. “And we thank the Bartol Foundation for recognizing our programs and all that we do for our youth. Each and every day so many are lost to the streets, and we know that if the arts were in their lives, this would not be the case.”

The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, as the only local Foundation devoted solely to supporting local arts organizations, seeks to foster an environment where arts and culture can flourish. Created in 1984, the Foundation provides financial and technical support to non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Philadelphia. Through its grantmaking, the Foundation works to ensure a vibrant cultural life for all of its citizens through programs that use art as a catalyst for meaningful communication and connections, strengthening the social fabric of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

Past George Bartol Award Winners: