Community of Pride Mural & Literacy Project

The Community of Pride (COP) Mural & Literacy Project is a community art program bringing together underserved youth and a community of artists. COP is focused on engaging children at Eleanor C. Emlen Elementary School in creating original drawings that will become a mural, envisioned and led with the help of professional Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) artist teacher teams, Emlen teachers, and members of the K-4 Literacy Initiative. We are artists in residence at the school, creating the mural on site, and permanently mounting it at the school for everyone to appreciate.

Students are engaged through a structured experiential, collaborative process that incorporates making art, critical thinking, vocabulary development, story telling, and interaction with teaching artists and visiting artists.  Part of the process of creating a mural about one’s community is to learn a bit of the local history, and children interview their parents and share the stories in class. As they learn about their parents’ lives as children and how their neighborhood has changed over the generations, parents also become engaged through their children’s curiosity and excitement. Learning opens doors that can never be closed.

Help make this project even more successful by supporting us. Your sponsorship means the world to these kids, to us, our neighbors, and the community. Be a part of making art happen.

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COP Mural Is Complete! Now Let’s Celebrate Our Young Artists At Lovett Library

Lovett Library, Saturday, June 9, Noon till 2 pm, 6945 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19119 The Community of Pride (COP) Mural and Literacy Project continues to unfold at Eleanor C. Emlen public school. Children’s minds open up to interests and skills they did not know they had—opening doors to their hearts, souls, and precious creativity. Now […]

Young Emlen COP Artists Visit the Fabric Workshop

It started with some of our COP teaching artists going to the Fabric Workshop for an exhibition. What should our eyes behold but Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach 2 Quilt! And why would that be so amazing to us? Because our young Emlen artists read and learned from that same book by reknowned African American artist, […]

Help Paint The COP Mural At Emlen!

There is a story to be told, and it’s unfolding at East Mt. Airy’s Eleanor C. Emlen School, a public school with lack of access to art education. A public school where the children are guaranteed one meal a day, where many kids walk to school. But dreams are happening and endless possibilities are being […]

Community of Pride…Pictures Speak Louder Than Words!

We’ve been busy at Emlen — talking about Faith Ringgold stories and art, learning art language and techniques, working on literacy through poetry and words, inviting guest artists (thank you Mikel Elam for being an artist role model and guest), filling portfolios and sketchbooks. Stay tuned as we fill you in on more details. But […]

Teen Opera Prodigy Will Help Launch Emlen’s COP Mural Project Phase 2

Save the date! Emlen’s Back To School Night Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5 pm 6501 Chew St. (19119) Free admission and open to the public. America’s Got Talent Semi Finalist, at the age of 11? Opera Prodigy? Arielle Baril is all that, except today she is a whopping 14 years old! Arielle and her brother, Joshua […]