COSACOSA art at large, Inc. is a non-profit organization creating new public art specific to the concerns of Philadelphia neighborhoods in direct, long-term collaboration with city residents. COSACOSA reasserts art's original role as a catalyst for community dialogue, creative cooperation, and positive change. Since 1990, COSACOSA projects have brought together thousands of citizens of diverse backgrounds and differing abilities to learn about art, about each other, and about how to work together.
Please join us for COSACOSA's public programs and ongoing initiatives!
Throughout 2016 we’re exploring connections among art, education, and civic participation. COSACOSA’s Learning Curve project is developing replicable models for teaching literacy, civics, science, and mathematics through the arts – based on the past two decades of our Art Smart initiative. The project also is charting the progress of whole neighborhoods collaboratively creating for the common good, while providing new opportunities for lifelong learning and intergenerational, intercultural exchange.
Image above: Food, Flowers, Fabric, a five-section mural designed created by students at South Philly's Jackson School with COSACOSA artists Heather Brown and Vickie Fenton. The piece merges cloth patterns, plants, and foods from the dozens of nationalities represented at the school.

Health & Literacy Center Opening
Join The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the City of Philadelphia, and COSACOSA on Monday, May 9 for the opening of the South Philadelphia Health & Literacy Center at 1700 South Broad Street. COSACOSA created new artwork for the building with community members, patients, families, and staff at the new CHOP Primary Care center and volunteers from Prudential Saving Bank.

The brand-new facility will house two existing clinics – CHOP's pediatric primary care practice and a City-owned Health Center, plus new facilities for the South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Disilvestro Recreation Center.

Learning Curve Open Studio
Our next open studio will be held on Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McClure School, North 6th Street and Hunting Park Avenue. Join COSACOSA artists, youth, and community residents for a day of public art-making! We'll be creating sections of a giant 50' x 20' mosaic butterfly for the Hope Reading Garden, the final phase of our Site and Sound Gardens project.

Thanks to generous funding from the Knight Arts Challenge, the Kresge Foundation, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and the Union Benevolent Association, we've created three new community spaces filled with visual and audio art, flowers, and foods throughout the North Philadelphia. Designed by residents with COSACOSA artists, the Site and Sound Gardens project is part of our long-term partnership with the Nicetown-Tioga Improvement Team, other local community organizations, and schools to strategically plan for the neighborhood.

Check out our Calendar of Programs to see all our public events, ongoing programs, and volunteer opportunities! Join our email list or follow us on Facebook for updates!
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