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 2020 – COSACOSA's 30th anniversary year – we're documenting stories of individual and community self-determination in 30 Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Working across generational, cultural, and political divides, our Past Forward project is developing new ways to foster civil civic dialogues. Neighborhood images and interviews on community history, culture, and change – collected and told from multiple perspectives by city residents in collaboration with COSACOSA artists – form the basis for new public artworks created as part of the project.

Please join us in our Manayunk studio and around the city as we share art and ideas to how to make it better!


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Open Studio for the McClure School
Join COSACOSA artists, youth, and community members to help ceate new public art for North Philadelphia's McClure School. We'll be working on our Garden of Learning from A to Z project preschoolers and their 5th grade mentors – celebrating collaborative learning and the growth potential in every student. The Open Studio will be held on Monday, February 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; the school is located at the cornere fo North 6th Street and West Hunting Park Avenue.

For 7 years, COSACOSA has partnered with the McClure School studens to design and create a reading green space and artwork to cover the building façade. The project includes a full city block of large-scale mosaics and murals representing the students' hopes and dreams for their the neighborhood. Youth artists also have created over 600 mosaic butterflies to fill the space, as well as imaginative depictions of community gardens. This year's workshops are made possible by the City of Philadelphia DHS Support Community Outreach Program and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. Hope to see you there!

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Image above: Past Forward COSACOSA project logo from an original drawing by Sum Kinn.
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