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.

Community Story Collection Days
Please join COSACOSA this summer at our North Philadelphia community partner organizations as we record stories to be installed in our Site and Sound Gardens. Come and share a piece of neighborhood history, a family remembrance, a funny anecdote, or an original story about healing, hope, and unity! Please email or call for specific locations and times.

Thanks to generous funding from the Knight Arts Challenge, the Kresge Foundation, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, 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.
Art and #CancerMoonshot
National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu cited COSACOSA in her Medium article about art and healing! For over 20 years – with support from NEA – our Healing Art Project has worked to transform the healthcare experience.
Read the whole article here!
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