COSACOSA - Innovative Art Programs

COSACOSA art at large, Inc - Philadelphia; Manayunk

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General Information
Description of ServiceCOSACOSA designs innovative programs to deliver interactive dialogues through art directly into inner city Philadelphia neighborhoods. Each year, through extended, community-based artist residencies, we engage city residents of different backgrounds, ages and cultures to design and create site-specific public art projects in collaboration with professional artists. Since its inception, COSACOSA has brought together thousands of citizens from over thirty city neighborhoods to learn about art, about each other, and about how to work together. Our approach is multidisciplinary -- incorporating many possible artistic techniques, from painting to theater, from sound art to ceramics -- as well as interactive, creating safe forums for city residents to dialogue and build their communities through art-making. COSACOSA's first major initiative, Community Collections (begun in 1990), examines Philadelphia's cultural histories and changing urban landscapes through community-based artist residencies. In 1995, a second organizational initiative was established, the Healing Art Project, a youth development program exploring relationships between art and healing. Young people in the hospital come together with at-risk youth from local communities for interactive dialogue to design and create permanent, collaborative public art. In 2003, two new initiatives were launched,, a gallery featuring exhibitions by community-based artists creating for cultural change and Connection Studios, a youth-centered art and technology program.
Geographical AreaCounties: Philadelphia; States: PA; Countries: USA
Intake ProcedureFor additional information, please call 215-385-2554 or visit our website at
Fees or Charges
Fee AmountsNot Available
Contact Information
Physical Site Address 1 4427 Main Street
Physical Site City, State, Zip Philadelphia, PA 19127
Mailing Address 1 4427 MAIN STREET
Mailing City, State, Zip PHILADELPHIA, PA 19127
Main Phone 215-385-2554
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: COSACOSA art at large
Affiliated Program: COSACOSA art at large, Inc - Philadelphia; Manayunk
This Service: COSACOSA - Innovative Art Programs
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Arts and Crafts Clubs (PS-8200.0550)
Recreational/Leisure/Arts Instruction (PL-7400)