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Philadelphia cultural alliance inspiring teens to engage in arts and culture

PhillySTAMPpass, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is the region’s premier leadership, research, and advocacy organization for arts and culture. The Cultural Alliance wants to increase teens’ access to all of the incredible arts and culture that Philadelphia has to offer, as a means to aid the youth in discovering their own identities and inspire them to include culture in their everyday lives.

With this purpose in mind, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance created STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly); a program launched by the Cultural Alliance, in partnership with 12 museums and attractions, sponsors and community organizations.

On March 5, 2014, The STAMP program and the University of the Arts (Philadelphia) Pre-College Program, announced their collaboration for the production of a new event, Discover Arts and Culture for Teens Day (Discover A.C.T Day). A.C.T. Day will take place at the University of the Arts, Hamilton Building (320 South Broad Street), on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 1 to 4 pm.

Discover A.C.T. Day is FREE just for teens, as representatives from after-school programs, classes, summer camps, and more will be available to assists teens and their families with discovering opportunities to engage in creative and artistic activities.

Alliance Interim Executive Director, Michael Norris, expressed the importance of the organization's mission and the event,

"With continued pressure on arts and education funding in our schools, the cultural community is increasingly becoming the best resource for quality cultural experiences for kids. This event represents a one-stop opportunity to learn about all the great experiences for young people at our cultural attractions." (M. Norris, GPCA)

The STAMP Website is the one-stop portal for the program, with all of the information teens and parents need.

A few local organizations participating in Discover A.C.T. Day include:

· 1812 Productions
· The Arden Theatre
· ArtWell
· Asian Arts Initiative
· Girls Rock Philly
· The Handwork Studio
· Mighty Writers
· Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
· Philadelphia Theatre Company
· Philadelphia Young Playwright
· Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
· Walnut Street Theatre

In addition to A.C.T. Day, the Cultural Alliance is also promoting discount classes, camps and other opportunities for families to save on educational resources at from March 14 – April 4. STAMP will also provide an opportunity for Philadelphia teens to sign up for a STAMP Pass and a chance to be entered to win FREE tuition for a class at the University of Arts Saturday School.

More information about the event and the organizations can be found at the sites listed below:

· (@philaculture)
· (@phillySTAMPpass)
· ( @phillySTAMPpass)
· (@phillySTAMPpass)

Be sure to follow STAMP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get the inside scoop on all the activities and discounts in the weeks leading up to the event. RSVP at, or just show up. Teens who RSVP online by March 13 will be entered to win a bonus prize. Email STAMP at with any questions.

STAMP is made possible by a leadership gift from Virginia and Harvey Kimmel. Additional support is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation Hess Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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