The Village of Arts and Humanities is a non-profit, community-based arts organization located in North Philadelphia. Since it began in 1986, the Village has been creating a true urban village by rebuilding the community through its unique multi-faceted arts, education, construction, and social and economic development programs. What began over a decade ago as a single park building project by Lily Yeh has grown into a full-scale community building project encompassing education, family, employment, and housing programs impacting over 5,000 children, teens and adults annually.
The Village programs are organized into four main categories: Community Development through Art, Property Development through Art, Economic Development through Art and Outreach. The Village of Arts and Humanities has been offering arts education programs for youth ages 6 to 18 since 1986. Through multi-disciplinary activities, these programs aim to nurture, inspire and motivate the young. The majority of Village students come from North Philadelphia. Ninety percent are African-American and ten percent are Latino, with the vast majority coming from low-income households.
Key program components at The Village Arts and Humanities are after-school/summer programs, community meetings, community theatre, creative arts, economic development program, education through arts, neighborhood transformation, outreach, property development through art, social support programs, and village caf. The Village provides a myriad of services, among them, community oriented festivals, computer graphics, exhibition-art, field trips, nutrition and food preparation, parades, performances, and rites of passage.