Community Engagement

Platt Student Performing Arts House coordinates a number of programs that offer opportunities for students to engage in the arts and culture community at Penn and throughout Philadelphia.

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Once a week, for nine weeks each semester, talented Penn students share their skills and love of the  arts with local children ages 10-14. Participants take part in workshops, focusing on dance, voice, musical instruments, theatre, and music production, all run by Penn students. Each session’s activities feature educational goals such as language arts, communication skills, social skills, and movement. And each afternoon begins with optional arts and crafts for those interested in partaking. The program culminates in a public performance at Platt House. If you are interested in learning more about our After School Arts at Penn program, please contact Laurie McCall, Director of Platt Student Performing Arts House. For interested students, please apply here. For interested mentors, please apply here.

Community Ticketing Program

Each semester Penn’s student performing arts groups donate tickets to the community to see their shows. Last year, these groups offered 1800  tickets to 20 community organizations. If you represent a community group that wishes to participate in this program, please email Tickets for select performances are also available to members of Penn’s FGLI community. If you are a member of the FGLI community and are interested in attending performing arts shows on campus, please contact the Greenfield Intercultural Center, our partner in this program. 

Visiting Workshops and Performances

Penn student performing arts groups perform and conduct workshops at local schools and community organizations during the academic year. If you are a community organization or school representative that would like to have Penn students provide performing arts activities at your location, please contact Laurie McCall, Director of Platt Student Performing Arts House.

Francis Johnson Baton: An Award for Altruism

The Office of the Chaplain and Platt Student Performing Arts House present the annual Francis Johnson Baton: An Award for Altruism. Named for Francis Johnson (1792-1844), Penn band leader and internationally renowned African American musician and composer, this award celebrates community service provided by University of Pennsylvania student performing arts groups. Learn more about how your student performing arts group can participate in community service and potentially earn the Francis Johnson Baton here.

For more information about these and other community service initiatives, you can also contact the Performing Arts Council Community Service Chairperson.