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the artists center – Celebrating Everyone's Creativity

3500 Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104-4916
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The Community Education Center is a nonprofit performing arts center and artists incubator space. The Center is known and respected by artists and audiences alike for its support of the local arts community and its presentations of outstanding dance and performance. The Center also offers the community opportunities to explore their creativity through classes in the performing arts as well as performance opportunities.

Welcome to CEC

Spring Into Action GIVE TO CEC ARTS, is our first crowd-funding campaign. Over the course of this six week campaign we will bring you some stories of our past, share with you current events that you won’t want to miss and look forward to our future!

We are asking for your financial and moral support to keep the center going. These are challenging times on many levels and it is more important than ever that we work to support the arts and the CEC as an important arts institution.  Click here to donate.

If you are new to the Center, this short video will give you an idea of the kind of exciting events that you can become part of in the future. We hope to see you soon!

You can find a schedule of our excellent courses here.

If you are interested in teaching or performing at CEC, you can find a variety of resources here which will help your event run smoothly, from booking a space to publicizing on this website.

God It’s Me Again

When: Fri, Oct 16th + Sat, Oct 17th, 2015
Time: 7:30pm

God It's Me Again

Come laugh and cry at this one woman show.

Have questions about God It’s Me Again? Contact Mechielle Anderson
$20.00 online from
$25.00 at door

Philadelphia Open Studios

When: Sat, Oct 17th + Sun, Oct 18th, 2015
Time: 10:00am

The Community Education Center (CEC) and Meeting House Theatre is proud to present a trio of celebrated artists and longtime supporters for this year’s Philadelphia Open Studios Tour, October 17 & 18, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm,

Nancy Frankel-Halbert, Emil Baumann, and Randy Dalton have been involved with the Powelton Village arts institution for over thirty years.

In 1981, Dalton, the CEC’s coordinator, and Frankel-Halbert, a dancer/ choreographer, began performing arts events at the CEC that continue to this day.

Nancy Frankel-Halbert, Through It (Oil, 24” x 18”)

Nancy Frankel-Halbert, Through It (Oil, 24” x 18”)

Frankel-Halbert became its Executive Director in 1982 and in 1989 received a Citation from the Mayor for the community programs that were installed during her tenure. Since that time she has become a painter and arts teacher and received a Masters In Teaching Art from the University of the Arts. Her paintings are in collections in the US and Australia. Nancy paints as she once danced, employing vigorous energy and fluidity of movement and using motion to show emotion in a static realm

Powelton artist and resident Emil Baumann participated in the Prints in Progress program held at the CEC while in grade school and has had numerous exhibitions there since. Now 39, his mural “WOW” is on a wall at the corner of 36th and Lancaster Avenue, created in conjunction with the Mural Arts Program, which had its genesis at the CEC in the 1970s.

Emil Bauman, Untitled (Mixed media, 36” x 30”)

Emil Bauman, Untitled (Mixed media, 36” x 30”)

Randy Dalton, a former CEC Board member, worked as an arts installer at Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art, The Clay Studio, and other prominent local galleries. A member of Philadelphia’s Dumpster Divers artist group, Dalton uses paint, fabric, plants, sinks, swimming pools, blue lights and other found objects to create a harmony of blue. The Blue Grotto, housed at the CEC, is the headquarters of his DO BLUE initiative. The Grotto features more than a hundred blue lights made from repurposed found objects. Dalton’s project seeks to engage the public in putting the spotlight on and gathering more resources for Philadelphia art. Dalton will also have three installations on the grounds of the CEC and Frankel-Halbert will be painting outdoors during POST hours. For more information contact: Nancy Frankel-Halbert: 484-995-5604 Randy Dalton: 215-779-5466.


Oni Lasana – Doin’ Dunbar

Sun, Oct 25th, 2015
Time: 3:00PM



Join in this one-woman story theater as storyteller, poet & ARTress, Oni Lasana brings to life the timeless genius of folklorist, playwright, author and poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. (1872-1906)
Oni Lasana breaks down the fourth wall and welcomes the audience into a world of love, hope and pride.
Paul Dunbar’s “Lyrics of Love & Laughter” “Sunshine & Shadow” and “Cabin & Field” come alive in Lasana’s emotionally powerful and engaging delivery.

So don’t miss this moving experience to step into the world of “‘Lias’ Mother” during the 1800’s in southern America.

“Oni Lasana is the Voice of Dunbar!”…Nikki Giovanni

Tickets $20 from



Two Trains Running

When: Fri, Oct 30th to Sun, Nov 8th, 2015

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directed by CONNIE NORWOOD
For tickets contact 215-681-0131 or