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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

GIVE TO CEC ARTS, is our first crowd-funding campaign. Over the course of this 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.

The Wayne Smith Jr. Quartet

Fri, Feb 12th, 2016
Time: 7:00pm

Wayne SmithWayne Smith Website

Tickets $15


Percussion Discussion

Sat, Feb 13th, 2016
Time: 12:00pm

Join us for an interactive performance for the young and young at heart, as this 5 piece ensemble shares their love for traditional African percussion

Youth Jazz Program


Terry Biggs, Baba Joe Bryant, Kwame Jackson + Wade Dowling on Drums

Omomola Iyabunmi on sekere

FREE for school age children