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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

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.

Going Wanting

When: Fri, October 3, 2014 - Sun, Oct 5th, 2014



Lauren Putty is a dancer-choreographer and Brent White is a musician-composer, together they make a dynamic couple and they are PUTTY DANCE PROJECT.  Don’t miss the official launch of the company with their first evening length work, “Going, Wanting in the age of the selfie”.  The work created in the CEC New Edge Residency brings together a standout cast of young artists.  Weaving together a tapestry of dance styles from postmodern to hip­hop to Horton, set to live jazz instrumentation, a narrative delivered by actor Christina May, and digital media montages designed by Phil Sumpter, Going, Wanting takes its audience on a journey into the motives and emotions surrounding human nature in today’s fast paced digital era.

As society acknowledges the World Wide Web is here to stay, Going, Wanting poses the fundamental questions, “Are we GOING too fast, WANTING too badly to be noticed in a seemingly infinite sea of options and information?”

The cast also includes dancers Lauren Putty White, Brenda Li, Jesse Jones, and Erin Burgmayer, husband Brent White on trombone and Craig Ebner on guitar.

Tickets (click here to purchase)

$20 in advance ($25 on the door)

$15 students/senior citizens

For More Information Putty Dance Project

Kimpedro’s NU Gruv Network

Fri, Oct 10th, 2014
Time: 8:00pm

If you haven’t made it yet for Second Friday, you’ve been missing out.

If you’ve been before, we know you will want to come back for more great jazz!

We are thrilled to welcome back Kimpedro’s NU Gruv Network

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.


When: Fri, October 17 - Sun, Oct 19th, 2014

CEC in association with Mosaic Theatre Productions and Mambele Productions Presents
– Pre and Post Stroke Writings to Inspire Us to Change and Change the World

A Multimedia Theatre Experience featuring: Cathy Simpson, Meryl Lynn Brown, Lena, lary moten, Jere Edmunds and Jack Drummond

Directors Robert Anu-Hubbard & Ed Shockely

Make Yourself


Tickets (Click here to purchase)

Friday – 7 p.m. Opening Night Reception, Presentation + Q&A, Book signing with Ed Shockley, and Delicious Food – $25
Saturday – 8 p.m. Presentation + Q&A – $15
Sunday – 3 p.m. Presentation + Q&A – $15

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