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the artists center – Celebrating Everyone's Creativity

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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.

You Betta Ask Somebody

When: Fri, Aug 28 and Sat, Aug 29th, 2015
Time: 8:00pm

What would you do if the person you trusted and loved infected you with HIV….. The stage play “You Betta Ask Somebody” explores the personal relationship between men and women that put them at risk for contracting HIV. Ex-con Donovan has been released from a two year stint in prison and he is back with his girl Kendra. To their dismay, Donovan’s risky behavior in prison comes back to haunt them both when he is informed that his old cellmate is HIV positive. Meanwhile Kendra has been having an affair with a married man Dan, who’s wife Sheila is pregnant.


Tickets: $23.50 from

Body of Water

When: Sat, Sep 5, Sun, Sep 6, Fri, Sep 11, Sat, Sep 12th, 2015
Time: 8:00pm

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Our bodies are 75% water. What would happen if we moved like the liquid we are? Antonia & Artists is a modern dance company made up of talented humans. Watch as they journey through the depths within to harness the fluidity, agility, and transformative strength of the most powerful element.

Antonia & Artists is a dance company made up of talented humans and led by choreographer Antonia Z Brown. Antonia makes work as an Artist in Residence at Mascher Space Coop in Kensington, Philadelphia. She graduated from Haverford College with a Dance Major and Concentration in Choreography through Bryn Mawr College. Antonia has been honored as Co-Director of the ETC Performance Series, a bi-monthly showcase of performance from all genres now in it’s ninth season, and as Choreographer in Residence at the cutting edge San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Her choreography has been performed on all three US coasts, and described as “full-bodied, virtuosic and ‘space-eating’” (Kalila Kingsford Smith for thINKingDANCE). Antonia & Artists projects take on many forms, whether it be a large chorus of eight performers exchanging simple embraces, or a solo with one dancer but six choreographers that challenges our ideas around authorship. Each manifestation highlights Antonia’s inventive and sensitively crafted choreography.

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Tickets $18 from Philadelphia Fringe Box Office


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