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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.

April – Fall 2016

The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC, Inc.), sponsors of the nation’s premiere Black comic book convention, is partnering with the Community Education Center (CEC), Mighty Writers West, other arts and culture organizations, and neighborhoods of West Philadelphia to present the Superhero Learning Zone.  The Zone (for short) is designed to use the comic book industry as a gateway to enhance community cultural development and provide economic benefits to neighborhood residents and community stakeholders.

A Creative Placemaking initiative funded by a grant from the Philadelphia LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)*, the Superhero Learning Zone, will bring community members, both young and older, together to turn neighborhood stories into tales of super-heroic proportions!  Additionally, the project will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about aspects of the comic book industry from creation to production. The project consists of four events: the Superhero Learning Zone Launch Reception taking place on Friday, April 8, 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. at Indigo Bleu located at 3870 Lancaster Avenue, the Superhero Learning Zone Introductory Workshop taking place as part of the 15th Annual  ast Coast Black Age of Comics Convention on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 3p.m. – 4:30p.m. at the Enterprise Center located at 4548 Market Street, and the main events – the Superhero Learning Zone Mini-Con 1 taking place at the CEC located at 3500 Lancaster Avenue on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 11a.m. – 6p.m. and the Superhero Learning Zone Mini-Con 2, coming Fall of 2016, details TBA.

The Zone will be supplemented by ongoing outreach and post-event activities. Dates, times, and locations to be announced. Admission to all events is FREE. Registration is suggested, but not required.