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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.

Artists in Residence

Current Artists in Residence include Lela Aisha Jones with her FlyGround project


Lela Aisha Jones is a native of Tallahassee, FL and resides in Philadelpha, PA.  She is the founder of FlyGround—her creative home with work focused in memoir, social commentary and diasporic movement practice.  She is also a co-founder of The Requisite Movers–a service and presenting organization that supports the artistic work of women choreographers of African descent.  Lela Aisha earned her MFA from Florida State University and is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas W
oman’s University.

FlyGround experiences are in a genre of their own but never too far from home.  We dance.  We walk coherently through cultures and traditions meeting where we can and realizing where we are varied.  We are grounded in native US vibes.  We are home grown traces of many.  We are consciously here.



Lauren Putty White  is a flourishing and versatile dance artist.

Lauren Putty WhiteShe received her BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2005, later that same year she made her first professional choreography debut at the Elan Awards in New York, with her work “The Third Layer”. Choreographically, Lauren set company works on Washington Reflections Dance Company entitled, “Shades of Thought” in 2007 and Ballet X 2010 she premiered her piece, “Hide”, on their spring series at the Wilma Theater.  As a dancer Lauren has performed with Washington Reflections, Urban Bush Woman 2, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Parsons Dance Company and currently performs with Philadanco.

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