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the artists center – Celebrating Everyone's Creativity

3500 Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104-4916
215.387.1911 ::: cec@cecarts.org

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.

Directions to CEC


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From the Northeast Corridor:

Access by Public Transportation
1.  Take Market-Frankford EL subway line to 34th Street station.
2. Walk North (up the hill) on 34th St for 2 blocks to Lancaster Ave, and make a left
3. CEC is on your Left : a large brick building

From New York and North
1.  Take New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 4 (Avoid PA Turnpike)
2.  After the toll booth, take “Philadelphia – Camden” exit
3.  After about a mile, watch for Ben Franklin Bridge sign on the right – Exit onto Route 38 East
4.  Proceed on Route 38 to Philadelphia / Ben Franklin Bridge sign
5.  Cross Ben Franklin Bridge to Philadelphia
6.  After crossing the bridge, proceed onto 676 West (Vine Street Expressway West). Stay on the Right hand lane, and take “30th Street Train Station / Airport” Exit.
7.  Stay on the Right side, and take the exit ramp to 30th Street Station.
8.  Continue around the train station, and turn Right onto Market Street (West)
9.  Take Market Street (West) to 36th Street, and Turn Right onto 36th St (North)
10.  At the first light, make a Sharp Right onto Lancaster Ave
11.  CEC is on your Right : a large brick building

From Baltimore and South
1.  Take I-95 North
2.  Right after the Philadelphia International Airport, take “Island Avenue” exit.
3.  Keep Left onto a bridge
4.  At the bottom of the bridge, at the first light, turn Left towards Center City
5.  This road will merges into Schuylkill Expressway Westbound (I-76 West).
6.  Take Schuylkill Expressway West (76 West) all the way to “30th Street Station” Exit
7.  Proceed one block to Market St (Post Office Building on Left) : Stay on the left hand lane
8.  Make a Left onto Market Street (West)
9.  Take Market St (West) to 36th St, and Turn Right onto 36th St (North)
10.  At the first light, make a Sharp Right onto Lancaster Ave
11.  CEC is on your Right : a large brick building

From Harrisburg and West
1.  Take Pennsylvania Turnpike East to Valley Forge Exit (The very first Philadelphia Exit)
2.  After the toll booth, take Schuylkill Expressway Eastbound (I-76 East) towards downtown Philadelphia
3.  After “Spring Garden Street” Exit, the highway divides into 676 East (Vine Street Expressway, Ben Franklin Bridge, New Jersey) and I-76 East (Airport). Stay on the Right hand side, and take I-76 East Airport.
4.  Immediately after that take “30th Street Station” Exit on your Right
5.  Continue around the train station, and turn Right onto Market St (West)
6.  Take Market St (West) to 36th St, and Turn Right onto 36th St (North)
7. At the first light, make a Sharp Right onto Lancaster Ave
8. CEC is on your Right : a large brick building

I don’t care how you get here
Get here if you can