Community Engagement

Platt Student Performing Arts House coordinates a number of programs that offer opportunities for students to engage in the arts and culture community at Penn and throughout Philadelphia.

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Once a week, for eight weeks each semester, talented Penn students share their skills and love of the performing and visual arts with local children ages 10-15 years of age.   Participants take part in workshops focusing on dance, voice, musical instruments, visual arts and theatre all run by Penn students.  Each session's activities feature educational goals such as language arts, communication skills, social skills, and movement.  The semester's program culminates in a public performance at the Platt House.  If you are interested in learning more about our After School Arts at Penn program, please contact Laurie McCall, Director of Platt Student Performing Arts House.

Community Ticketing Program

Each semester Penn's student performance groups donate tickets to the community to see their shows. Last year, these groups offered 500 tickets to 30 community organizations.  If you are an community group that wishes to participate in this program, please email

Visiting Workshops and Performances

Penn student performance groups perform and conduct workshops at local schools and community organizations during the academic year.  If you are a community organization or school representative that would like to have Penn students provide performing arts activities at your location, please contact Laurie McCall, Director of Platt Student Performing Arts House.

Francis Johnson Baton: An Award for Altruism

The Office of the Chaplain and Platt Student Performing Arts House present the annual Francis Johnson Baton: An Award for Altruism.  Named for Francis Johnson (1792-1844), Penn band leader and internationally renowned African American musician and composer, this award celebrates charitable work accomplished by University of Pennsylvania student performing arts groups.  Learn more about how your student performing arts group can participate in charitable work and potentially earn the Francis Johnson Baton here

For more information about these and other community service initiatives, you can also contact the Performing Arts Council Community Service Chairperson.