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 nine weeks each semester, talented Penn students share their skills and love of the performing and visual arts with local children ages 10-14 years of age. Participants take part in visual arts activities, as well as workshops focusing on dance, voice, musical instruments, 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 program culminates in a public performance at 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.

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Community Ticketing Program

Each semester Penn's student performing arts groups donate tickets to the community to see their shows. Last year, these groups offered 1800  tickets to 20 community organizations. If you represent a community group that wishes to participate in this program, please email platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu. Tickets for select performances are also available to members of Penn's FGLI community. If you are a member of the FGLI community and are interested in attending performing arts shows on campus, please contact the Greenfield Intercultural Center, our partner in this program. 

Visiting Workshops and Performances

Penn student performing arts 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 community service provided by University of Pennsylvania student performing arts groups. Learn more about how your student performing arts group can participate in community service 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.