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About Us

Our Mission

The Whitemarsh Art Center enriches the community by fostering inspiration, appreciation and engagement in the arts for people of all ages and abilities.

Photo  by: Denise Maggetti Nowak


Our History

The Whitemarsh Art Center was founded in 1964 by Dena Sher and a capable, visionary group of area residents that included Dorothy Nofer and Julia Cottrell. The original mission was to offer after school arts programming for children in the community. From its inception, the art center has partnered with the Whitemarsh Township to make its expanding vision a reality. The township originally offered classroom spaces in various locations until 1970, when a farmhouse dating back to 1730 in Cedar Grove Park became available as a dedicated space. The original floor plan of approximately 400 square feet doubled in size in 1991 and included a well-designed, handicapped-accessible space.

What began as programming for children quickly evolved into classes for all ages and all levels of experience. Early programming included dance and meditation and were often held in the Barn next door, where we continue to hold our larger classes and events.

A membership-based Board of Directors meets regularly to provide  vision, policy, financial oversight and promotion of the Art Center. Countless volunteers have and continue to make the Art Center an ongoing asset to our community. The Art Center is a 501(c)(3), not for profit corporation.

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