The Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival (LAAF), established in September of 2008, is Portside Arts Center's biggest outdoor annual community arts event. All of the proceeds raised during this event support Portside’s After School Arts Program.
Portside Arts Center Mission:
Portside Arts Center is a creative hub for community members to increase their access to the arts. Through dynamic arts programing, Portside empowers the children and adults of the community with opportunities to develop their artistic abilities, awaken the imagination, and build self-esteem and confidence.
Portside Arts Center History:
In 2007, Kim Creighton was on a mission. A member of the North Philadelphia community since 1989, she had come to realize that the youth in her area lacked the opportunities for productive extracurricular activities and creative outlets. Kim had a solution. An accomplished mosaic and metal artist, she decided she would found and direct a nonprofit community arts center, where both children and adults could learn to tap into their innate creative energies.
Kim, along with friends and community volunteers, worked tirelessly to renovate and transform a 6,000 square foot warehouse located on located at 2531 E. Lehigh Avenue, into 4 beautiful visual arts classrooms and art gallery. The Portside Arts Center proudly opened their doors in January 2008 and since that time, the Arts Center has reached proportions that Creighton had not even foreseen. Currently the Center provides a 42-week after-school arts program, evening adult classes, a youth summer arts camp, the ArtsMobile outreach initiative, and an annually community arts festival.
Your encouragement and support are vital to building a strong, vibrant community arts center. We hope you can join in our mission.