The Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives (PACC) Program will cultivate social change arts projects anchored in the community and the Haverford College curriculum.
Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PACC will explore the role of the arts in effecting civic change and encouraging sustainable participatory communities of engagement. In partnership with local non-profit organizations, artists, Haverford faculty and students the initiative will create a regional hub coordinating a network of partners and activities within the Philadelphia area. Sited in Haverford College’s VCAM (Visual Culture, Arts, and Media) facility as part of the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, PACC will support cooperative creative arts alliances and create new curricular and scholarly structures for arts civic engagement.
Following on the successful Mellon Creative Residencies Program, PACC offers opportunities to join with community members as partners in dialogue, advocacy and active creation. Working in tandem with those who have made social and arts advocacy a lifelong mission, students can learn new approaches to the complex challenges that face our urban communities: climate change, illiteracy, incarceration, income inequality, water pollution, and public education funding. Non-profit organizations and artist partners in turn will help to shape and create new public resources, exhibitions, documentaries, research projects, and campaigns to further their critical causes within extended communities of creative and scholarly practice.