Friday, July 11, 2014

Solar Powered Ovens


We worked all week on making these colorful solar powered ovens. Everyone had fun painting their ovens bright colors on the outside and black on the inside to absorb the heat. Then we applied some aluminum foil to the top to reflect the sunlight down into the oven. Today we made double chocolate cookies to make in the ovens!

Cici, Ron and Jennifer helped find a nice sunny spot for the ovens (filled with chocolate cookies).

 Robert and Gigi help to face the aluminum flaps towards the sun so the rays of sunlight will reflect into the ovens.


Morgan was excited to see if the cookies were   done!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunshine Happiness

"Sunshine Happiness" is a great summary of the activities we do in the Cultural Arts Center! It was filmed during classes at SpArc Philadelphia, as well as during our volunteer hours at the Awbury Arboretum. Michael M., a visual artist and participant in the Cultural Arts Center, edited this video using footage filmed by him and other program participants. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Watercolor on Fabric

For the past few weeks, Cultural Arts Center artists have been working with art teacher Christina Lukac to create beautiful watercolor paintings on silk.

Andrea's painting

Detail from Andrea's painting

George's painting in progress

Jennifer's scarf

Details from Jennifer's painting

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Toast to Talent!

On May 16th, SpArc Philadelphia hosted A Toast to Talent!, an annual talent show celebrating everyone's abilities. Hundreds of audience members enjoyed a matinee show and an evening show. Both shows featured the enthusiasm and talent of Cultural Arts Center artists, including a drum circle, a rousing rendition of "Down by the Riverside," and Morgan Taraska reinterpreting the classic song "My Heart Will Go On."

Friday, May 23, 2014

Volunteering at Awbury Arboretum

For the past two months program participants from Cultural Arts have been volunteering at Awbury Arboretum in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Arboretum has 55 acres of green space including open meadows, ponds, woods, and lawns.

Today we saved five trees by removing invasive ivy from their trunks and branches. We also explored the grounds to see all the beautiful flowering bushes and trees that spring has produced.

Terence smells a flowering tree by the Cope House

Walking the arboretum grounds

Volunteer coordinator Leslie explains how to remove ivy from a tree

Cierra cuts an ivy branch attached to a tree

Terence holds up a branch of ivory he just removed

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Things to do with your friends in the spring

As the weather gets warmer, we've been embracing the sunshine by doing many activities outdoors.

Karly read The Sun Also Rises to Robbie, Eric, Mike S., Phoebe, Richard and Tim during Book Club. 

We have also been creating outdoor murals in our back garden that will be able to be seen from the SEPTA commuter trains that pass behind our building. 

Robbie and Rodney participated in newly reinstated Graffiti Club.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Therapy Dog Visits

Over the past month we have been visited by sweet and friendly dogs that come to us through Therapy Dogs International. Both the program participants and the dogs enjoyed spending time with each other!

Everyone meets Raffi for the first time

Ernest and Raffi

Charlene and Raffi

Rytecka and Duxie

Alexis, Sharay and Duxie