Education & Outreach

For over 48 years, the Painted Bride has created innovative and engaging experiences for youth, students, adults and community members to interact with artists beyond Bride presentations. Our educational programs are designed to enhance and augment art activities in Philadelphia schools and provide unique and insightful opportunities for students and members of Philadelphia communities to interact with artists.

The Bridal Salon: Souls of Black Folk

Theater artist and founder of The Art Church in West Philadelphia, Cara Blouin, has guided a group of artists through a number of discussions based on the idea of the ‘two-ness’ inherent in being a Black American and in many other American experiences as introduced in W.E.B. DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk. These artists have created photography, visual arts installations, performance, and movements  exploring the Black body, the concepts of problem and privilege in society, personhood, and the question of blackness.  Join us for the culminating presentation of the work developed through this program on May 19th at 7pm. Pay what you can.

Contact for more information.


Rock the Pen!

Rock the Pen! is an interactive poetry and spoken word program, designed to show middle and high school students the power of language and their inner voice. This year, the Bride is focusing its efforts and resources on Hope Partnership for Education, providing weekly classes to middle school students from October to June.

Students are led through a curriculum-based program of writing, critique and performance based on arts and education models that advocate not only for the study of art, but for its strategic use in mastering academics.

Learn more about Rock the Pen! by contacting


Artist Community Residencies

The Bride creates meaningful connections between visiting performers or visual artists, and our eclectic network that includes public, private and charter schools, universities, community organizations and social service organizations. The artist takes on the role of facilitator to lead the group whether it is an interactive workshop, demonstration or conversation. Participants are provided insight into the creative process directly from the artist.