ASI Bulletin – November 2021

From our executive director

Thanksgiving is a great time to be thankful and appreciate who you have and what you have. We hope you will always have as many reasons for Thanksgiving in your heart as in ours and that you have a very happy holiday! 

A one-time donation for as little as $1 makes an impact. A recurring donation extends your impact to thousands of people, empowering them to improve their future through education. Recurring donations have funded everything from free handouts, in-person classes, art materials to online curriculums. 

Support this work and other ASI educational programs this Giving Tuesday on November 30th and Facebook will match your contribution. Click here to go to our donation post on Facebook and click on the matching donate button to donate! It’s important to contribute early. Matching begins at 8 am (EST). It will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue until the $8M USD fund has been matched. #Givingtuesday #givingseason

Our Halloween live event for Lights on Afterschool is coming. Teacher Kristin is excited to teach students how to make their own spooky decorations such as spiders, chalk cobwebs, and creepy jars for the holiday season. Sign up here and join us on Thursday, October 28th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Want to know how you can help us to create valuable resources about music? It is quick and easy! It is especially useful for high school students that are working to complete community service hours.

We welcome all groups and individuals to participate. See your efforts become a part of ASI’s music instrument lessons and webpages.

Download our app and sign up for research about musical instruments.

Looking for an afterschool program for youth on Mondays? 

Join Teacher Ben at Shissler Recreation Center (1800 Blair Street Phila PA 19125) for his fun live in-person series called “Collaborating & Creating: Games and Art” Fall afterschool program. 

Slots are open – call the recreation center at 215-685-9888 for more information to sign up.

Thanksgiving is around the corner. Celebrate by coloring a cornucopia and learning about some of the Thanksgiving symbols.

Use food to stamp different designs and create masterpieces! Check out our Food Inspired Art section. 

Learn how to make healthy foods and add a pinch of art to your table by bringing fun to your recipes.

Learn about Mindfulness through the 5 senses that we have been teaching with high school youth online with the Attic.

These art projects will help students develop entrepreneurial skills.

Read by 4th Events, Hosted by the William Penn Foundation: 

Come out and join us at these exciting events across the city! You can try your hand at some of these projects that we will be doing found here: paper crown handout, emerald city, share the love, if you want to share what we are sharing for other fairs please find our links to distribute.

  • We will be with Tree House Books celebrating the Reading Promise Festival on Saturday, October 9th from 10am – 1pm.
  • Join us for a fun afternoon at the Read with Me Family Book Fest, on Sunday, October 10th from 1pm – 4pm! This event will include read alouds of I’ll Build You a Bookcase by the author, interactive activities, and performances by City Love. Also enjoy popup tents with fun giveaways from our partners!
  • At Marconi Plaza on Monday, October 11th from 10am – 4pm, we will continue celebrating the Reading Promise Festival Week with South Philadelphia Kiwanis Club. Enjoy free goodies, books, and guides for parents!
  • Philly Children’s Movement will be hosting an event for Reading Promise Week on Wednesday, October 13th from 2:30 – 4:30pm. Titled Joy + Justice, this event will feature Its Storytime & Khail Munir for K-4 read alouds, My Theraparty for neurodiversity activities, as well as resources from the Chestnut Hill Library. We also have food sponsorship from Wawa, Acme Markets and NW Mutual Aid.
  • Join us for another Reading Promise Week on Thursday, October 14th from 3:00 – 5:30pm at Hamilton Disstol School. Enjoy literacy activities, including word searches, making your own bookmark, and other fun games!
  • In partnership with EleganceExtreme at Shepard Rec Center, come make crafts on Saturday, October 16th from 1-6pm.
  • Join us in making art with the West Philly Reading Captains on Saturday, October 16h from 10am – 3pm.
  • Continue celebrating the Reading Promise Festival at the Historic Fair Hill on Saturday, October 16th from 12 – 4pm. We will be celebrating readers, families, and community resources at on this autumn afternoon!
  • Be a part of the Office of Family and Community Engagement at Northeast High School’s Young Reader’s Book Festival on Saturday, October 16th from 10am – 2pm.
  • Come enjoy a morning of celebrating reading with us and Read to Succeed Philadelphia at Samuel Gompers School on Saturday, October 16th from 9am – 12pm.
  • Enjoy the Read By 4th Closing Event at The Hartranft Basketball Court on Sunday, October 17th from 1-4pm.

We are working at these sites in person this Fall: Cione, Northern Liberties, Shissler and Towey Recreation Centers with more to come soon!

So far our art programs projects have included: Origami dogs and doghouses, Origami hearts, Small and medium illustrated books bound with stapler and with string, Boxes, OP art, Plate planes, Marigold seed packets, feather writing quill, symmetrical tiger, pop up chair room interior, person – front and back, emotion monster, egg and chick inside outside project, 3-D Turtle and more!

Indigenous American cultures can be interesting, spiritual, creative, and unique. Learn their history and celebrate their originality.
This page is under construction with new curriculum being added regularly.

Now is the perfect time to volunteer with us at Art Sphere. If you would like to join our team, sign up today at the link below!

YOU can be a part of Art Sphere’s mission in “Transforming Lives through the Arts.” Art Sphere provides FREE art instruction and supplies to inner-city youth who often have fewer opportunities to take art classes. Here, they learn how to creatively solve problems and express themselves. By donating here to our local Philadelphia organization, your money will go right back into the community. Thank you.


We would like to take a moment to thank The Christopher Ludwick Foundation, The Presser Foundation,  and The Douty Foundation for supporting Art Sphere Inc.’s mission.

… and that wraps up this edition of the Art Sphere Bulletin. Thank you so much for reading our update this month. Be sure to follow us on social media for more fun activities, and we’ll see you later! 

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