Letter from the Presidents

Every day at Community College of Philadelphia, students are creating, inventing and imagining. This is certainly true of students in the arts programs, where mastering an instrument, writing a work of fiction or painting a work of art brings them closer to their goals of entering their career field or preparing for further studies.

Programs in the arts at the College feature expert faculty who are active in their fields, allowing students to learn firsthand from experienced professionals. The rich cultural offerings of Philadelphia enhance students’ understanding and serve as a constant source of inspiration. Whether students are looking for traditional art programs, such as Art and Design, Creative Writing and Music, or programs that feature cutting-edge technical skills, such as Sound Recording and Music Technology, Photographic Imaging and the new Digital Video Production curriculum, the College will prepare them to reach their educational goals and beyond.

This fall, the Art department will expand course offerings at the Northeast Regional Center with a state-of-the-art classroom in our newly built facility. The classroom, which features mostly windows, allows for the extensive use of natural light. The new building will also provide learning space for the Center for Small Business Education, Growth and Training, which will offer a number of strategies and resources from our Corporate Solutions team to boost economic growth. The Center will help us offer more workforce development initiatives specifically for critical business areas in Northeast Philadelphia.

Pathways also features one alumna, Amanda Stevenson-Lupke, who turned her talent in photography into a multiservice business 16 years ago. Additional examples of how our graduates and faculty shape the city's cultural landscape are apparent in galleries adorned with photographs and works of art, in bookstores featuring author readings, in music hall performances and in recording studio sessions. In this issue, you will learn about their contributions and discover what is possible in Philadelphia’s thriving arts community.

Stephen M. Curtis
Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D.
Community College of Philadelphia
A. E. Piscopo Arlene M. Yocum
Community College of Philadelphia Foundation