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Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation Selects Philly Youth Poetry Movement

Friday, September 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kabria Rogers
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Philadelphia, PAThe Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation has selected Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) as the winner of the 2017 George Bartol Arts Education Award. The Award is given to an organization that provides sustained, meaningful exposure and participation in the arts; that demonstrates an active engagement in the lives of its students and community; and that maintains high artistic standards for its faculty and students. 

“This program is life-changing. PYPM students learn the power of telling their stories through poetry, and performance” says Beth Feldman Brandt, Executive Director of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation. “To see dozens of young people writing each and every Saturday through PYPM’s weekly workshops or to hear hundreds of teens and their families cheering themselves hoarse for their favorite competitive poet in the Slam League shows the deep engagement that PYPM has with its community. We are excited to recognize PYPM and especially their teaching artists who connect so intensely with their students. ” Click here to view a video showcasing PYPM and to learn more about The George Bartol Award.

“PYPM is honored to be the recipient of the George Bartol Arts Education Award. This award is a celebration of courageous youth who strive to change their lives by taking ownership of themselves while amplifying the PYPM mission,” says Greg Corbin, Founder and Executive Director of PYPM. “PYPM provides a safe space for youth to become who they were meant to be and not who society tells them they should be. When we invest in the voices of the young we are in turn investing in the voices of ourselves and the future. Young people at PYPM write life and live it into existence."

The Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) is a volunteer-run organization that provides a safe space for Philadelphia teens to discover the power of their voices through spoken word and literary expression. PYPM offers literary arts education programming for youth ages 13-19 that promotes creative expression, critical literacy, life skills, and civic engagement. PYPM believes that when youth take ownership of their voice, they take ownership over themselves. PYPM programs are designed to provide young people with a platform for creative expression so they can grow as writers, public speakers, critical thinkers, and empathetic individuals. PYPM programs provide extensive opportunities for youth to perform in front of audiences through weekly open mics, at weekly writing workshop, and at poetry clubs established within local schools, in addition their Poetry Slam League, and monthly teen night. For more information on PYPM and its programs, visit

The George Bartol Arts Education Award was established in 2001 to recognize outstanding arts education programs by a non-profit cultural organization. Each year, a grant of $5,000 is made in memory of George Bartol, founder of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, who believed that the key to a thriving arts community was an investment in arts education for its children. As part of its annual grant review process, the Foundation designates one grantee to receive this additional award of $5,000 to further support its arts education programs. This year’s award is made possible in part through gifts from Mr. Bartol’s children.

The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, as the only local Foundation devoted solely to supporting local arts organizations, seeks to foster an environment where arts and culture can flourish. Created in 1984, the Foundation provides financial and technical support to non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Philadelphia. Through its grantmaking, the Foundation works to ensure a vibrant cultural life for all of its citizens through programs that use art as a catalyst for meaningful communication and connections, strengthening the social fabric of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

Past George Bartol Award Winners:

• Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) (2016)
• ArtWell (2015)
• Philadanco (2014)
• The Village for Arts & Humanities (2013)
• 1812 Production (2012)
• Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture (2011)
• Spiral Q Puppet Theater (2010)
• Art Sanctuary (2009)
• Taller Puertorriqueño (2008)
• Mount Carmel After-School Music Program (2007)
• Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial (2006)
• The Clay Studio (2005)
• Scribe Video Center (2004)
• Philadelphia Young Playwrights (2003)
• Philadelphia Folklore Project (2002)
• Southwest Community Enrichment Center (2001)