Art-Reach believes that by listening to communities about the barriers they face, we can create an equitable world. High School students have historically been removed from conversations about increasing museum participation. Art-Reach aims to change that. By creating barrier-free access to Philadelphia High School students to over 15 museums, Art-Reach’s STAMP program embraces self-directed learning and inclusive arts engagement at a time when arts education funding across school districts has reached critical need.
STAMP was originally developed by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA) in 2013 to increase museum access for teenagers in Philadelphia. The Cultural Alliance managed STAMP until June 2020.
STAMP is supported in part by a Leadership Gift from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Education Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation. “My team and I are so excited to have an opportunity to continue STAMP with the support of the Kimmel Family,” shared John Orr, Executive Director of Art-Reach, adding, “In a year where arts funding in schools is reduced due to the pandemic, this will give Philadelphia high school students the opportunity to engage with the arts on their terms and without cost.”