Key Partnerships

ACPPA Community Arts Center


Artists Cooperative for Personal and Professional Advancement (ACPPA) was founded in 2004 with a mission to improve quality of life through the arts. In 2006, they opened their Community Art Center to provide affordable and continuous arts education to the Norristown community. Through the Center’s holistic teaching methods, ACPPA aims to make arts education accessible by offering classes, workshops, and performances at little or no cost to Norristown families, nurture creative self-expression, and revitalize self, family, and community


Bryn Mawr established a partnership with ACPPA in 2009. College student volunteers have:

  • assisted in the Center's monthly "Family Paint Jam" night, a family get-together where families make art and have dinner with their children
  • volunteered to teach and design workshops such as Partner Yoga
  • worked at the Center as participants in Bryn Mawr’s Community Based Work Study program
  • participated in advocacy and lobbying activities to promote arts funding in Norristown and art education in the Norristown school district

ACPPA featured in Inside Bryn Mawr