Meet Keisha Whatley
A creative since childhood, Keisha Whatley founds the ArtHaus after a long career in the arts and education.
Sport Your Support
Say it loud! The ArtHaus is a community effort. Put your support on display: apparel, decor and accessories available.
Become a Sponsor!
Your business or organization will be recognized, promoted and recognized as an ArtHaus Sponsor! Exciting perks coming soon!
Our mission is to encourage and nurture creativity and personal growth through the promotion of high-quality community arts, wellness, education, and professional-development programming. The ArtHaus will be a collegial place where artists can create, exhibit, and sell their work. A vibrant hub for the community, the ArtHaus will also be a safe place for our children to experience the boundless opportunities for freedom of expression the arts make possible.
Join us as we do our part to create a peaceful & thriving community!
Germantown ArtHaus History
Community-Focused | Community-Powered
Restoring and renovating a 150 year old building comes with a lot of surprises! As you can imagine, craftsmen in 1890 did things very differently than we require in 2021! Your donations will literally build the foundation of this project.
Funds Raised to Date (of $150,000)
THE RESTORATION SCOPE
The building needs work “from soup to nuts”, as they say. While we have secured the acquisition & majority of the renovation costs via PIDC, we have a significant gap in funding at the back end of the project.
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In addition, unexpected structural repairs (they definitely did things differently in 1904 than we require today for safety!), required asbestos abatement, and increased materials costs due to the COVID pandemic’s impact on the industry have increased our shortfall as well.
Creative Ways You Can Help
Philadelphia Needs the Healing & Empowering Benefit of the Arts and Community … More Than Ever!
Ever since funding for the arts decreased, it has been imperative that we make a way to bring the arts to underserved communities, and make high-quality art accessible to the masses. The stakes have never been higher!
IMPACT ON EDUCATION
Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college and…
3 times more likely
to win awards for school attendance
4 times more likely
to be awarded for academic achievement
4 times more likely
to participate in a math and science fair
and drop-out at a rate of 4%
(vs. 22% of their peers)
Arts and cultural economic activity (incl. for-profit) accounts for 4.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or 877.8 billion.
The arts improve individual health and psychological wellbeing.
The arts improve skills, cultural capital and creativity.
86% of artists vote vs. 60% of the general public.
Studies show that arts education had a significant effect on the academic and social success of their students. Those with greater arts participation were more likely to come to class, avoid being removed and graduate. Additionally, they demonstrated greater proficiency in mathematics and communication.