Certificate in Arts in Community

Dr. William Yalowitz 

The Arts in Community Program (ACP) was started as a commitment to the many and varied communities in Philadelphia and to Tyler students' education as artists to combine artistic disciplines with skills and knowledge in community organizing, positioning them for an expanded civic role in the 21st century. ACP develops and delivers university courses, after-school workshops, inter-generational forums, inter-disciplinary performances and site-specific installations. At the heart of the program are community partnerships and internships that enable Tyler/Temple students to expand their art disciplines as community collaborators. During the last several years ACP has created a body of community-based arts works, establishing a network of relationships and ongoing presence in neighborhoods that translates into continued projects. During this time, we have worked with youth and adults, organizations and families, in North Philadelphia neighborhoods and beyond, building a broad range of community arts partnerships that stimulate dialogue and share history to create exhibitions and interdisciplinary performances based on community lives and stories and shared student experiences. As part of this program, Tyler offers an undergraduate Certificate in Arts in Community on the Main Campus only.


The undergraduate Certificate in Arts in Community, offered on the Main Campus only, consists of a four-course, 12-credit sequence. Both matriculated and non-matriculated students may register for these courses. The required courses for the undergraduate certificate are:

ARTE 3011Introductory Seminar in Community Arts3
or ARTE 3911 Honors Introductory Seminar in Community Arts
ARTE 3089Research and Project Planning Seminar in Community Arts3
or ARTE 3989 Honors Research and Project Planning in Community Arts
ARTE 4012Community Arts3
ARTE 4089Evaluation and Documentation in Community Arts3
Total Credit Hours12