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University of the Arts Celebrates

In 2018, UArts announced Uniquely UArts: The Campaign for Creative Capital to support four initiatives: enhancing the student experience, investing in faculty, re-envisioning campus and developing innovative programming. The goal was to raise $50 million.

Last month UArts President and CEO David Yager announced that the campaign far exceeded its goals and raised $67.2 million in a ceremony at UArts.

Nate Hamilton, who’s grandmother, gave “The single-largest donation to the campaign was $25 million from the estate of Dorrance “Dodo” Hill Hamilton, the late Campbell Soup heiress who served on the school’s board for decades, a number of them as board chair.” and Brian Effron, “I am honored to serve as the chair of this campaign,” said UArts Trustee and campaign Chair Brian Effron.”

Money from the just-completed campaign, dubbed “Uniquely UArts: The Campaign for Creative Capital,” will be spent and saved for a variety of efforts including the biggest chunk, about $24 million, will be kept in perpetuity in endowment.

Jon Lovitz, and Brenton McClosky

About $17 million is being used for capital projects, like a new student center in the former Gershman Y building at Broad and Pine Streets, the Laurie Wagman Recording Studios, and “Living Steps,” a new gathering space for students.

Lynn Sullivan, Marian M and Eleanor Davis
Lawrence Taylor and Ralph Cintino

Restricted funds totaling about $14 million are being used for programs and academic disciplines.

About $5 million is being set aside as discretionary funds — for expenditures like tuition relief, housing costs, food expenses, and art supplies.

$5.5 million will go toward scholarships.

Nate Hamilton, Harriet and Larry Weiss with Councilperson Mark Squilla

The University of the Arts Students

One of the recent improvements in the Hamilton Hall was the creation of Uarts Living Steps. Check out how they were created HERE

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Scene: The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade

Saturday night a new parade was held in Philadelphia to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the Chinese New Year.

‘The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade,’ feature arts and culture groups from multicultural backgrounds. Floats, balloons, dance troupes, and several marching bands.

The parade kicked off at 2nd and Market Streets at 5PM.

The Primark store invited a few friends to ride on their Double Decker bus as it made it’s away along Market Street for the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade.

Kids and adults lined the street, smiling, waving with joy. It was great to see, especially after what we’ve all been through.

The Unionville High School rendition of “The Grinch” was fantastic. I bet they put on a great school play too!!

Primark and Boston Market gave out goodies along the parade route.
A performance by Dance 4 Life, Wilmington De.

Who knew, Santa was legendary Phillies coach Charlie Manuel, they kept it secret so the kids…. Thank you to all those involved, it was a huge success, on a limited budget, which created priceless memories for kids and adults a like. A dream come true for years to come, a dream by Mayor Jim Kenney, who always wanted a lighted holiday parade, as some other cities have, but he really created one, uniquely Philly. Thanks to the City Rep’s office, Visit Philly, Cashman Pr, and especially the team from Welcome America who produced the event. Thanks to Boston Market and Primark for sponsoring me to photograph the parade.