Penn Treaty SSD To Award over $51,000
in Grants and Sponsorships at the April 2017 Meeting

PHILADELPHIA –April 3, 2017 – The Penn Treaty Special Services District (Penn Treaty SSD) is proud to announce Grants and Sponsorships to the following recipients:

  1. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center – $30,000 to support Oh, Snap!, Family Photo, and Neighborhood Workshops in order to continue engaging neighbors with photography and their local history.
  2. The Lyra Society – $6,850 to support the GLISSANDO! Program at Kearny which brings free, individual harp lessons to children. Harp students in the program give performances both large and small in places as prestigious as the Curtis Institute of Music. These experiences help kids gain the tools needed to navigate the world confidently and eloquently.
  3. ArtWell – $3,500 to support their free, family-friendly Festival fundraiser on May 21, 2017.
  4. Friends of Cione Park – $3,500 to support the costs of their free Family Fun Day on May 13, 2017.
  5. Portside Arts Center – $3,500 to help support the Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival on May 13, 2017.
  6. NLNA – $3,500 to support their 2017 Summer fundraisers: Spring Music Fest on June 3 and a booth at the Second Street Festival on August 6, 2017.
  7. Fire Museum Presents (co-sponsored by Fractured Atlas)$650 to support a performance of the Nakatani Gong Orchestra at the Icebox Project Space in South Kensington on April 4, 2017.

The awards will be presented at the April 19, 2017 meeting.

The Penn Treaty SSD, incorporated in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for residents of the immediate neighborhoods surrounding SugarHouse Casino—including Fishtown, South Kensington, Old Richmond and Northern Liberties.

Funding — which to date has totaled more than $4.1 million — is provided by SugarHouse Casino through an annual donation. Allocation of funds is determined exclusively by the Penn Treaty SSD Board through a grant request form and a review process.

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About Penn Treaty Special Services District
The Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD) is a nonprofit organization formed by volunteers from the four neighborhoods named in the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) reached with SugarHouse Casino in 2009. Contact: Katrina Mansfield, Secretary (215-574-9274) or See also

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC)
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region. The organization fulfills this mission by offering educational programs, photographic exhibitions, lectures by practicing artists, and affordable access to high-end digital equipment for the creation of photographs. PPAC is a resource for both practicing artists as well as individuals interested in learning about all aspects of contemporary photography. PPAC provides needed technical services and instruction and promotes the relationships and connections that will lead to a more vibrant photography community. Contact: Pauline Miller at

About The Lyra Society
The Lyra Society, established in 2004, was created to increase awareness of the harp as a major solo instrument, expand the harp repertoire by commissioning gifted composers, educate young harpists, and enrich the lives of students. Contact: Elizabeth Huston at

About ArtWell
Since 2000, ArtWell programs have transformed the lives of more than 33,500 young people facing discrimination, poverty, violence, and the everyday challenges of growing up, in partnership with over 395 schools and community organizations. Through collaborations between local artists and young people, ArtWell fosters thriving, just and peaceful communities throughout the Philadelphia area.
Contact: Rea Pagliarulo at

About Friends of Cione Park
For years many community members have donated their time, energy, and money. Today we are a proud neighborhood, and plan to have a fun day in the park every month through to October. Contact: Sue Wynn at

About Portside Arts Center
By building self-awareness, and appreciation of one’s own inner creativity and artistic skills, this non-profit aims to transform the lives of individuals, improve their academic and economic success and awaken a social and civic sense in order to raise the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Contact: Jenna Wilchinsky, Assistant Director at

About Northern Liberties Neighbors Association
The Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) is a civic association and 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1976. The NLNA represents approximately 6,500 neighborhood residents and more than 150 local businesses. Our mission is to provide services and programs beneficial to everyone residing and doing business in the neighborhood, encourage and promote the preservation and beautification of our public spaces, and plan and monitor the growth and development of our neighborhood to the benefit of the community.
Contact: Don Phillips at

About Fire Museum Presents
FMP has brought the experimental/psychedelic/avant/world noise in Philadelphia since 2007. Contact: Steven Tobin, Director/Curator at


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