Community Arts Practices

Community Arts Practices (CAP) at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers an interdisciplinary opportunity to engage communities’ intergenerational stories, histories and cultures to creatively address contemporary challenges and to reimagine our collective future.

During a time when society at-large is being examined through multiple crises surrounding race, health, economy and climate, among other issues, CAP offers what few undergraduate programs provide today: socially-engaged art making that emphasizes the creative process and object as well as their social implications.

Deeply-rooted in Tyler’s larger mission and values, CAP exists at the intersection of art, academics and activism. Students bring a range of backgrounds and interests—from urban and environmental studies, to racial justice and community development, to LGBTQIA+ studies and more—and integrate these aspects into their work.

Guided by an award-winning faculty of practicing, community-based artists, students perform community-focused research and collaborate with community members on project designs that range from traditional to experimental to innovative. Their interdisciplinary site-specific installations, performances, multimedia productions and public art exhibitions address complex community issues, stimulate dialogues and garner critical acclaim.

CAP students learn invaluable critical and technical skills to make positive change through active citizenship in areas they care about, and develop a greater sense of responsibility, empathy, inclusivity and leadership. These attributes and experiences prepare students for graduate programs in their areas of interest and successful careers.

Fieldwork, internships and partnerships
Students tackle today’s most complex social, political and economic challenges through direct engagement with Philadelphia’s vibrant neighborhoods, including partnerships with families, organizations, housing developments, activist campaigns, local artists and more to create art based on the lives, stories and shared experiences of the city’s diverse communities.

Upcoming Events


  • Tyler Faculty Recognized for Excellence

    Tyler faculty members across painting, photography, architecture, and sculpture programs have been recognized for their ongoing achievements outside of the classroom, ...

  • Pepón Osorio in Conversation with Nicole Fleetwood for MoMA

    Pepón Osorio, the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Community Art at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, was recently interviewed by artist and scholar Nicole Fleetwood ...

  • Community Arts Practices Addresses Inequities Created by Climate Change

    The Trust for Public Land Heat Response PHL project was launched to create public art that addresses the question: “Why should we care about urban heat and what can we...