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Olney Culture Lab promotes Culture as a Catalyst for Community Development and Social Change.

The organization believe that celebrating indigenous cultural assets is integral to bringing about positive transformation and change in a community. (Indigenous means – “Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment”.)

Olney Culture Lab works to increase social capital by strengthening networks in the community and creating strategic alignment of cultural assets and resources. To that end, the organization is dedicated to working in the Olney neighborhood in Philadelphia. Given that it is one the most ethnically diverse zip codes in Pennsylvania. Olney is the cornerstone and foundation where we investigate ideas on how to leverage its indigenous cultural assets to advance the cause of collective growth and prosperity.

Olney Culture Lab signature event is the annual Olney Youth Arts Festival, which celebrates vibrant youth arts programming, showcasing different ethnic expressions to promote cross-cultural awareness. This year they are celebrating the fifth annual festival on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 12:00 - 4:00PM. 

Come out and witness the amazing artistry that our young people bring into the world!

This year they are bringing back familiar faces as well as welcoming new ones.  Among some of the performance groups are:  Esperanza Academy Charter High School’s Dance Company, Three Aksha Dance Company, Mutya Philippine Dance Company, Philly Movements Dance Company, North Philly Foot Stompers Drill Team just to name a few.

The vast array of dance featured will include: breaking, hip hop, salsa, ballet, modern, classical Indian, praise, Afro-fusion, among others.  The Festival will also feature the newest City of Philadelphia’s Youth Poet Laureate, Husnaa Hashim.

By focusing on the aforementioned goals, the Festival hopes to increase the visibility of the youth arts programs and to promote a sense of economic vitality and community in Olney and the city of Philadelphia. 

Come out and witness the amazing artistry that our young people bring into the world!


Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 12 pm – 4 pm


500 Block of West Chew Avenue (between North 5th St. & North Fairhill St.) | Philadelphia, PA 19120

(Inclement Weather we move indoors to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 5918 North 5th St., 19120)

Elizabeth Sytsma