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At Olney Culture Lab, we believe that culture can be a catalyst for community development and positive social change. Our mission is to celebrate cultural assets by designing and producing events and programs that showcase the multitude of diverse cultural expression found in the greater Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. By strengthening networks in the community and creating strategic alignment of cultural assets and resources, we increase social capital and a sense of civic pride. 


Olney Culture Lab was founded in January 2014.  Since then, it has been a steady climb of an ever-increasing calendar of robust cultural events, programs and partnerships.  


We produce the following on-going events & programs:

  • Olney Youth Arts Festival (since 2014)
  • Olney Choir Festival (since 2015)
  • Jazz on the Green at Fisher Park (since 2016) 
  • Second Friday Open Mic Night (monthly since 2014) 
  • Global is Local Ethnic Food Tour (since 2018)

We also have collaborated with local stakeholders in the following projects:

  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series in the 9thDistrict (since 2018) with Councilwoman Cherelle Parker
  • Tacony Creek Park Project (since 2018) with the Tookany-Tacony/ Frankford Watershed Partnership 
  • Lowell Playground Project (2018-2019) with The Trust for Public Land 

Future projects:

  • Rebuild – Olney Recreation Center (2019-2020) with PHMC
  • Olney Embrace Project (2019-2020) with various stakeholders & artists-in-residence

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Yes, we are a fiscally sponsored project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia , which is a public 501c3 organization recognized by the IRS. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law.

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