Courier Post: A Creative Place Closer to Home

Courier Post recently featured a press release to inform South Jersey of our Grand Opening Party at our new Cherry Hill location. Read the full story below, or head over to for more.

Megan Dorris, a Chesterfield resident and Philly Art Center’s Cherry Hill site director, shows the studio space in the 1,000-square foot facility.

Even though it’s called Philly Art Center, it’s coming to Cherry Hill.

With two locations in the city — the original in Fairmount and another in Queen Village — Philly Art Center was so successful, many asked when they might open on this side of the river.

Jill Markovitz, the center’s founder and director, decided to meet the demand she heard from South Jersey residents who wanted a creative place for themselves and their children closer to home.

Philly Art Center will open Sunday at 1721 Springdale Road (at the Jewish Federation’s Annex, though it’s not affiliated with the federation). To celebrate, the center will offer art stations with screen printing, painting, pottery demonstrations, music and food trucks from 2 to 5 p.m.

“All our teachers are highly trained, either as artists or educators or both,” said Markovitz, a Philadelphia native who studied art at the universities of New Mexico and Massachusetts.

Philly Art Center opened its first location in 2004 and offers a wide arrange of classes, camps and after-school sessions for all ages, from creative play for babies and toddlers to pottery and painting for adults.

“It was always a dream of mine since college to open” an art center, Markovitz said. “After relocating back to Philadelphia after school, it just felt like the right move.”

Markovitz employs about about 15 to 20 full-time teachers among the three locations, depending on the season.

For more information, call (215) 765-2787 (ARTS) or visit


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