NJ.com: Classes for everyone!
Director of Philly Art Center, Jill Markovitz, was interviewed a week before the Grand Opening of our 3rd location in Cherry Hill. Alex Young over at NJ.com wrote an excellent article highlighting all that we do in the city and all that we plan to do in South Jersey! Read the full article below or head over to NJ.com for more!
CHERRY HILL TWP. – A Philadelphia business hoping to teach local kids and adults about art and creativity is coming across the bridge to set up shop at a new location on Springdale Road.
The Philly Art Center has actually already started holding classes at their new location but they are planning a huge grand opening party for the Chery Hill location at the end of the month.
“When we throw parties, we throw them big,” Director Jill Markovitz said.
As a teacher and an artist, Markovitz started the Philly Art Center in the city’s Fairmont section in 2004. She started small, but the Springdale Road location will be the center’s second expansion.
“It was always a dream of mine to start an art center,” Markovitz said. “We slowly built up our programming and offerings from a one room studio.”
The center has classes for everyone. Markovitz said there really isn’t any kind of age limit for their classes, which include things for infants all the way up to adults.
They also have music classes for babies and toddlers, art classes for ages 2 and up, as well as summer camps and after-school programs.
Markovitz said it the perfect time to open a location in New Jersey.
“We had a lot of customers and students coming to us from New Jersey. It just finally felt like the right time,” she said. “It felt like there was a real need in the community for arts programming for kids and adults.”
The grand opening will be on Sunday, May 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. include face painting, food trucks and even a Mummers band.
Markovitz said the new facility has plenty of bright, natural light and plenty of outside space to eland their art programs. She said they were very excited to start working in a new neighborhood.
“It’s an awesome community over there,” she said. “There are people who are really excited to provide these extra creative enrichment opportunities for kids.”