Community Engagement


FringeArts is committed to the enrichment of those who reside, work, and play in Philadelphia. One of the many ways we make good on this promise is by stewarding partnerships with community stakeholders to build intimate relationships with our audience and our city. In our community engagement practice we seek to build a more connected arts ecosystem, and become a more accessible and open institution for the benefit of the public.

Partner with us

We are committed to building partnerships with organizations that reflect the diverse questions, themes, struggles, and goals of our programming while advancing the goals of communities across our region. Your work can enrich our artists’ and audience’s experience of our presentations through conversation, insight, and advocacy, and we can expand the impact of your work and mission to a broader segment of Philadelphians. For example, for Lightning Rod Special’s The Appointment (High Pressure Fire Service 2019), we hosted a series of post-show conversations in our theater with key stakeholders from reproductive justice organizations. For Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers’ Cartography (Fringe Festival 2019), we partnered with Puentes de Salud to present an installation of their artists’ sculptures to accompany the live performance.

If you are curious about what might be possible in a partnership or are interested in learning more about this work, reach out to Tenara Calem, Community Engagement Manager, at or 215-600-3960.

Community Partners

We are proud to partner with the following organizations through ongoing initiatives and programming. Our collaborations result in neighborhood clean-ups, after school programs, mobile pop-up performances, staff trainings, post-show discussions, development opportunities, and more! 

Community engagement at FringeArts is generously supported by the William Penn Foundation.

Consensus Organizing for the Arts

At FringeArts, we practice consensus organizing for the arts, developed by Seema Sueko at Mo’elelo Performing Arts Center. When we meet with a community stakeholder, we identify mutual interests and explore ways that our work can help meet their goals, and vice versa. As these partnerships grow, so does the context around our artistic programming, and our mutual audiences.

To learn more about consensus organizing and Seema Sueko’s work, click here.

Be Part of the Story

Help FringeArts present world-class, contemporary performing arts that challenge convention and inspire new ways of thinking.