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Connelly Access Program

In 1995, parish elementary school teachers in Philadelphia asserted that budget constrictions most often impacted their art and music programs. The Foundation responded by establishing the Connelly Access Program (CAP).  Designed to supplement schools’ core curricula, CAP connects selected cultural organizations with an enthusiastic audience of participating Catholic elementary school students.  


The Connelly Access Program provides cultural educational experiences for Philadelphia parish, regional, and mission elementary school students in grades 4-8.  The 45 schools in the current CAP program have been divided into two groups in order that each school might experience CAP on a three-year rotating basis.  During 2016-17 twenty-three schools are matched with twenty-two cultural organizations so that each participating school will receive:


  • Live performances at concert halls and theatres; visits to museums, historic and scientific venues (2 field trips annually during the school’s rotation)
  • Unique cultural programming provided at their own schools (2 in-house assemblies annually during the  school’s rotation)
  • In-depth cultural residency program over a 6-10 week period at the school (1 residency per school during the school's rotation)
  • Coverage of entrance fees, assemblies, residency programs and transportation costs


An additional significant benefit of CAP is the opportunity to direct financial support to high-quality cultural organizations and institutions in the Philadelphia region.


To date CAP has provided more than 2,200 field trips, 1,300 assemblies and 40 residencies (begun 2011-12 school year). 

2016-17 CAP Schools and Organizations

Participating Schools:

Blessed Trinity Regional

Christ the King

DePaul Catholic

Holy Innocents

Holy Redeemer

Mother of Divine Grace

Our Lady of Calvary

Our Lady of Port Richmond

Our Mother of Sorrows-St. Ignatius

St. Anselm

St. Anthony of Padua Regional

St. Atanasius


St. Christopher

St. Dominic

St. Francis de Sales

St. Jerome

St. Katherine of Siena

St. Laurentius

St. Martha

St. Mary Interparochial

St. Peter the Apostle

St. Pio Regional

St. Rose of Lima

Cultural Organizations:

1807 Friends/Wister Quartet

Academy of Natural Sciences

Adventure Aquarium


Arden Theatre Company

Bartram's Garden

Chestnut Brass Company

The Clay Studio

Eastern State Penitentiary

The Franklin Institute

Freedoms Foundation


Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Independence Seaport Museum


Mutter Museum

National Liberty Museum

Penn Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

The Philadelphia Zoo

Walnut Street Theatre



CAP 2016-17 School Feedback