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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 2019-20 twenty-two schools are matched with twenty-one 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). 

2019-20 CAP Schools and Organizations

Participating Schools:

Holy Cross

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Maternity BVM

Our Lady of Hope

Our Mother of Consolation

Resurrection Regional

St. Barnabas

St. Cecilia

St. Frances Cabrini

St. Francis Xavier

St. Gabriel


St. George

St. Helena-Incarnation Regional

St. Malachy

St. Martin DePorres

St. Martin of Tours

St. Matthew

St. Monica

St. Raymond of Penafort

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Veronica

Visitation BVM



2019-20 CAP Cultural Providers

Assembly Providers:

  • AMLA
  • Chestnut Brass
  • Franklin Institute
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Walnut Street Theatre


Field Trip Providers:

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Arden Theatre
  • Bartram’s Garden
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Fort Mifflin
  • Freedoms Foundation
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • Mutter Museum
  • Penn Museum
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia Orchestra


Residency Providers:

  • Clay Studio
  • Musicopia
  • Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
CAP 2018-19 School Feedback