The same goes for the high schools within the city.
“The future of our city, our region and our nation relies on equality public education,” Spielman said. “We are not going to have democracy, simple society and functioning economy unless we invest in public education.”
With hands-on activities, students are able to apply what they are learning how these things are relevant in the real world and their everyday lives.
PEF has also created the ArtsRising initiative
, which aims to educate students in math and science through creative channels like music and dance. Schools in Northeast, West and North Philadelphia currently participate this program.
Ambrose Liu is a coordinator for the ArtsRising program.
"It's my job finding groups like FMA Live by Honeywell and NASA to bring that into the schools, because they use the arts to get kids excited about other subject matters. In this case, 'STEM' - science, technology, education and math," Liu explained.
Programs through ArtsRising are not always aiming to educate students about math and science. Assemblies set up in the past have brought in performances focusing strictly on arts. From hip-hop dance performances to Walnut Street Theatre productions, these assembles aim to encourage students to become involved with different art programs.
"Part of the reason ArtsRising was created was to be a connector, a 'go-between', someone to be the bridge and to bring those opportunities to the children of Philadelphia," Liu said. "And they certainly benefit from that."
Lili Zheng and Shannon Dougherty are students reporting for Philadelphia Neighborhoods, the publication of Temple University's Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab.