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LiveConnections' Bridge Sessions and in-school residencies provide interactive educational opportunities for youth from city schools & people with disabilities.
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Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
Carter Rowe Charitable Trust
CHG Charitable Trust
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
Samual S. Fels Fund
Independence Foundation
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Christopher Ludwick Foundation
Presser Foundation
Rosenlund Family Foundation
Caroline J.S. Sanders Trust
Scholler Foundation
Howell Lockhart Seiple Trust
Seybert Foundation
Joseph Kennard Skilling Trust
Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial
Wyncote Foundation

 

 

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Additional support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

 

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