The Community Education Center was founded by local community members to promote shared experiences among diverse audiences. Over time, performing arts became the unifying thread and the Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.
The Community Education Center (CEC) invited three Philadelphia performance artists—theater artist Justin Jain, theater artist Adrienne Mackey, and choreographer Olive Prince—to participate in the organization’s 22nd New Edge Residency program. Established in 1984, the residency program supports the development of new work by Philadelphia artists who have had substantial performance experience, yet are still emerging. The performance artists were each given a stipend and 10 months of rehearsal space to produce a new work, presented in three evening-length performances. For the 2007 showcase, Prince created Spare Change, a dance work combining modern dance and experimental video; Jain developed a solo physical theater work, Neverboy; and Mackey wrote and directed a new play, Recitatif.