Image of a linocut and mixed media work by a SNAP student

SNAP (Science, Nature and Art in Philadelphia)

SNAP: Science, Nature and Art in Philadelphia is an innovative, hands-on program that combines science learning with art making for middle school students. SNAP started as an out-of-school time program, initially launched in August 2012 with a one-week summer camp for middle school students grades 6 to 8. In partnership with Saint Joseph's University, SNAP afterschool programming was provided to 4 local schools. Today, SNAP is integrated into the school day at five partner schools in the Wagner's North Philadelphia neighborhood– Meade, Kearny, Morris, Gesu, and St. Martin de Porres.

SNAP incorporates many of the same essential components as GeoKids, but at a more complex level appropriate to middle school students.Taught by professional artists, SNAP uses creative expression to deepen students’ curiosity about the natural world. Students learn art practices and techniques, and go on field trips to LaSalle University Art Museum and Wagner’s natural history museum. SNAP explores the crossroads of science and art, and fosters students’ creativity and artistic expression.

"Much like the scientific method, art making - and printmaking specifically, are processes that involve research, observation, and experimentation. I look forward to watching our students discover these similarities as they use one to inform the other - art to document science and science to power their art," says Rebecca Gilbert, a local printmaker and the Wagner's conservation technician, who has worked with SNAP students in past years.

In the 2020-21 school year, SNAP served 414 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at the five partner schools. This year the program was held virtually with students receiving materials and tools to work with at home during online lessons led in real time by the SNAP artists.

Visit The SNAP Blog for an online exhibit of student work with descriptions of SNAP projects and reflections by Wagner's teaching artists.



Artwork made by SNAP students in 2020-2021

For more information please contact the Children's Education Department at 215-763-6529 x15.


Initial funding for SNAP was provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Institute of Museum and Library Services Museums for America Grant.


In 2020-2021, SNAP was made possible by generous support from:

S. Albert Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation

Alston-Beech Foundation

Connelly Foundation

COVID 19 Arts Aid PHL

Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Joseph and Marie Field Fund

The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust

The Hassel Foundation

The Allen Hilles Fund

Mayer & Morris Kaplan Foundation

William M. King Charitable Foundation

La Salle University Art Museum

Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation

The Christopher Ludwick Foundation

Walter J. Miller Trust

MKM Foundation

The Nelson Foundation

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission


Philadelphia Cultural Fund

The RISE Partnership/Scattergood Foundation

Saint Joseph’s University

Sandy River Charitable Foundation

Scholler Foundation

The Seybert Foundation

Joseph Kennard Skilling Trust

Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation

Samuel Tabas Family Foundation

Thayer Corporation

TTN Giving Circle






















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