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The KIND Institute


 

The KIND Institute is a non-profit delivering innovative art and humane education programs to empower the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

 

Maria Pandolfi and Ron Kustrup lead a youth workshop at The KIND Institute

Designed for children of all ages from the Point Breeze community of Philadelphia, our programs provide access to education in visual arts, music, and language.

Our goal is to mold students into inventive adults, with the skills to perform as leaders in their community. The KIND Institute teaches students new ways to comprehend and retain knowledge.

What We Believe


We believe we can share knowledge inspiring nonviolent decisions (KIND) through arts education. We believe that all our students can live humanely. We believe that all young people can act as stewards for humankind, animals, and the planet.

What We Do


Through the arts, every student will gain the knowledge, passion, and creativity needed to make the world a better place.

To achieve that mission we opened an art gallery, started teaching art to the children of Point Breeze, organized fundraisers, hosted gallery showings, and even started an online gallery to help us sell art to fund our programs.

Why We Do It


As artists and humanitarians, we have been searching for ways in which we can bring the arts and social justice to Point Breeze, Philadelphia and the world around us. Simply put, we see a brighter tomorrow and it's beautiful.

When We Started


Since Autumn of 2013, our team began working together to help bring arts to the Point Breeze community.

Our KIND Programs


The KIND Institute offers classes for children of all ages.

The KIND Institute offers classes for children of all ages.

Art Programs For Children

Through our after school art programs, KIND makes art education more accessible for children throughout Philadelphia. From weekly classes to summer camp, our geared towards both children and families.

 
A jazz performance at The KIND Institute

A jazz performance at The KIND Institute

Workshops &  Private Events

We routinely host adult workshops, musical performances, and special events for groups and individuals from our community. Inquire below if you'd like to use our gorgeous gallery for your next event!

 
The KIND Institute offers a wide variety of fine arts.

The KIND Institute offers a wide variety of fine arts.

The KIND Gallery

We work with a community of Philadelphia artists who support our mission at The KIND Institute. In addition to contributing their work to our monthly gallery showings focused on social justice issues, these local artists make their fine art available for your collection. Artists agree to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each piece to The KIND Institute to help fund our arts programs.

Our TEAM


Ron Kustrup

Co-Founder of The KIND Institute

Co-Founder of The KIND Institute

Ron Kustrup teaches art at West Philadelphia High School and is a co-founder at The KIND Institute. An internationally recognized artist, he also donates his artwork as a resident artist for KIND.

Maria Pandolfi

Co-Founder of The KIND Institute

Co-Founder of The KIND Institute

Maria Pandolfi is an award-winning arts educator and a co-founder at The KIND Institute. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she is also a dedicated animal welfare and social justice advocate.

THE KIND Advisory Board


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Editor In Chief of The KIND Blog

Min Kim is the purveyor of all the good news KIND has to share with the world. Learn more about our organization, events, and resident artists by checking out our blog.

Min is also the point of contact for all press inquiries regarding The KIND Institute.

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Gallery Director & Exhibition Curator

Carrie Leibrand is a graphic designer, fine artist, and curator based in Philadelphia. Sharing her love and expertise in exhibit design with us at KIND, she organizes our exhibitions. 

Carrie also provides support at the Esther Klein Gallery and volunteers with the Philadelphia Mural Arts program.

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Strategic Operations Consultant

Kevin Taylor is the Principal Analyst and owner of Argyle Analytics, LLC, a strategic consultancy located in Point Breeze, Philadelphia.

Having been raised with an appreciation of the arts he is donating his time and skills as a strategic advisor for marketing and operations at KIND. He is passionate about keeping arts education accessible to the children in his neighborhood.

THE KIND Teachers


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Jacqui Powell

Painting & Mixed Media

Jacqui Powell is an artist living in Philadelphia.  Having graduated from The University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, Jacqui shares her talents and knowledge at KIND with classes available for children of all ages.

Our KIND Sponsors

Our Deepest Gratitude To Our Sponsors

We are lucky to have the support of our following sponsors. Without their generous support, The KIND Institute wouldn't be able to do what we do. From the bottom of our hearts, we extend our deepest thanks to the following sponsors for keeping art education accessible for the children of Philadelphia.

OCF Realty Ori Feibush has been a strong supporter of the redevelopment of the Point Breeze neighborhood. We would like to thank him and the generosity of the entire OCF Team. 

OCF Realty

Ori Feibush has been a strong supporter of the redevelopment of the Point Breeze neighborhood. We would like to thank him and the generosity of the entire OCF Team. 

South Philly Tap Room South Philly Tap Room is one of Philadelphia's most popular gastropubs and one of our most savory sponsors. SPTR routinely provides in-kind contributions of delectable refreshments for our events.

South Philly Tap Room

South Philly Tap Room is one of Philadelphia's most popular gastropubs and one of our most savory sponsors. SPTR routinely provides in-kind contributions of delectable refreshments for our events.

Vegan Chef Lanka Vegan Chef Lanka is one of the kindest people we know. Her cruelty-free delights have been featured at multiple KIND Institute events. We are grateful for her support of the arts and all creatures big and small.

Vegan Chef Lanka

Vegan Chef Lanka is one of the kindest people we know. Her cruelty-free delights have been featured at multiple KIND Institute events. We are grateful for her support of the arts and all creatures big and small.