Say Hello to the Center for Cultural Outreach

The Pennoni Honors College has always supported creative efforts in the Drexel community. Now it’s making that goal more official by combining several of the Honors College’s cultural outlets under one banner: the Center for Cultural Outreach. 

Jason Wilson will serve as director of the Center. Wilson has served as editor of The Smart Set, Drexel’s well-regarded online magazine, since 2007. He’s also an adjunct professor of writing at the University, and he created Drexel’s Art Attack, a partnership in which members of the Drexel community provide arts journalism for the Philadelphia Daily News. The program recently won an additional $80,000 in grant funding from the Knight Foundation/NEA’s Community Arts Journalism Challenge.

Along with Art Attack and The Smart Set, the Center is home to Table Matters, Drexel’s online food magazine; The Cultural Passport, which provides cultural information about Philadelphia to freshmen Drexel students; and The Honor Roll, the Pennoni newsletter that you are currently reading.

In addition to continuing to publish these sites and newsletters, the Center also intends to offer special events and courses, and collaborate with other departments at Drexel and Philadelphia cultural institutions.

“This new Center allows us to build on the success of our existing publications to create exciting and innovative cultural initiatives,” says Wilson. “Through a mix of professional and student-led projects, we reach several different audiences: on campus, in the city of Philadelphia and beyond. The Center reflects Drexel’s commitment not just to its own community, but also to the world at large.”