The CAPA Foundation will engage CAPA Alumni and Parents, Philadelphia Arts Community and Corporate Partners to provide sustained support to The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).


Heal The Cuts

The effort to create the CAPA Foundation is a response to a $1.1 million cut in the school’s operating budget as a result of the School District of Philadelphia budget crisis. The cuts have resulted in the loss of 19 teachers and staff since 2012, elimination of funding for clubs & extracurricular activities such as the all-school musical , and less than $37 a student for textbooks and classroom supplies. 


Ensure a Bright Future

CAPA students deserve a school equal to their talents and dedication. The school is starting to show its wear, as we approach the 20th year in the renovated historic Ridgeway Library. The CAPA Foundation intends to lead capital campaigns to ensure a modern, functioning theater, technology upgrades throughout the classrooms and library and improvements to the front lawn to better serve the students and connect the school to the Avenue of the Arts. 

The Roots Partnership

The creation of the CAPA Foundation comes from the generous support of Grammy award-winning band The Roots, led by CAPA alumni Ahmir Thompson (Questlove)  and Tariq Trotter (Black Thought). Thompson and Trotter began their collaboration at CAPA and first performed together at a school talent show.

The Roots partnership with the CAPA Foundation goes beyond financial support to start the organization and includes opportunities for students to perform on national stages, learn through internships the business side of show business and a master class series. In addition, Ahmir Thompson has agreed to sit on the CAPA Foundation board and support fundraising efforts.