Hours of Operation

Hours vary according to event schedule.

The Rotunda

4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

For booking and general inquiries, please contact Gina Renzi, Executive Director, at gina@foundationarts.org, or 215-573-3234.

As a community gathering place for the promotion of arts and culture, The Rotunda seeks to bring together the Penn student community with the people of West Philadelphia and the greater Philadelphia area. We of The Foundation work from the belief that art is a catalyst for social change, and that arts events can lead to the formation of meaningful Penn-West Philadelphia/citywide partnerships.

The events presented here range from rock, electronic, jazz, and hip hop, to world fusion, ambient, punk, activist, spoken word, theater, panels, film, exhibits, dance, education, and various experimental forms of art and performance. National, touring acts often perform side by side with local artists, thereby strengthening Philadelphia's varied and historic music scenes.

Events are open to the public for free, with donations encouraged. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a valuable social alternative for young and older alike. In addition to public events, The Rotunda is used as a meeting, rehearsal, and workshop space for Penn student clubs as well as various West Philadelphia and citywide organizations.


Andrew’s Video Vault (2nd Thursdays;cCult classics, experimental films, new works)

Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (2nd Fridays; science fiction and fantasy in literature, the arts, and popular culture

Melange Theatre "Live" (2nd Sundays (except March 20); vast array of theatrical performances, including opera, puppet theater, dance, comedy, jazz, and more)

Gate to Moonbase Alpha (3 rd Fridays;eElectronic, ambient, and experimenal music, plus video and performance art)

Urban Writers Support Group (3rd Sundays (subject to change); peer support and critique; open to all writers; Av. Attendance: 10)

Holistic Moms Network (Final Wednesdays; holistic parenting)

The Gathering (Final Thursdays; hip hop/breakdance)

Linguistics (Final Saturdays; open mic)

Big Idea Promotions (Varies; wide array of rock music)

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