Board of Directors
David Castro-Diephouse, Interim President and Treasurer
Phyllis Schnell, Vice President
Sallie van Merkensteijn
WHO ARE WE?
Trinity Center for Urban Life (TCUL) is a non profit organization that provides a space for the community and responds to their needs by providing cultural events, educational opportunities, and neighborhood services.
We began as a group of concerned residents and members of Trinity Memorial Church to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the neighborhood’s beloved beacon of spiritual and community engagement. With renewed vision, TCUL undertook fundraising efforts and a capital campaign to cooperatively reopen the doors to Trinity Memorial Church as a center for arts, culture and education, and spiritual enrichment targeted toward the ever-changing and growing demographics of the surrounding area.
TCUL offers a wide variety of arts and cultural programs, educational opportunities and neighborhood activities. Revenue generated from rentals directly supports our programming and the maintenance of our buildings. Each rental helps us to remain an important resource in our community. The rooms, including the beautiful Great Hall, rebuilt after the catastrophic fire in 1994, can be rented for gatherings of all sorts, from large parties to intimate recitals. Fully movable seating means that the space can be configured and decorated for many different events. Concerts, receptions, weddings, meetings, workshops, conferences, and celebrations occupy these gracious buildings.
To engage, initiate and support community-led actions which enhance and promote the unique benefits of urban living in Center City Philadelphia and respond to its challenges. To support emerging art groups, and diverse, cultural community events by providing a venue at below-market rentals.
In 2023, we are expanding our board and reaching out to those with experience in the following areas:
Youth Education and Development
Law (General Counsel)
We invite our friends and neighbors who have a passion for the arts and our community to contact email@example.com for more information on becoming a member of our advisory board.