About WHYY Public Media Commons

The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY puts the power of media in the hands of anyone with a story to tell and helps all of us become more discerning media consumers. This ground-breaking new venture is named in honor of Mrs. Dorrance H. Hamilton, whose generous leadership gifts have helped move this project from idea to reality. With training programs for students and teachers, hands-on instruction for WHYY members with an interest in media and a facility that can host and record events for non-profits and business alike, Hamilton Commons opens new avenues of expression to the residents of the Philadelphia region.

The Public Media Commons is a physical embodiment of WHYY's commitment to community engagement. It serves as a hub of media literacy for the Philadelphia area, a gathering place for educators, a hands-on learning environment for students and a venue for performers and lecturers.

The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons is located at 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA


The three areas of the Hamilton Commons provide space and equipment to encourage creativity and learning using a wide variety of digital communication tools. These versatile facilities are also available for rental.

  • Lincoln Financial Digital Education Studio is a flexible presentation space equipped to easily record and distribute performances, demonstrations, lectures, professional development training and meetings.
  • Production classrooms and meeting space includes two classrooms with editing stations are places for teaching, innovation and experimentation. Audio and video production equipment with non-linear editing, sound mixing and professional production lighting will be available to students and staff along wtih additional editing and conference space.
  • The Portal is the Hamilton Commons' lobby and digital showcase center where visitors can view student work and enjoy changing exhibits on large-screen displays.

Thank You

Funding for the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons was generously provided by:

  • Dorrance H. Hamilton
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • Delaware River Port Authority
  • The Aramark Charitable Fund at the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
  • Arcadia Foundation
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Priscilla Brown
  • Kyra McGrath
  • Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation