Advocacy & Cultural Policy

Blog Post
Posted December 10, 2014
Phillyfunguide.com and GroundSwell are partnering on a special promotion for this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 19th, 2015!
Blog Post
Posted December 4, 2014
In 2013 we asked our GroundSwell advocates to rally behind the medicaid expansion and urge Governor Corbett to take the Federal medicaid expansion. This week Governor Corbett's alternative medicaid plan began open enrollment.
Blog Post
Posted November 7, 2014
The Cultural Alliance has partnered with the Mayor's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) to provide city employees access to Funsavers half-price discounted tickets. City employees will receive offers in their monthly city newsletter, and offers will be promoted on OACCE's website at creativephl.org/funsavers.
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Posted November 6, 2014
On Tuesday, November 4, Pennsylvanians elected Tom Wolf to serve as the 47th governor of Pennsylvania. The Cultural Alliance has had a great relationship with the Corbett Administration, especially Mrs. Corbett who serves as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and we look forward to working with the Wolf Administration during the transition period and when he takes office in January.
Blog Post
Posted November 3, 2014
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4th, is Election Day! Make a plan to get out and vote between 7am – 8pm. Your vote can make a big difference in Pennsylvania - Be there on Election Day!
Blog Post
Posted October 29, 2014
On October 28, the GroundSwell team joined members of the cultural community at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for a Listening Tour hosted by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. We discussed the impact of arts and culture on the City of Philadelphia, and what the next Mayor and City Council need to do to ensure that our community continues to thrive.
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Posted September 29, 2014
Tonight at 7pm the gubernatorial candidates will square off in their last debate in Pittsburgh. The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is working to ensure that the debate will include questions relating to arts and culture, and we are continuing to encourage the candidates to develop cultural policy agendas.
Blog Post
Posted September 23, 2014
The Cultural Alliance has been working with cultural agencies from around the state to ensure that arts and culture is part of the discussion during the gubernatorial campaign.
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Posted August 8, 2014
Join your colleagues, supporters of the arts and cultural sector and the board and staff of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for our Annual Member Meeting & Reception on October 20, 2014. This year's meeting will be held at The Franklin Institute and will feature the release of our 2014 Portfolio report, generously supported by PNC.
Blog Post
Posted August 4, 2014
This fall the gubernatorial candidates will participate in three debates throughout the Commonwealth and we are working to ensure that arts, culture and other quality of life issues are included in the discussion.
Blog Post
Posted July 31, 2014
On Wednesday, July 16, First Lady Michelle Obama gave the keynote address at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award luncheon and made one thing clear: arts education must be a top priority in our schools.
Blog Post
Posted July 30, 2014
Did you know? August 9-16 is Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week 2014!
Blog Post
Posted July 14, 2014
Budget season is in full swing in the U.S. Capitol and while there were many wins for arts and culture at the City and State levels, there have been significant cuts proposed for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Blog Post
Posted July 13, 2014
This year's budget process has been quite the roller coaster, and with all of the back and forth it has been hard to keep up, so we are here to break down exactly how the city, state and national budgets will impact arts and culture in the coming year.
Blog Post
Posted July 11, 2014
Come have a drink with the GroundSwell team at The PHS Pop-Up Garden. Enjoy an evening in the garden with other members of the community as we celebrate arts and culture. Summer in the city has never looked better!
Blog Post
Posted July 10, 2014
For the first-ever Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day on April 22, we asked arts and culture supporters to tweet messages at City Council President Darrell Clarke calling for increased funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. The #RestoreArtsFundingPHL campaign resulted in 1,500 tweets reaching over 400,000 people on Twitter, and after nearly two more months of continued advocacy work both online and at City Hall, on June 19 City Council passed an amended FY2015 budget that includes a $1.3 million increase for the PCF grant program.
Blog Post
Posted July 10, 2014
Enroll America, a non-profit focusing on maximizing the number of Americans enrolled in health coverage, has taken a specific interest in working with artists and cultural freelancers to help them sign up for health coverage. If you are looking for information about health insurance please read the information below.
Blog Post
Posted June 20, 2014
After many months of advocating to restore the Philadelphia Cultural Fund's (PCF) budget,City Council approved a $1.3 million increase for PCF's grant program in the FY2015 budget!
Blog Post
Posted June 10, 2014
This month the Pennsylvania General Assembly will work to create and adopt the Pennsylvania General Fund Budget for FY2015.
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