Advocacy & Cultural Policy

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.
Blog Post
Posted June 10, 2014
On Thursday, June 5th, GroundSwell joined Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) and arts education advocates as they traveled to City Hall and Governor Corbett's Philadelphia office to express their concern for the state of arts education in Philadelphia.
Blog Post
Posted June 6, 2014
BuildaBridge and The Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy are presenting an exhibit at City Hall that helps define what makes a city "Hopeful."
Blog Post
Posted June 2, 2014
Join Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) on June 5th as they head to City Hall to express their concern with arts education in the School District of Philadelphia.
Blog Post
Posted May 29, 2014
Every Wednesday this June, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Brandywine Realty Trust will air a Hollywood blockbuster to make a big statement about the big screen.
Press Release
Posted May 19, 2014
Philadelphia—May 15, 2014—The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance releases the democratic gubernatorial candidates’ positions on issues relating to arts and culture.
Blog Post
Posted May 15, 2014
Since February, GroundSwell and the Cultural Alliance have been working with the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) to restore PCF's budget to $3.2 million. We need your help to keep the momentum going! Nearly 200 arts supporters have already emailed their City Councilperson to support restored funding for PCF. What are you waiting for?
Blog Post
Posted May 15, 2014
Election season is in full swing and with the gubernatorial primary just five days away, we at the Cultural Alliance wanted to know each of the Democratic candidates' positions on some of the major issues facing the cultural sector in Pennsylvania.
Blog Post
Posted May 15, 2014
Tom Wolf provides answers to seven questions regarding arts and culture:
Blog Post
Posted May 15, 2014
Rob McCord provides answers to seven questions regarding arts and culture:
Blog Post
Posted May 15, 2014
Allyson Schwartz provides answers to seven questions regarding arts and culture:
Blog Post
Posted May 13, 2014
In a press conference at City Hall this morning, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the appointment of Helen Haynes as Chief Cultural Officer in the City's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE). Haynes joins OACCE from her current position as Director of Cultural Affairs at Montgomery County Community College. Her background also includes teaching and arts advocacy work, as well as 30 years of experience as an arts administrator, presenter, and visual artist.
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