Advocacy & Cultural Policy

Blog Post
Posted March 26, 2015
Mayor Nutter's proposed FY16 budget cuts funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, appropriating only $1.84 million. This represents an almost 40% decrease from the Cultural Fund's FY15 budget, slashing the PCF budget by $1.3 million, back to the level arts & culture advocates successfully restored it from last year. On April 7, Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day, we need your support in asking City Council to make sure this drastic cut does not make the final budget.
Blog Post
Posted March 25, 2015
On Tuesday, March 24th, GroundSwell and Artistic Rebuttal Project partnered with the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy to host Go Forth by Phone, a phone bank for arts advocates who were unable to attend National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.
Blog Post
Posted March 16, 2015
Now that President Obama, Governor Wolf and Mayor Nutter have presented their proposed budgets to the legislatures, we know where our cultural line items are starting off in the budget process. With at least another four months of budget negotiations before the legislatures and City Council, many of these recommendations may change. The Cultural Alliance and our partners across the country, state and city will continue to advocate for adequate funding and culture-friendly policies that will allow our cultural communities to continue to thrive.
Blog Post
Posted March 9, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 5:15-7:30 at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, GroundSwell, a program of the Cultural Alliance and the Parks Alliance will co-host a Mayoral Forum on issues relating to arts, culture, parks, recreation and other quality of life issues.
Blog Post
Posted March 9, 2015
On Tuesday, March 24, hundreds of arts & culture advocates will descend on Washington, DC to join in National Arts Advocacy Day. Can't make the trip? Join GroundSwell and Artistic Rebuttal Project for our second annual phone bank at the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy at City Hall.
Blog Post
Posted February 16, 2015
Led by a coalition of advocacy organizations, including the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, a cohort of arts and culture leaders from across the Commonwealth submitted an arts and culture policy agenda to the Department of Community and Economic Development, intended to guide policy decisions over the next four years.
Blog Post
Posted February 6, 2015
On Wednesday, February 4, Philly.com published an opinion piece by Robert W. Patterson critiquing Philadelphia's investment in the arts and culture sector. Today, we are pleased to report that they have published a short response from our President, Maud Lyon--but, we had more to say. Read below for Maud's full response to the issues brought forth in Mr. Patterson's article, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter @philaculture.
Blog Post
Posted February 5, 2015
In the release of his FY2016 federal budget request on Monday, President Obama has proposed a $2 million increase for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Blog Post
Posted January 15, 2015
During the inauguration for Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday, January 20, the Wolf Inaugural Committee will present an exhibition of artwork to showcase the state's creative talents.
Blog Post
Posted January 14, 2015
Thank you to everyone who participated in today's #MLKDayChat on Twitter, especially our partner who came to us with the idea, Generocity!
Blog Post
Posted January 14, 2015
Each year, the Nonprofit Finance Fund organizes a State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey to collect information on financial health, program demand, and challenges. This year, we'd like to see all of our Cultural Alliance members participate!
Blog Post
Posted December 29, 2014
2014 was a busy one for us. Looking back, here are some of our favorite moments!
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.
Blog Post
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.
Blog Post
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.
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