Advocacy & Cultural Policy

Blog Post
Posted April 16, 2015
It's election season and we're bringing you the mayoral candidates on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 5:45 -7:30pm in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The candidates will address the role parks and arts play in the City of Philadelphia and how our sectors enhance the economy, environment and the quality of life of our residents. Registration for the event will open up at 5pm.
Blog Post
Posted April 15, 2015
Ahead of our Mayoral Forum on Arts & Parks on Wednesday, April 22, on April 15 GroundSwell, Philadelphia Parks Alliance and Generocity partnered on an #ArtsParksChat to generate public discussion around these quality-of-life issues and the Mayor's role in strengthening both sectors.
Blog Post
Posted April 13, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, GroundSwell, the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, and Generocity are co-hosting the Arts & Parks Mayoral Forum at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Mayor plays a critical role in supporting arts & culture and parks & recreation, and we want to know where the candidates stand on the issues that our sectors face.
Blog Post
Posted April 13, 2015
On Thursday, April 9 at the National Constitution Center, Public Citizens for Children & Youth (PCCY) presented School Play, a documentary-based live theatre piece aimed at raising awareness about the urgency of addressing Pennsylvania's public education system. Now, the play is available to anyone who wishes to present it, and GroundSwell is partnering with PCCY to help them meet their goal of having performances in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties during the state budget process this spring. The piece can be performed in whole or in part, by community groups, professional theatre troupes, friends, neighbors, and anyone in between.
Blog Post
Posted April 13, 2015
It is the season for advocacy! On Tuesday, May 12, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network will host PA Arts & Culture Legislative Visits Day. GroundSwell wants to take 50 arts advocates from Southeastern Pennsylvania to Harrisburg to meet with their elected officials and discuss the importance of arts education in the Commonwealth.
Blog Post
Posted April 8, 2015
On Tuesday, April 7, the Cultural Alliance's GroundSwell grassroots advocacy and community engagement program held the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day to demonstrate against the Mayor's proposed FY16 budget cuts to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Hundreds of arts and culture supporters showed up at City Hall, emailed City Council, and tweeted messages to #SavePHLArts.
Blog Post
Posted April 8, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, GroundSwell, Philadelphia Parks Alliance and Generocity are co-hosting the Arts & Parks Mayoral Forum at the Free Library of Philadelphia. But before we hear from the candidates, we want to give you a chance to give your input on the arts & culture and parks issues facing the City of Philadelphia, and what we need from the next Mayor.
Blog Post
Posted April 1, 2015
The Mayor's proposed FY 2016 budget cuts the Philadelphia Cultural Fund's budget by 40%, slashing it back down to $1.84 million. We need your help to save the Cultural Fund's budget for FY 2016!
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!
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