Advocacy & Cultural Policy

Professional Development Event
Posted January 11, 2013
Staff, board members, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations are welcome to attend this free, introductory overview of the basics of grantsmanship research and RFC resources.
Professional Development Event
Posted January 10, 2013
Join us for a speaker event and panel discussion on the challenges faced by daily newspspers and traditional media outlets local coverage of arts and culture. Where are consumers going to make decisions on how to spend their cultural dollars? Is there a shift away from qualified criticism and how does that affect artistic product?
Blog Post
Posted December 9, 2012
On December 3, the Cultural Alliance—along with many of its member organizations as well as several business and civic leaders—testified at a Philadelphia City Council committee hearing on the enormous impact the cultural sector has on the city's economy.
Blog Post
Posted November 21, 2012
Rocco Landesman confirmed his plans to step down as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts at the end of the calendar year.
Blog Post
Posted November 14, 2012
On November 14 the Pennsylvania General Assembly's Legislative Budget & Finance Committee released its report on state funding of museums, which had been commissioned in June by a resolution in the Senate (SR-268).
Blog Post
Posted November 14, 2012
The election is finally over, just in time for all of us to head home and argue about it around the Thanksgiving dinner table. To help bridge the ideological divide, the Cultural Alliance presents a nonpartisan rundown of the major races and their implications for the cultural community.
Blog Post
Posted November 5, 2012
On November 6th, America goes to the polls! Mark your calendar and make sure you vote in this important election. In Pennsylvania, the polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM and we will be voting for candidates for a number of important offices:
Professional Development Event
Posted October 22, 2012
Join us for a special briefing on "Capitalizing Change," the William Penn Foundation's new strategic plan. Jeremy Nowak, President of the William Penn Foundation, will share the new plan and its impacts on the arts and cultural community. There will be time after the presentation for questions.
Blog Post
Posted October 12, 2012
It’s about more than just Big Bird. With the general election only three weeks away, we take a look at where the two leading candidates really stand on issues relating to arts and culture. Who will increase cultural funding and who will cut? The differences between the candidates are clear. Know your candidate’s positions before heading to the polls on November 6.
Blog Post
Posted October 2, 2012
Voters in Pennsylvania will not need an ID to vote this November 6th. A Commonwealth Court judge issued a partial injunction that allows residents without an ID to vote in the upcoming election. Poll workers will still ask for a photo ID, but you will not need one to vote.
Blog Post
Posted September 24, 2012
The arts and cultural sector in Philadelphia, Pa., has a $3.3 billion impact on the region’s economy, employing 44,000 jobs and is outperforming the nation as a whole, according to research published by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Blog Post
Posted September 24, 2012
Arts and cultural organizations have a multibillion-dollar impact on the Philadelphia region's economy, and are among the nation's most productive in creation of jobs and stirring up economic activity. Only those in the Washington area generate more per-capita expenditures, and in terms of jobs, no region comes close to Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Blog Post
Posted September 20, 2012
The latest data showing arts and culture spending in the Philadelphia region provides a multibillion-dollar boost to the local economy follows other recent surveys that prove supporting the arts is a sound public investment. With detailed findings to be unveiled Monday, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance report should be the impetus for renewing the push toward more predictable funding for Philadelphia-area arts troupes, museums, parks, and the like. That has long been a dream.
Blog Post
Posted August 20, 2012
Since 1970, The Philadelphia Dance Company has been on the move. The chair of PHILADANCO’s Board of Directors, Angela Brown, says founder Joan Myers Brown, no relation, has produced some of the best dancers in the world. But the road to international acclaim and success has not been easy.
Professional Development Event
Posted August 15, 2012
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 Monday, September 24th.
Blog Post
Posted August 15, 2012
Pennsylvania's controversial voter-ID law is quickly making its way through the courts and gaining national attention. With another close presidential election ahead, Pennsylvania is an important swing state. Regardless of how the state's Supreme Court decides, make sure you have the necessary ID to vote this November.
Professional Development Event
Posted August 13, 2012
We are pleased to announce the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Conference will be held in partnership with the National Constitution Center during their year-long series of events celebrating the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.
Blog Post
Posted July 27, 2012
Overcoming enervating heat, more tourists and conventioneers are traipsing to Philadelphia museums and sites this summer than last, more are attending major exhibitions, and more are staying overnight in hotels, according to tourism officials and spot checks at key institutions.
Blog Post
Posted July 17, 2012
On Saturday, June 30th, with only minutes to spare before the end of the fiscal year, Governor Corbett fulfilled his pledge with another budget passed (mostly) on time. The Cultural Alliance was relieved to learn that cultural line items had either been level funded or modestly increased, despite another year of difficult cuts and budget austerity. Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Zoos saw funding remain level, and tourism and the Historical and Museums Commissions were increased. For a full run-down of culture-related line items and how they fared in the FY 2012-13 budget, click here.
Blog Post
Posted July 11, 2012
Pennsylvania will soon offer a new sweetener to attract developers to blighted communities: a tax credit for restoring historic buildings.
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