Advocacy & Cultural Policy

Blog Post
Posted July 10, 2013

GroundSwell contributing members  who donate $25 or more have access to insider benefits and special perks throughout the year, including—for those who purchase before July 26th—four FREE tickets to see the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center on August 1st, 2013.

Press Release
Posted July 1, 2013

Philadelphia, PA – After 12 years with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the last 3 as President, Tom Kaiden will be stepping down at the end of July to accept a new position as the Chief Operating Officer of the Alexandria (Virginia) Conference & Visitors Association.

Blog Post
Posted July 1, 2013

Late in the day on Sunday, June 30th, Governor Tom Corbett signed a $28.4 billion budget for FY 2013-14 into law. The news for arts, culture and heritage is mixed—funding remained level for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a new line item was added for the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; but PHMC General Government Support was decreased, and we did not see any significant increases in new funding for arts and culture this year.

Blog Post
Posted June 25, 2013

It's been about six months since we first launched GroundSwell, and we're taking some time to reflect—and celebrate! In honor of our work so far and to say thanks for your support, we're inviting you and your friends to join us for happy hour in the 2013 PHS Pop-up Garden on July 25th from 5-8pm*. GroundSwell is all about community and highlighting the people, places and organizations improving quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region, so what better place to gather than a vacant lot that's been transformed into a beautiful beer garden? Click here for more info and to RSVP!

Blog Post
Posted June 25, 2013

The PA State Education budget has been cut by $900 million in the last two years, forcing public schools across the state to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including complete elimination of the already diminished art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our region.

Blog Post
Posted June 17, 2013

We've been advocating at the city level to save the School District of Philadelphia from extreme budget cuts, but the education crisis isn't limited to just the city. Time is running out for our public schools—send an email to your State legislators today.

Blog Post
Posted June 14, 2013

Marching band members of Northeast High School braved the rain to rally at City Hall this morning with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), playing a mix of patriotic and pep songs in the courtyard.

Blog Post
Posted June 6, 2013

On June 6th, GroundSwell and PCCY screened "Be A Superhero," Masterman senior and Clay Studio intern Samantha Ashok's claymation video demonstrating the importance of arts in schools, for City Councilmembers Wilson Goode, Jr. and Curtis Jones. DVD copies were also delivered to the other members of Council. Watch Samantha's video after the jump.

Blog Post
Posted June 6, 2013

We were at City Hall with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) again today for the latest in our ongoing series of actions to speak up in support of arts education and secure funding for Philadelphia public schools. As you know, The School District of Philadelphia has asked City Council to provide an additional $60 million to schools in next year's budget, and without this additional funding, Philadelphia public schools will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including eliminating art and music programs.

Press Release
Posted June 6, 2013

June 06, 2013, Philadelphia, PA – At 9:30 AM on June 6, students, parents and advocates gathered at City Council for a show of creativity in support of public education and keeping arts and music in Philadelphia schools, and to present Concilpersons Curtis Jones, Jr. and W. Wilson Goode, Jr. with Arts Education Superhero capes for their outspoken support for keeping arts and music education in Philadelphia’s public schools.

Blog Post
Posted June 3, 2013

The PA state education budget is in crisis, having been cut by $1 billion since 2010.  Locally, the cuts have financially distressed the School District of Philadelphia, which has asked City Council for an additional $60 million for next year’s budget. Without this additional funding, Philadelphia public schools will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including eliminating the art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our city. Let City Council know they need to find a way to fund our schools!

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

Arts Education Hero capes were presented to Councilpersons María Quiñones-Sánchez and Blondell Reynolds Brown, and students put on a singing performance.

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

The numbers are in, and we collected 752 books at our Center City drop-off point alone! Our partners at the Penn Museum, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art and the Office of Community and Public Affairs at Penn are still counting their books, but the numbers are looking good so far—we're ready to call this campaign a success!

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

GroundSwell volunteers joined the Friends of Clark Park on LOVE Your Park Spring Service Day for a morning of planting, mulching and raking to fortify and beautify Clark Park for the spring and summer seasons. 

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

We were able to spread the word about the GroundSwell mission to make the Philadelphia region a better place to live, work and play, and we also had a ton of great artists—from amateurs to pros—draw us a picture of what their Philadelphia looks like, then pose for pictures on our Philly-style stoop.  Here are a few of the results. You can find the rest in the GroundSwell at PIFA album on Facebook—and please don't forget to "like" the GroundSwell page!

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

In 1996, Spiral Q was formed as a street theater advocacy movement by and for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  Their unique ability to successfully use art to spark dialogues quickly caught the attention of other communities, and now Spiral Q annually organizes and engages nearly 5,000 individuals in hands-on art making in support of a variety of issues and goals, with the work reaching estimated audiences of nearly 30,000 people throughout Philadelphia and beyond.

Professional Development Event
Posted April 4, 2013

The Arts Relief Course of the BuildaBridge Institute is a one-day training course for creative artists, educators, and social service and community workers who want to serve in global areas of crisis.

Professional Development Event
Posted April 4, 2013

Discover restorative concepts and learn effective strategies for managing student behavior and teaching students to take responsibility for their actions.

Blog Post
Posted March 30, 2013

The first GroundSwell action campaign, a February musical instrument donation drive for Musicopia's Gift of Music program, was a huge success!

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