Community Development & Economic Impact

Blog Post
Posted May 7, 2012
On Monday May 7th, Cultural Alliance President Tom Kaiden delivered budget testimony on the importance of arts and culture before Philadelphia's City Council. He made the case that the partnership between the civic leaders and the cultural community has been "crucial to Philadelphia’s renaissance, helping to lift our city from the brink of bankruptcy in the early 1990s. And today, as we cope with one of the most prolonged recessions in our nation’s history, arts and culture are at the heart of the city’s planning initiatives and economy."
Professional Development Event
Posted April 23, 2012

The Smithsonian Institution and the William Penn Foundation have each recently completed long-range plans that take on complex issues and acknowledge the critical need for collaboration and additional investments. Come hear from these organizations and the communications firm that has served them — as they talk about how to seek investors to support large-scale agendas, and about what they see before them in the rapidly changing world of nonprofit philanthropy.

Professional Development Event
Posted April 6, 2012
How do you tell the story of your organization online? Blogs, emails, and photos, are great, but nothing is as compelling to people as video. In this session, we’ll explore the principals of good storytelling, the tools and techniques for creating amazing amateur video, examples of successful nonprofit videos, and the tools and strategies that can help you share your creations.
Blog Post
Posted April 2, 2012
Forty-three percent of nonprofits expect to add new workers this year, but as the economy improves, charities also anticipate that they will face turnover as workers get better job offers elsewhere and more older employees decide to retire after putting off such ideas during the downturn.
Professional Development Event
Posted March 29, 2012

We all have areas of strengths and weaknesses; however, if we have no self-awareness and do not seek the proper training, we limit our ability to be effective messengers, which in turn can affect our (and our organization’s) credibility.   During this session we will explore ways you can write or speak your message more clearly.  Join the Catalyst Center and Esther Hughes of Sister's U for this informative session.  Due to the generous support of MileStone Bank, this session is being offered free of charge.  Space is limited.

Professional Development Event
Posted March 27, 2012

As we enter a new era driven by the rapid evolution of technology, museum operations and management will be forced to adapt while at the same time balancing traditional roles as collection and preservation institutions.

Professional Development Event
Posted March 12, 2012
Join us for this special Breakfast Club as we learn how two organizations involved in the Engage 2020 Innovation Grant Program addressed issues in audience development and implemented projects and evaluated success.
Blog Post
Posted March 5, 2012
From testimony presented by Cultural Alliance President Tom Kaiden to Philadelphia City Council's Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs on Monday, March 5th, 2012: "Cultural Alliance members are among the city’s most dedicated civic leaders, and commit their time and resources to programs that help tackle issues around blight, violence, recidivism, and neighborhood safety. But, perhaps there is no single issue that is as important to our community as education."
Professional Development Event
Posted March 5, 2012

Program planning is critical to the development of mission-driven programs that meet constituent needs, demonstrate impact through measurable outcomes and have sustainable marketing and funding strategies. This workshop presented by the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University will explore best practices in program design, development and implementation.

Blog Post
Posted February 23, 2012
With funding from the William Penn Foundation, leaders in Montgomery County are developing a plan to shape the cultural and economic future of their communities. Creative MontCo will research existing conditions, engage the public, and develop and implement a comprehensive cultural plan. The goals of the process include economic growth, new jobs, and the growth of the county’s creative sector.
Professional Development Event
Posted February 14, 2012
Do you represent a congregation looking to connect with the community in new ways and better use your space to support the arts? Are you an arts leader looking to find a home for offices, rehearsals, exhibits or performances and are also looking to increase your audience? Then join Partners for Sacred Places for a training and networking session to learn how you can develop an effective partnership.
Blog Post
Posted February 13, 2012
The list of consultants who would help Lansdale’s 311 West Main Street task force redevelop the vacant borough building is narrowing. And at the same time, the list of potential ways to rehabilitate that building is expanding. The task force’s members saw another set of preliminary plans for the building Tuesday night.
Blog Post
Posted February 10, 2012
The first broadcast from Philadelphia’s public access television station — Philly Community Access Media — went live this week, capping a 27-year battle to open the airwaves for everyday Philadelphians.
Blog Post
Posted February 7, 2012
This weekend, another flash mob is coming to Philadelphia -- this time as documentary theater. For three days, Thursday through Saturday, a West Philadelphia charter school is staging a play based on last year's random mob violence.
Professional Development Event
Posted February 6, 2012
Blog Post
Posted February 6, 2012
Delaware County is filled with artists and artistic treasures and boasts a diverse mix of culture, history and arts organizations. In 2009, it was decided to form an advocacy group for the arts in Delaware County and, 18 months ago, the Delaware County Arts Consortium (DCAC) was formed.
Professional Development Event
Posted January 26, 2012

 How can we make Philadelphia the best possible place to work, play, learn and live creatively? Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy invites you to join the conversation at our 2nd Annual Town Hall meeting on Thursday February 9th at WHYY from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Blog Post
Posted January 25, 2012
I was distressed to read my words misrepresented and applied negatively to the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program on the editorial page: "[W]e can't help thinking that the city is, to riff on a phrase from Councilwoman Blackwell, a little 'muraled-out.' "
Blog Post
Posted January 25, 2012
The 54 billboards featuring the photography of Zoe Strauss and promoting her show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are an inspiring public-arts project, and a welcome temporary addition to our city's streetscape. But it's not entirely clear why this welcome new addition should be seen as a contrast to our vital Mural Arts Program.
Blog Post
Posted January 24, 2012
An after-school music program in Philadelphia is trying to create better citizens, one musician at a time.
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