Community Development & Economic Impact

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.
Blog Post
Posted January 20, 2012
In the past 27 years, we have helped to show the dramatic impact that public art can have on neighborhoods, and we have demonstrated that Philadelphians across class, race and ethnicity want both beauty and artistic stimulation in their communities.
Professional Development Event
Posted January 17, 2012
Blog Post
Posted January 11, 2012
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the finalists for the second year of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia. The 55 finalists – which include individual artists, artist collectives, community groups, music organizations and theater companies – offered a wide array of innovative ideas, rising above a field of 1,267 applicants.
Blog Post
Posted January 4, 2012
The PCA and its long-running grant program, which helps to fund hundreds of arts-related programs around the state, have been under fire in the state Legislature the past two years.
Blog Post
Posted December 23, 2011
Montgomery County has passed a $417 million budget for 2012 that will raise taxes by nearly 17 percent - the first hike in a decade - while saving the parks and public planning departments from proposed elimination and most others from evisceration.
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