Community Development & Economic Impact

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.
Blog Post
Posted December 22, 2011
Pennsylvania's General Assembly has voted to borrow $1.67 billion more to fund prisons, roads, railroads, bridges, and other public projects. The deal includes $270 million for "redevelopment assistance" for private developers' projects, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
Blog Post
Posted December 15, 2011
Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program has leased new space in the Gallery at Market East, creating a place for the public to explore what the world’s largest public art program has to offer.
Blog Post
Posted December 13, 2011
Philadelphia has been crowned first in the nation for cultural tourism by the readers of Travel+Leisure Magazine. This creative vitality didn't blossom out of thin air. It was the result of a long-term commitment to arts and culture. That investment has been a crucial part of the revitalization of Center City and of downtowns throughout the region. It has made this a better place to live and work, provided critical educational opportunities for our children, and generated more than $150 million annually for city, county, and municipal governments. It's in this context that the budget proposed for Montgomery County is so troubling. Higher education and culture have been disproportionately targeted, accounting for nearly a quarter of the $41 million in proposed cuts. This region could see a real payoff from a regional cultural fund, but we also need to protect the investments we have already made. --Tom Kaiden, president, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Philadelphia
Blog Post
Posted December 13, 2011
Philadelphia has been crowned first in the nation for cultural tourism by the readers of Travel+Leisure Magazine. This creative vitality was the result of a long-term commitment to arts and culture. That investment has been a crucial part of the revitalization of Center City and of downtowns throughout the region. It has made this a better place to live and work, provided critical educational opportunities for our children, and generated more than $150 million annually for city, county, and municipal governments. It's in this context that the budget proposed for Montgomery County is so troubling.
Blog Post
Posted December 13, 2011
Phillies Charities awarded more than $1.23 million in grants to the groups in attendance. Among the organizations honored Monday night were Fairmount Park Conservancy and The Mural Arts Program.
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