Community Development & Economic Impact

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.
Blog Post
Posted December 12, 2011
A new theater is coming to downtown Norristown next fall. The professional stage company Theatre Horizon plans to open a 120-seat house of its own, a $900,000 project being funded by private donors and audience members, plus Norristown and Montgomery County.
Blog Post
Posted December 12, 2011
Along the west side of Broad Street, on a once-fabled block, the neon beer signs lighting the storefront deli window draw regular traffic. The shuttered Uptown Theater next door, where James Brown once shimmied, Diana Ross cooed, and live bands battled, also, finally, shows signs of life: construction fence, hard-hatted workers, squealing power tools. And come Christmas Eve, there is hope the grand marquee, dark for decades, will shine again.
Blog Post
Posted December 12, 2011
Buildings crumble and die virtually daily, and some are so important to the people of the city that their loss is a source of great pain. But historic preservation is usually debated around issues of aesthetics and architectural history, not tattered holes in the community or the cultural fabric. This year, however, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is making an important shift in its ninth annual Endangered Properties List.
Professional Development Event
Posted December 8, 2011
This webinar will provide a detailed walk through to the pARTnership Movement website, filled with local examples of how to use the various elements, including talking points on how the arts can help businesses. Speakers TBD.
Blog Post
Posted December 7, 2011
After their youngest child finished high school in June, destined for college, Janice and John Potts lost no time bolting from New Jersey. By the end of July, the longtime Haddonfield residents were cheerfully ensconced in a three-bedroom rowhouse near Philadelphia's Washington Square.
Blog Post
Posted December 5, 2011
“I have found that the broken spaces are my living canvas,” Yeh says. “In our brokenness, our hearts reach for beauty.” Lily Yeh was home in Philadelphia, between planes – back from Palestine, en route to Taiwan – and yet she was practically bubbling over.
Blog Post
Posted December 5, 2011
The Montgomery County Commissioners have released their FY2012 budget and it eliminates funding for the Department of Parks and Heritage Services, the Planning Commission, the Elmwood Park Zoo, and the Montgomery County/Norristown Library. It also reduces funding for the Montgomery County Community College.
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