Arts Education

Blog Post
Posted August 9, 2013

On August 8, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. called a press conference to warn that schools will be unable to open on time without assurances of an additional $50 million from the city.

Blog Post
Posted August 7, 2013

The Dream Flag Project is an art and community-building program which originated in Bryn Mawr in 2003. Students in grades K-12 from across the globe are invited to participate by first studying the dream poetry of Langston Hughes, and then writing their own dream poems on decorated cloth swatches. Strung together and publicly displayed, the dreams are intended to send a message of hope, and highlight the shared dreams and aspirations of our youth.

Blog Post
Posted August 5, 2013

GroundSwell received a nice piece of mail this morning—a thank you note from Musicopia for the donations collected during our musical instrument drive in February!

Blog Post
Posted July 30, 2013

Public Citzens for Children and Youth (PCCY) is circulating a call for Philadelphia public education supporters to send a collective thank you letter to Dr. William J. Hite, Jr., and the School Reform Commission for restoring instrumental music programs in Philly public schools.

Blog Post
Posted July 26, 2013

Our August action campaign is in partnership with The Spaces Between Your Fingers project.  SBYF helps people of all ages author and preserve their memories through postcards as a creative, artistic way to symbolically combat the memory-loss of Alzheimer's and dementia. Cards are then archived in the SBYF "memory vault" at the Free Library of Philadelphia so the memories will never be lost.

Press Release
Posted July 24, 2013

It's been six months since the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance first launched GroundSwell. In honor of their work so far and to say thanks to supporters, GroundSwell is inviting the public to a summer happy hour in the 2013 PHS Pop-up Garden on Broad Street.

Blog Post
Posted July 23, 2013

The Space Between Your Fingers project is a group of young writers and artists who work with seniors (primarily those living with Alzheimer's and dementia) to record their most cherished memories on postcards.* Copies of the postcards are sent to their children and grandkids, and also archived in a "memory vault" at the Free Library of Philadelphia to ensure that they'll never be lost.

Blog Post
Posted July 15, 2013

The Arts Action Fund wants you to share why you love the arts!

Blog Post
Posted July 12, 2013

Remember our Philadelphia READS Community Night event in partnership with the Penn Museum? Well, we just found out two of the literacy organizations who attended, Tree House Books and First Book Philadelphia, made plans to join forces that very night!

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

In 2001, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education launched an Environmental Art Department to connect vistors with thought-provoking environmental artwork as they experience the Center's 340 acres of preserved land. "We use our forests and fields as a living laboratory to foster appreciation, deepen understanding and encourage stewardship of the environment. Our art department is an inherent part of that process, allowing visitors diverse ways to experience and learn from nature," says Director of Environmental Art Jenny Laden.  Since it was formed, the Environmental Art Department has showcased over 300 artists through a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibitions.

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.

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