On a recent weekday afternoon the music coming out of the third floor of St. Michael's Church in North Philadelphia would have surprised the Sunday congregation. A group of middle school students wailed away on electric guitar, drums and keyboard while a young lead singer belted out a rendition of Kiss' Rock And Roll All Nite that would have made Gene Simmons proud.
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A new community mural at 310 W. Chelten Ave., which is currently the site of a Christian bookstore, is one step closer to a design after two community art-making days this past week. The meetups at 5534 Pulaski Ave., just around the corner from the future mural, yielded few visitors, though.
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It rises 16 feet in the air, stretching toward the skylighted ceiling of the studio in Old Tarble Hall on the Swarthmore College campus.
It is black and creepy. Skeletal fingers reach out toward anyone passing by. Beheaded bodies rise from the top and disembodied arms float near the center. A foot-long scalpel thrusts out, arming a confident Dr. Samuel Gross, the same Samuel Gross memorialized in Thomas Eakins' great 1875 painting, The Gross Clinic.
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This webinar is one of a seven part series as AFTA rolls out a toolkit for the field of Arts Education that will illuminate ways to navigate the complex web of citizens, policy-makers, government entities, and organizations that influence arts education from the schoolhouse to the White House and from the kitchen table to the Boardroom.
If not, it should. The New Normal isn't just "learning to do more with less." It's also about rapidly changing demographics: a huge increase in the number of Americans over the age of 65; a switch from majority-minority America to one that is increasingly multiethnic; and a swelling digital generation with different world views. The New Normal isn't just our present—it’s our future, too. And in this not-so-distant future our communities will look vastly different
How is your arts organization adapting to these changes? Is your work vital to the economy and cultural life of your community now—and in the future?
Find answers to these questions during the best professional development opportunity of the year—the 2012 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention—taking place June 8–10, 2012 in San Antonio, TX. Join more than 1,100 arts and community leaders as we discover how the arts can function, change, and thrive in The New Normal.
What better way to open the 2012 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention than with keynote speaker Luis A. Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation? As the second largest philanthropic organization in the United States, the Ford Foundation awards $500 million in annual giving.
Since becoming president in 2008, Ubiñas has focused Ford’s grantmaking on increasing the participation of poor and marginalized individuals and communities in the economic, social, and political opportunities afforded by their society. That effort is being enhanced by exploring how new technology and social media can reshape the way nonprofits deliver results for those they serve.
Just for public art professionals and emerging leaders!
Plan to come early to San Antonio for preconferences June 7–8 for the Public Art Preconference and the Emerging Leaders Preconference, sponsored by American Express.
San Antonio is the ideal backdrop to connect with your peers and see firsthand how arts and culture can shape a community. From the city’s River Walk and historic museums to its embrace of the visual arts and ethnic diversity, you will see how the artistic practices and traditions of the past can merge with—and help redefine—the present and future.
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.
In this article, the tax increase and the deficit-cutting methods, the two ideas proposed by Montgomery County Commissioners Matthews and Castor respectively, are explained with a closer look at the potential County service losses and tax fees associated with each solution.
In the tax increase plan, residents would individually pay $130 in additional taxes, which, according to Commission Matthews would remain the lowest in the region. In the cost-cutting method, the Department of Parks and Heritage Services, the Planning Commission, the Elmwood Park Zoo, and the Montgomery County/Norristown Library would be eliminated. In this method funding would also be reduced for the Montgomery County Community College.
The Commissioners are asking for residents to let them know which solution would be most desired.
This article focuses on the impact the cuts proposed in the Montgomery County Commissioners’ preliminary budget will have on County employees, stating number of jobs lost by termination and attrition as well as the fact that the plan proposes a third year of no salary increases for the remaining workers.
More information is given here about the process behind preparing this cost-cutting only budget (according to Phillyburbs.com, the senior staff was charged with presenting a budget to the Commissioners that had no tax increases but that also showed a cash balance of $24.5 million) as well as a few additional options for dealing with the deficit such as depleting the County’s cash reserve and adding more payless furlough days.
NOTE: A public hearing on the preliminary budget will be held at 10am on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Final adoption of the 2012 budget is scheduled for December 21, 2011.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
COURT HOUSE, NORRISTOWN, PA., BOX 311, 19404-0311
PHONE (610) 278-3061 FAX 278-5943
COMMISSIONERS: JAMES R. MATTHEWS, Chairman, JOSEPH M. HOEFFEL, Vice Chairman, BRUCE CASTOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATELY 11/30/11 PR#41-11
Montgomery County Commissioners Introduce No Tax Increase Budget for 2012
NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County unveiled a $389.33 million budget for 2012 Wednesday that calls for no tax increase that would, if adopted, include drastic cuts to numerous programs and services.
The proposed budget would maintain taxes at the same level for the fifth year in a row, still five percent less than what homeowners were paying on the county portion of their real estate taxes in 2002.
It would also slash spending for a fourth year in a row, but it would eliminate some departments entirely, cut spending in almost all others, resulting in hundreds of layoffs, and reduce or eliminate funding to numerous agencies that provide services to County residents.
The proposed budget, as introduced, is merely a starting point for purposes of discussion. A public hearing on it is scheduled for the Commissioners next meeting on December 7th at 10 a.m. and a final adoption vote is scheduled for December 21st at 10 a.m.
The proposed budget would eliminate $2.3 million in funding for the Montgomery County/Norristown Library and reduce the Montgomery County Community College’s funding by $2.5 million.
It also calls for eliminating the County Parks and Heritage Services and Planning departments entirely for a combined $7.7 million reduction in expenditures and reducing the Court House Security and Sheriff’s departments budgets by $1 million and providing no pay increase for County employees for the third year in a row.
Under the proposed budget, the owner of a home assessed at the county average of $168,850 would continue to pay $455.05 for the county portion of their real estate taxes next year.
The tax rate for the County portion of residents’ real estate taxes will remain 2.695 mills. A mill is $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.
Taxes are lower in Montgomery County for properties of equal market value than in any of the neighboring counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and among the lowest in the state.
Residents of Montgomery County pay $156 in county taxes on their properties for every $100,000 in market value. That compares to $221 per $100,000 in market value for Chester County, $247 in Bucks County and $350 in Delaware County.
The proposed budget and details of the proposed spending reductions, as well as a place to leave your comments, are available on the County’s Web site HERE.
Oranit Solomonov flipped through her sketchbook, pausing to smooth out a page with a colorful airplane before moving on to a jaguar, a figure labeled "Hercules" and another unlabeled portrait. The 44-year-old giggled to herself -- it was a drawing of Michael, she explained, another client at Oasis, a nonprofit that offers art- and life-skills programs for people with mental disabilities.
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Four Chester County elementary-school students were among 21 students statewide who won division awards in PennDot's aviation art contest, which was themed “Aviation’s Value to My Community.”
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One of the world's rarest and most valuable books is out of the vault and on public view as part of an unusual daily ritual at the nation's oldest natural history museum. Every weekday at 3:15 p.m., a white-gloved staff member of the Academy of Natural Sciences lifts the locked protective cover from 19th century naturalist John James Audubon's influential book, "The Birds of America," and turns a large linen-backed page to reveal the bird of the day.
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