Cultural Engagement

Blog Post
Posted March 31, 2015
Jackie Goldfinger is a Barrymore Award-winning playwright, she has tackled many controversial topics in her productions and recently co-founded The Foundry, a playwriting lab that fosters support for emerging Philadelphia playwrights. Read more to learn how Jackie got her start in the arts, who she considers the most influential women in arts and culture, and why audiences sometimes have a tough time digesting some of her work.
Blog Post
Posted March 26, 2015
This week, GroundSwell had the chance to interview Tierra Rich, Teaching Artist and Poet at Painted Bride Art Center and Memphis Academy. Read more to learn how Tierra got involved in the arts, why she loves the arts in Philadelphia, and her advice to girls looking to pursue a career in the arts.
Blog Post
Posted March 19, 2015
Hosted by Mural Arts, Moore College, and Next City, “Collectivity in the City” gave Philadelphia a chance to better understand artists’ connection to neighborhoods and the people who call them home
Blog Post
Posted March 13, 2015
This week, GroundSwell interviewed Diane Foglizzo, Program Director of Girls Rock Philly, a volunteer run arts organization. Girls Rock Philly is dedicated to empowering girls and young women from the greater Philadelphia region through music education and activities that foster leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Read more to learn how Diane got involved with Girls Rock Philly, why she loves the arts in Philadelphia, and her advice to girls looking to pursue a career in the arts.
Blog Post
Posted March 12, 2015
Last fall, the Cultural Alliance's GroundSwell team and Engagement Studios embarked on a journey to make a short video to highlight the GroundSwell movement.
Blog Post
Posted March 6, 2015
Walking into the Leeway Foundation’s new exhibit RELEASE, it’s hard not to notice that you are surrounded by faces. From the large paintings of artist Mary DeWitt to the campaign ephemera curated by Mariame Kaba and Rachel Caidor, the show’s project is clear: to bring women and trans* peoples’ narratives of incarceration and state-sponsored violence out of the shadows.
Blog Post
Posted March 2, 2015
March is National Women’s History Month and to celebrate, GroundSwell will be honoring the many women doing tremendous work in the cultural sector. Each week we will interview a woman who has dedicated her life to the arts in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Feel free to share your stories with us or tell us about someone who is changing the landscape of arts in the city!
Blog Post
Posted February 25, 2015
In anticipation of Next City’s event “Collectivity in the City” on March 16th, we’re highlighting the amazing art-as-social practice work of Amber Art and Design.
Blog Post
Posted February 20, 2015
It may be bitterly cold, but the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s announcement of the Performances in Public Spaces program this week was an early sign that spring is indeed on its way! The inaugural grantees for this exciting new program Recipients will receive funds to cover all costs associated with presenting performances in select parks and plazas across the city. Grantees include: Rock to the Future, Ars Nova Workshop at Bartram’s Garden, and Philadelphia Folksong Society at Saunders Park.
Blog Post
Posted February 18, 2015
Thanks to everyone who participated in our #ArtsGrowthChat! We covered a lot of ground over a variety of the issues and questions raised by the latest research report from the William Penn Foundation (Capitalization, Scale, and Investment: Does Growth Equal Gain?) and our own 2014 Portfolio report, and we'll definitely be thinking of ways that we can keep the discussions and discovery going offline.
Blog Post
Posted February 18, 2015
From a rec center in North Philly to a shopping mall in Kazakhstan to a track field in Paris, the ten-minute Sundance-commissioned short film “The World Is As Big or As Small As You Make It” has made the local teen organization Do Remember Me the subject of national internet hype.
Blog Post
Posted February 12, 2015
On Tuesday, March 24, advocates from across the country will descend on Washington, DC, for National Arts Advocacy Day. If you can’t make the trip, GroundSwell and the Artistic Rebuttal Project are hosting the Second Annual Go Forth by Phone at the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (City Hall, Room 116) from 12:00-2:00pm.
Blog Post
Posted February 7, 2015
Liberty Property Trust is seeking new artists to exhibit in its art gallery at Comcast Center, Art at the Center.
Blog Post
Posted February 6, 2015
On Wednesday, February 4, Philly.com published an opinion piece by Robert W. Patterson critiquing Philadelphia's investment in the arts and culture sector. Today, we are pleased to report that they have published a short response from our President, Maud Lyon--but, we had more to say. Read below for Maud's full response to the issues brought forth in Mr. Patterson's article, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter @philaculture.
Blog Post
Posted February 4, 2015
The inaugural Philly Video Music Festival which runs from February 26 – March 1, is looking for music videos to be featured during the 4-day long celebration. All genres of music are accepted and there is no fee to enter. Submissions are due by February 12th, 2015.
Blog Post
Posted January 30, 2015
Asian Arts Initiative debuted off their latest exhibition, Pallets & Palates: Placing Taste, Sound and Sight on January 16, 2015, and if you haven’t checked it out yet make sure you stop by their Community Meal: Open House on First Friday
Blog Post
Posted January 29, 2015
The Do-Gooder Spotlight is GroundSwell's blog post spreading the word about individuals and organizations working to better their communities. Today we are giving a shout-out to our friends at the Philadelphia Folklore Project.
Blog Post
Posted January 27, 2015
Calling all arts and culture innovators and thought leaders with excellent oratorical skills: TEDxPhiladelphia is looking for speakers for the 2015 conference!
Blog Post
Posted January 27, 2015
With one month of the 2015 nearly over, Germantown Artists Roundtable is prepping up for a year of community engagement, neighborhood renovations, and much more.
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