Cultural Engagement

Blog Post
Posted October 16, 2014
Knight News Challenge (powered by the Knight Foundation) is calling for feedback on how to build futures and improve communities. They received over 600 entries and now invite YOU to look through submissions and offer feedback, ideas, and questions.
Blog Post
Posted October 14, 2014
Philadelphia is home to one of the world's largest collections of murals and tonight, as Mural Arts Month continues, artists and mural-enthusiasts from around the city will gather for a TED-inspired event to discuss the challenges plaguing our cities and how public art can address the challenges and improve the landscape of our city.
Blog Post
Posted October 13, 2014
GroundSwell is committed to showcasing how the arts positively impact our communities, and Philadelphia’s vast collection of public art is an integral part of the Philadelphia landscape that enhances our surroundings and is part of the fabric of the city! Each week we will spotlight one of the great pieces of public art that lives in our city. Today, we spotlight Philadelphia’s “Love” statue crafted by Robert Indiana
Blog Post
Posted October 10, 2014
On Sunday, October 12 from 2-4pm the Village of Arts and Humanities and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will join forces to restore the Village's Ile-Ife Guardian Mural and they are inviting the whole community to come and help bring this iconic mural back to life!
Blog Post
Posted October 8, 2014
On October 10, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) in partnership with PNC Arts Alive, will hold the fifth annual Philly Photo Day and everyone is invited to snap a pic of their favorite spot in Philly on that day. There is only one restriction, the picture must be taken on October 10 in Philadelphia.
Blog Post
Posted October 7, 2014
The Neighborhood Time Exchange: West Philadelphia Artist Residency is a residency program presented by the Canada-based Broken City Lab, People's Emergency Center (PEC), the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and the Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE). They are looking for local artists to take part in this unique cultural project integrating civil engagement and art, and you can be part of the process!
Blog Post
Posted October 6, 2014
People’s Emergency Center and community partners invite you to experience art, live music, food and much more during 2nd Fridays on Lancaster Avenue. Events take place in multiple locations on the avenue and nearby, 5:00 – 8:00PM.
Blog Post
Posted September 26, 2014
Get ready for a day that honors the arts! The Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards return this Sunday, September 28 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and this year’s Distinguished Arts Award will be given to Philadelphia composer, Jennifer Higdon! will feature a special exhibit of Indiana area award-winning youth art. The artwork will be featured as part of the Governor’s Arts Awards.
Blog Post
Posted September 25, 2014
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 SpArc Philadelphia!
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Posted September 25, 2014
The Cultural Alliance is partnering with the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the School District of Philadelphia to make sure that all cultural organizations that currently serve Philadelphia schoolchildren are counted in the Office's Partnerships Census.
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Posted September 24, 2014
Lil' Filmmakers is a West Philly based non-profit media and performing arts organization geared to train youth and teens to conceive, develop and produce movies. The mission of the organization is to transform young people into artists, thinkers, and socially responsible community leaders.
Blog Post
Posted September 23, 2014
GroundSwell is committed to showcasing how the arts positively impact our communities, and Philadelphia’s vast collection of public art is an integral part of the Philadelphia landscape that enhances our surroundings and is part of the fabric of the city! Each week we will spotlight one of the great pieces of public art that lives in our city. Today, we spotlight “Grumman Greenhouse” crafted by PAFA alum and Philly resident Jordan Griska.
Blog Post
Posted September 22, 2014
This past Thursday, September 18, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) partnered with the Philadelphia School District and Blick Art Materials to host its fall exhibition, A+ Art in the Art Gallery at City Hall. As a result of this partnership, During the event Blick Art Materials will donate $15,000 worth of gift cards to the 23 participating schools to purchase materials for their art classes!
Blog Post
Posted September 18, 2014
In honor of International Peace Day, Sonia Sanchez, famed poet, playwright, and activist, Sonia Sanchez is hosting Footprints of Peace, a celebration of peace to be held this Sunday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Penn Museum.
Blog Post
Posted September 16, 2014
Learn more about neighborhoods and communities that make the city a great place to work and play! Community Education Center (CEC) is a nonprofit performing arts center and artists incubator space located in the Powelton Village section of West Philadelphia. Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1973, the CEC was founded by local community members to promote shared experiences. The Center is known and respected by artists and audiences alike for its support of the local arts community and its presentations of outstanding dance and performance
Blog Post
Posted September 11, 2014
GroundSwell is committed to showcasing how the arts positively impact our communities, and Philadelphia’s vast collection of public art is an integral part of the Philadelphia landscape that enhances our surroundings and is part of the fabric of the city! Each week we will spotlight one of the great pieces of public art that lives in our city. Today, we spotlight “Sleeping Woman” by Stephen Berg and Tom Chimes.
Blog Post
Posted September 11, 2014
Beginning this fall, ACCESS Cardholders (Pennsylvania residents who monitor their government issued cash and food benefits with an EBT card) are invited to visit museums, science centers, gardens and historic sites at a deeply discounted rate. ACCESS cardholders can get admission to participating venues for just $2.
Blog Post
Posted September 11, 2014
Year 2 of STAMP is officially underway, and the more than 11,000 teens enrolled in STAMP can now use their STAMP pass at a total of 15 museums around the city. If you know a teen with a STAMP Pass, be sure they check out all the new museums and earn double STAMP Bucks points for each visit they make in September!
Blog Post
Posted September 9, 2014
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 Urban Creators (PUC)!
Blog Post
Posted September 8, 2014
Nurturing Families, Strengthening Neighborhoods, and Driving Change in West Philadelphia is the mission of People’s Emergency Center (PEC). Responding to community needs and helping stimulate economic growth, create wealth and improve quality of life for all West Philadelphia residents, makes PEC this week’s community spotlight!
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