Cultural Engagement

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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.
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Posted February 7, 2015
Liberty Property Trust is seeking new artists to exhibit in its art gallery at Comcast Center, Art at the Center.
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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.
Blog Post
Posted January 26, 2015
A nor’easter may be on its way, but before you know it spring will arrive and it will once again be Jazz Appreciation Month in Philadelphia! The City of Philadelphia Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is starting to prepare for this extravaganza and is asking for artist submissions to be displayed in City Hall.
Blog Post
Posted January 22, 2015
The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance joined forces with PECO, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Philly Rising to host a service day at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in North Philadelphia.
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Posted January 22, 2015
In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s invites you to attend GroundSwell Presents: A Community Engagement Forum on Thursday, January 22, at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American Street) from 3:00 – 6:30PM to highlight the work that cultural organizations are doing in communities across the region.
Blog Post
Posted January 19, 2015
As President of the Alliance, I am new in town – just moved here from Detroit in January. To discover Philadelphia, I am exploring arts and culture of all kinds. Major productions, hidden gems. Tourist attractions and things only a resident would know about. Music, history, science, theatre, media arts, you name it. So let me take you on this journey with me. Every week, I will write reports of where I am going or what I have experienced. Come with me to find out what is inspiring, intriguing, thought-provoking, or simply fun.
Blog Post
Posted January 15, 2015
During the inauguration for Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday, January 20, the Wolf Inaugural Committee will present an exhibition of artwork to showcase the state's creative talents.
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Posted January 14, 2015
Thank you to everyone who participated in today's #MLKDayChat on Twitter, especially our partner who came to us with the idea, Generocity!
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