Cultural Engagement

Blog Post
Posted May 13, 2015
Tomorrow is Election Day, and despite the many accolades that the Philadelphia region has received over the past several months, we face significant challenges to being a place that we can all be proud of. From the school funding crisis to the objectively high poverty rates, there are many complex problems to be solved, and we hope the people who are elected will know and understand the great tool that arts and culture can be in addressing these issues.
Blog Post
Posted May 1, 2015
As people hit the streets to demand justice for Freddie Gray, art and artists are making a difference to provide healing. Art has always served as a catalyst of social change and community mobilization, and in the movement against police brutality people are using graphics, dance, and music to provide healing and make their voices heard.
Blog Post
Posted April 30, 2015
We've been in the news lately. Here's a round-up of articles you may have missed:
Blog Post
Posted April 22, 2015
GroundSwell and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance will co-host a Mayoral Forum on Arts and Parks in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Registration begins at 5pm. Forum from 5:45-7:30pm.
Blog Post
Posted April 20, 2015
Today, April 20, is the last day to register to vote and the last day to pre-register for the Arts & Parks Mayoral Forum and we want to make sure you do both! For Pennsylvanians, today is the last chance to register to vote in the May 19th primary.
Blog Post
Posted April 16, 2015
It's election season and we're bringing you the mayoral candidates on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 5:45 -7:30pm in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The candidates will address the role parks and arts play in the City of Philadelphia and how our sectors enhance the economy, environment and the quality of life of our residents. Registration for the event will open up at 5pm.
Blog Post
Posted April 15, 2015
Ahead of our Mayoral Forum on Arts & Parks on Wednesday, April 22, on April 15 GroundSwell, Philadelphia Parks Alliance and Generocity partnered on an #ArtsParksChat to generate public discussion around these quality-of-life issues and the Mayor's role in strengthening both sectors.
Blog Post
Posted April 13, 2015
Ever wonder what Cultural Alliance staff members do in their free time? Well, we check out arts & culture events, of course!
Blog Post
Posted April 10, 2015
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 – 9:30PM.
Blog Post
Posted April 8, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, GroundSwell, Philadelphia Parks Alliance and Generocity are co-hosting the Arts & Parks Mayoral Forum at the Free Library of Philadelphia. But before we hear from the candidates, we want to give you a chance to give your input on the arts & culture and parks issues facing the City of Philadelphia, and what we need from the next Mayor.
Blog Post
Posted April 7, 2015
Last week, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the thirty-two winners of the Cities Challenge, awarding $5 million in total to projects across the United States. Out of the twenty-six cities in which projects were awarded funding, Philadelphia had the highest concentration with seven winners. From making public art a draw to Election Day polls to creating an outdoor community living room, community-based art and social practice is on the rise in Philly, thanks to the Knight grants.
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.
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