Cultural Engagement

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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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)!
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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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Posted September 4, 2014
The highly anticipated Dilworth Park opened this morning to much fan fare. After more than two years of construction, some construction delays and $55 million, Philly's "lively new centerpiece" is ready to be experienced by residents and visitors alike!
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Posted September 3, 2014
Philly once again has its finger on the pulse of a new and exciting program. Earlier this year City Council passed a bill to allow bike sharing to come to Philadelphia and the city of Philadelphia agreed to work with the Bicycle Transit System to assure the delivery of a bicycle sharing system. Now, you can help decide where the best bike sharing stations should be located!
Blog Post
Posted August 27, 2014
The arts are alive in Mantua! A newly-released Drexel study focusing on the role of arts and culture in the West Philadelphia neighborhoods of Mantua, Powelton Village and West Powelton, depicts a flourishing cultural ecosystem that faces challenges, but with the right tools, can thrive.
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Posted August 26, 2014
If your cultural organization provides programming or resources for military personnel, veterans or military families, consider listing these opportunities in the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military – National Network Online Directory.
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Posted August 25, 2014
This week's Featured Member is Abington Art Center!
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Posted August 18, 2014
Saturday, August 16th marked the first annual Lancaster Avenue Day hosted by Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association (LA21). The summer festival featured live art, face painters, drums, spoken word and even horse rides.
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Posted August 15, 2014
Calling all musicians, today is the day to show Philly you’ve got talent!
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Posted August 14, 2014
Make your way down to the National Museum of American Jewish History this Friday, August 15th for all day free admission.
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