Mayor Nutter's proposed FY16 budget cuts funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, appropriating only $1.84 million. This represents an almost 40% decrease from the Cultural Fund's FY15 budget, slashing the PCF budget by $1.3 million, back to the level arts & culture advocates successfully restored it from last year. On April 7, Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day, we need your support in asking City Council to make sure this drastic cut does not make the final budget.
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.
On Tuesday, March 24th, GroundSwell and Artistic Rebuttal Project partnered with the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy to host Go Forth by Phone, a phone bank for arts advocates who were unable to attend National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.
Jessica Waber is a fearless Drama Teacher tackling the importance of arts education in the School District of Philadelphia. Read more to learn how Jessica got her start in the arts, how she led over 50 students in a modern interruption of Romeo and Juliet, and why she's gushing over Jen Childs and Sharon Pinkenson.
We're just a few days away from National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. For those who can't make the trip GroundSwell and Artistic Rebuttal Project will host our second annual phone bank at the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in City Hall Room 116.
Philadelphia is quickly becoming known for its booming millennial population, rapidly changing neighborhoods, widespread civic space innovation and entrepreneurship. This breadth of change led the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to identify the city as a ‘learning laboratory’ to explore new ideas and pilot new strategies related to reimagining the civic commons. The Knight Foundation in partnership with the William Penn Foundation is investing $11 million in an initiative led by the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
Now that President Obama, Governor Wolf and Mayor Nutter have presented their proposed budgets to the legislatures, we know where our cultural line items are starting off in the budget process. With at least another four months of budget negotiations before the legislatures and City Council, many of these recommendations may change. The Cultural Alliance and our partners across the country, state and city will continue to advocate for adequate funding and culture-friendly policies that will allow our cultural communities to continue to thrive.
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.