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.
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.
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.
In anticipation of our #ArtsParks Mayoral Forum on Wednesday, Apil 22nd, we at Groundswell have been extra excited about all things park-related in Philadelphia. So we are ecstatic to share LOVE Your Park Week, coming to over 100 parks across Philadelphia May 9th-16th. Sponsored by Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, LOVE Your Park Week is an “annual citywide celebration of Philadelphia’s diverse parks featuring a week of service projects, fun events, educational programs, family activities, tours, and more.” The week encourages all Philly residents to “clean, green, and celebrate Philly parks,” encouraging civic participation and community enrichment through the city’s natural landscape.
On Wednesday, April 22, GroundSwell, the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, and Generocity are co-hosting the Arts & Parks Mayoral Forum at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Mayor plays a critical role in supporting arts & culture and parks & recreation, and we want to know where the candidates stand on the issues that our sectors face.
On Thursday, April 9 at the National Constitution Center, Public Citizens for Children & Youth (PCCY) presented School Play, a documentary-based live theatre piece aimed at raising awareness about the urgency of addressing Pennsylvania's public education system. Now, the play is available to anyone who wishes to present it, and GroundSwell is partnering with PCCY to help them meet their goal of having performances in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties during the state budget process this spring. The piece can be performed in whole or in part, by community groups, professional theatre troupes, friends, neighbors, and anyone in between.
It is the season for advocacy! On Tuesday, May 12, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network will host PA Arts & Culture Legislative Visits Day. GroundSwell wants to take 50 arts advocates from Southeastern Pennsylvania to Harrisburg to meet with their elected officials and discuss the importance of arts education in the Commonwealth.
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.
On Tuesday, April 7, the Cultural Alliance's GroundSwell grassroots advocacy and community engagement program held the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day to demonstrate against the Mayor's proposed FY16 budget cuts to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Hundreds of arts and culture supporters showed up at City Hall, emailed City Council, and tweeted messages to #SavePHLArts.
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.