The Mayor's FY2016 budget puts cultural funding in Philadelphia at risk, but we are fighting to maintain the Philadelphia Cultural Fund's budget at $3.14M for the next fiscal year. As part of this fight, a slate of advocates, including Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance President, Maud Lyon, will testify about the importance of the Cultural Fund tomorrow, Thursday May 21 at 6:30pm in City Hall Room 400.
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.
Our struggling public schools and arts ed programs need $105 million to survive next year. Join GroundSwell and PCCY's Piccasso Project in giving City Council the tools to paint a better picture for our students and teachers.
On Thursday, May 21st, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance President, Maud Lyon will be testifying during a City Council budget hearing to make the case for maintaining the budget for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
On Wednesday, April 22 at the Free Library of Philadelphia, GroundSwell and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance co-hosted a Mayoral Forum to address the role parks and arts play in the City of Philadelphia. In the midst of this crucial election for our city, the candidates discussed how they plan on supporting arts & culture and parks & recreation should they be elected Mayor.
Arts & culture has long been credited with sparking neighborhood change in both positive and negative ways. Artists can bring vibrancy to a neighborhood that has been forgotten and the attention that their work can draw can result neighborhood improvements that drive higher property values, enhanced amenities and lower crime rates.However, in some cases this type of change is credited with displacing the longtime residents and businesses. This is a difficult balance to strike. Yet, the Mural Arts Program is finding new ways to bring art to Philadelphia's commercial corridors in a way that works with the residents to help them shape what their community can and will be.
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.
On Tuesday, May 12, GroundSwell will join Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network for PA Arts & Cultural Legislative Visits Day. We will take 50 advocates from Southeastern Pennsylvania to Harrisburg to meet with their elected officials and discuss the importance of arts education in the Commonwealth. We only have room for 50 attendees, so register today!
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.
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.