Advocacy & Cultural Policy

Blog Post
Posted July 13, 2015
On July 1 Governor Wolf signed into law an amendment to the Child Protective Services Law that seeks to clarify and make more explicit provisions in the statute that require volunteers who work with children to obtain child abuse clearances and criminal history checks.
Blog Post
Posted July 2, 2015
On Tuesday, June 30th Governor Wolf took the unprecedented step of vetoing the FY2016 budget bill in its entirety. This bill included $9.59 million for Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Grants to the Arts line item. This represented an 11.6% increase over the previous fiscal year. The Governor and legislative leaders will be heading back to the drawing board over the next couple of weeks and we want to make sure that the PCA funding is included in the next budget bill.
Blog Post
Posted June 11, 2015
On June 4, over 80 individuals, including civic and business leaders as well as representatives from Philadelphia's cultural sector, gathered for the the two-year anniversary of the Cultural Cabinet to celebrate the tremendous work accomplished in and for our region's cultural sector. The reception was held at the beautiful Center City home of Cultural Cabinet members Ajay and Pamela Raju.
Blog Post
Posted May 26, 2015
This year's Arts Education Advocacy Days will be held on May 27, June 4 and June 11 and on each of these days we want to flood social media with messages about the importance of arts education in schools!
Blog Post
Posted May 5, 2015
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.
Blog Post
Posted May 5, 2015
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.
Blog Post
Posted May 4, 2015
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.
Blog Post
Posted May 1, 2015
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!
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
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.
Blog Post
Posted April 13, 2015
School Play is a theatre piece aimed at raising awareness about the urgency of addressing Pennsylvania's public education system. 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 troupes, friends, neighbors, and anyone in between.
Blog Post
Posted April 13, 2015
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.
Blog Post
Posted April 8, 2015
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.
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