Advocacy & Cultural Policy

Blog Post
Posted February 2, 2016
While the state budget for 2015-2016 is still incomplete, Governor Wolf has strategically authorized earned income tax credits for cultural organizations, as well as portions of a budget bill. Read more in our blog post for more information and stay tuned for more updates!
Blog Post
Posted January 22, 2016
The Cultural Alliance is pleased to welcome Kelly Lee as the new city's new Chief Cultural Officer and the head of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. She was appointed in late December and began her new role on January 13. Click through for an interview!
Blog Post
Posted January 13, 2016
Ever wondered what it's like to work at the Cultural Alliance? We'll introduce you to members of our staff! This month the spotlight is on Michael Norris.
Blog Post
Posted December 28, 2015
2015 was a busy year at the Cultural Alliance. Here's a look back at some of our favorite moments!
Blog Post
Posted December 18, 2015
On Wednesday, December 9 the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance hosted "DNC: What It Means for You" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Learn about the impact the convention will have on the city, and how members of the arts and cultural community can get involved.
Blog Post
Posted December 18, 2015
There’s huge news for arts and arts education policies in Washington. Agreements on both Fiscal Year 2016 funding and expired tax provisions impacting charitable giving have just been reached.
Blog Post
Posted December 5, 2015
A major sales tax threat looms large this week as legislators rush to complete a budget before the end of the year.
Press Release
Posted November 10, 2015
Press Release
Posted September 2, 2015
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 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.
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