Cultural Engagement

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
Ever wonder what Cultural Alliance staff members do in their free time? Well, we check out arts & culture events, of course!
Blog Post
Posted April 10, 2015
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.
Blog Post
Posted April 8, 2015
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.
Blog Post
Posted April 7, 2015
Last week, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the thirty-two winners of the Cities Challenge, awarding $5 million in total to projects across the United States. Out of the twenty-six cities in which projects were awarded funding, Philadelphia had the highest concentration with seven winners. From making public art a draw to Election Day polls to creating an outdoor community living room, community-based art and social practice is on the rise in Philly, thanks to the Knight grants.
Blog Post
Posted March 31, 2015
Jackie Goldfinger is a Barrymore Award-winning playwright, she has tackled many controversial topics in her productions and recently co-founded The Foundry, a playwriting lab that fosters support for emerging Philadelphia playwrights. Read more to learn how Jackie got her start in the arts, who she considers the most influential women in arts and culture, and why audiences sometimes have a tough time digesting some of her work.
Blog Post
Posted March 26, 2015
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.
Blog Post
Posted March 19, 2015
Hosted by Mural Arts, Moore College, and Next City, “Collectivity in the City” gave Philadelphia a chance to better understand artists’ connection to neighborhoods and the people who call them home
Blog Post
Posted March 13, 2015
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.
Blog Post
Posted March 12, 2015
Last fall, the Cultural Alliance's GroundSwell team and Engagement Studios embarked on a journey to make a short video to highlight the GroundSwell movement.
Blog Post
Posted March 6, 2015
Walking into the Leeway Foundation’s new exhibit RELEASE, it’s hard not to notice that you are surrounded by faces. From the large paintings of artist Mary DeWitt to the campaign ephemera curated by Mariame Kaba and Rachel Caidor, the show’s project is clear: to bring women and trans* peoples’ narratives of incarceration and state-sponsored violence out of the shadows.
Blog Post
Posted March 2, 2015
March is National Women’s History Month and to celebrate, GroundSwell will be honoring the many women doing tremendous work in the cultural sector. Each week we will interview a woman who has dedicated her life to the arts in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Feel free to share your stories with us or tell us about someone who is changing the landscape of arts in the city!
Blog Post
Posted February 25, 2015
In anticipation of Next City’s event “Collectivity in the City” on March 16th, we’re highlighting the amazing art-as-social practice work of Amber Art and Design.
Blog Post
Posted February 20, 2015
It may be bitterly cold, but the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s announcement of the Performances in Public Spaces program this week was an early sign that spring is indeed on its way! The inaugural grantees for this exciting new program Recipients will receive funds to cover all costs associated with presenting performances in select parks and plazas across the city. Grantees include: Rock to the Future, Ars Nova Workshop at Bartram’s Garden, and Philadelphia Folksong Society at Saunders Park.
Blog Post
Posted February 18, 2015
Thanks to everyone who participated in our #ArtsGrowthChat! We covered a lot of ground over a variety of the issues and questions raised by the latest research report from the William Penn Foundation (Capitalization, Scale, and Investment: Does Growth Equal Gain?) and our own 2014 Portfolio report, and we'll definitely be thinking of ways that we can keep the discussions and discovery going offline.
Blog Post
Posted February 18, 2015
From a rec center in North Philly to a shopping mall in Kazakhstan to a track field in Paris, the ten-minute Sundance-commissioned short film “The World Is As Big or As Small As You Make It” has made the local teen organization Do Remember Me the subject of national internet hype.
Blog Post
Posted February 12, 2015
On Tuesday, March 24, advocates from across the country will descend on Washington, DC, for National Arts Advocacy Day. If you can’t make the trip, GroundSwell and the Artistic Rebuttal Project are hosting the Second Annual Go Forth by Phone at the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (City Hall, Room 116) from 12:00-2:00pm.
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