Arts & Culture Community Applauds City Council for Soda Tax Decision

Philadelphia, PA — On Thursday, June 16, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance joined supporters of education, parks, rec centers and libraries in applauding City Council’s 13-4 vote in favor of the Sugary Beverage Tax.

Arts advocates throughout the city have strongly supported this effort, with more than 100 people reaching out to City Council members via the Alliance’s GroundSwell advocacy and community engagement program during the final 48 hours before the vote.

Cultural Alliance Names New Policy Director

Philadelphia, PA — The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is pleased to announce that it has named Anne Marie Rhoades as its new Director of Policy & Community Engagement.

Drama of Education Funding Hits the Big Stage in School Play

Philadelphia – Pennsylvania’s school funding crisis will take center stage in School Play at the nationally-renowned Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015.  Due to the overwhelmingly positive reviews following the sold-out premiere performances last April at the National Constitution Center, School Play will return for a free one-night show on the Avenue of the Arts.

Arts Advocates Win Fight to Maintain Cultural Fund Budget

Philadelphia — Despite the threat of a proposed 40% cut to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) in the City’s FY2016 budget, Philadelphia's arts and cultural community can officially claim a win this budget season. Led by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s GroundSwell program, arts advocates successfully influenced City Council to protect the budget for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund in FY2016.

Students to Make Third Plea to City Council to Protect Budget for Arts Education

Philadelphia—On Thursday, June 11, GroundSwell (a program of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance) and Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) will organize a group of public school students in demonstrations at City Hall, asking City Council members to commit to $105 million for schools and arts education in the FY2016 City budget. 

Arts and Parks Unite for Mayoral Candidates Forum at Free Library

Artists, Musicians and Performers Take Over City Hall for Second Annual Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day

Philadelphia--On Tuesday, April 7, GroundSwell (a program of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance) will lead artists and arts advocates in demonstrations at City Hall for the second annual Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day. This year’s Advocacy Day focuses on Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposed 40% budget cut for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund in FY16.

Cultural Alliance Hosts Community Engagement Forum in Honor of MLK Day of Service

Philadelphia—On Thursday, January 22, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s GroundSwell advocacy & community engagement program will host “Arts & Culture Vitality in Your Community,” a forum to highlight and discuss the work creative organizations are doing in communities across the region.

Philadelphia Cultural Fund Receives $1.3 Million Budget Increase

Plans Include Reinstating Youth Arts Enrichment Grants for Philly Students

PHILADELPHIA—June 20, 2014—Philadelphia's arts and cultural sector can officially claim a win on the FY2015 budget for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. On June 19, City Council approved an amended FY2015 city budget that includes a $1.3 million increase for PCF grantmaking, bringing its budget for grantmaking to $2.9 million and its total budget to $3.14 million. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign the budget into law within the next two weeks.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Releases Gubernatorial Candidates' Positions on Arts and Culture

Philadelphia—May 15, 2014—The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance releases the democratic gubernatorial candidates’ positions on issues relating to arts and culture.

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