URGENT: A Sales Tax Threat on Arts & Culture Looms Large

A major sales tax threat looms large this week as legislators rush to complete a budget before the end of the year.

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.

How Will the New Child Protective Services Bill Affect Cultural Nonprofits?

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.

Update on State Budget

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.

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.

Recap: 2015 Cultural Cabinet Annual Reception

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.

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 Education Advocacy Days in City Hall

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!

PCCY Arts Education Advocacy Days in City Hall

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.