Arts and Parks Unite for Mayoral Candidates Forum at Free Library

Join Us for a Twitter Chat on Arts & Parks Issues on April 15!

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.

Help PCCY Take 'School Play' on the Road

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.

Join GroundSwell in Harrisburg on May 12 for Pennsylvania Arts & Culture Legislative Visits Day

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.

Recap: 2nd Annual Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day

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.

April 15: Join GroundSwell, Philadelphia Parks Alliance and Generocity for an #ArtsParksChat

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.

#SavePHLArts! Tell City Council Not to Cut the Philadelphia Cultural Fund's Budget!

The Mayor's proposed FY2016 budget cuts the Philadelphia Cultural Fund's budget by 40%, slashing it back down to $1.84M. We need your help to save the Cultural Fund's budget for FY2016. Please email your councilmember and tell them to #SavePHLArts.

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.

April 7, 2015: Take Action to #SavePHLArts on Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day

Mayor Nutter's proposed FY16 budget cuts funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, appropriating only $1.84 million. This represents an almost 40% decrease from the Cultural Fund's FY15 budget, slashing the PCF budget by $1.3 million, back to the level arts & culture advocates successfully restored it from last year. On April 7, Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day, we need your support in asking City Council to make sure this drastic cut does not make the final budget.

Recap: “Go Forth by Phone!” for National Arts Advocacy Day

On Tuesday, March 24th, GroundSwell and Artistic Rebuttal Project partnered with the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy to host Go Forth by Phone, a phone bank for arts advocates who were unable to attend National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.