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.

FY2016 Budget Proposals from President Obama, Governor Wolf and Mayor Nutter

Now that President Obama, Governor Wolf and Mayor Nutter have presented their proposed budgets to the legislatures, we know where our cultural line items are starting off in the budget process. With at least another four months of budget negotiations before the legislatures and City Council, many of these recommendations may change. The Cultural Alliance and our partners across the country, state and city will continue to advocate for adequate funding and culture-friendly policies that will allow our cultural communities to continue to thrive.

Save the Date! GroundSwell and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance co-host Mayoral Candidates Forum

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 5:15-7:30 at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, GroundSwell, a program of the Cultural Alliance and the Parks Alliance will co-host a Mayoral Forum on issues relating to arts, culture, parks, recreation and other quality of life issues.

Go Forth By Phone: Arts Advocacy Day 2015 is Almost Here

On Tuesday, March 24, hundreds of arts & culture advocates will descend on Washington, DC to join in National Arts Advocacy Day. Can't make the trip? Join GroundSwell and Artistic Rebuttal Project for our second annual phone bank at the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy at City Hall.

Statewide Coalition of Arts & Culture Organizations Provides Policy Recommendations to Wolf Transition Team

Led by a coalition of advocacy organizations, including the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, a cohort of arts and culture leaders from across the Commonwealth submitted an arts and culture policy agenda to the Department of Community and Economic Development, intended to guide policy decisions over the next four years.

Response to Philly.com Opinion Piece: Arts a Key Building Block in New Economy

On Wednesday, February 4, Philly.com published an opinion piece by Robert W. Patterson critiquing Philadelphia's investment in the arts and culture sector. Today, we are pleased to report that they have published a short response from our President, Maud Lyon--but, we had more to say. Read below for Maud's full response to the issues brought forth in Mr. Patterson's article, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter @philaculture.

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