Make arts and culture part of the debate!

This fall the gubernatorial candidates will participate in three debates throughout the Commonwealth and we are working to ensure that arts, culture and other quality of life issues are included in the discussion.

Michelle Obama Takes a Stand for Arts in Schools

On Wednesday, July 16, First Lady Michelle Obama gave the keynote address at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award luncheon and made one thing clear: arts education must be a top priority in our schools.

Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week

Did you know? August 9-16 is Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week 2014!

Save Federal Cultural Funding! [Updated]

Budget season is in full swing in the U.S. Capitol and while there were many wins for arts and culture at the City and State levels, there have been significant cuts proposed for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Legislative Update

This year's budget process has been quite the roller coaster, and with all of the back and forth it has been hard to keep up, so we are here to break down exactly how the city, state and national budgets will impact arts and culture in the coming year.

Win 2 tickets to GroundSwell Happy Hour at The PHS Pop-Up Garden!

Come have a drink with the GroundSwell team at The PHS Pop-Up Garden. Enjoy an evening in the garden with other members of the community as we celebrate arts and culture. Summer in the city has never looked better!

Tweet Your Thanks for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund Budget Increase

For the first-ever Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day on April 22, we asked arts and culture supporters to tweet messages at City Council President Darrell Clarke calling for increased funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. The #RestoreArtsFundingPHL campaign resulted in 1,500 tweets reaching over 400,000 people on Twitter, and after nearly two more months of continued advocacy work both online and at City Hall, on June 19 City Council passed an amended FY2015 budget that includes a $1.3 million increase for the PCF grant program.

Healthcare Update: Insurance for Artists and Cultural Freelancers

Enroll America, a non-profit focusing on maximizing the number of Americans enrolled in health coverage, has taken a specific interest in working with artists and cultural freelancers to help them sign up for health coverage. If you are looking for information about health insurance please read the information below.

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.

Philadelphia Cultural Fund receives an additional $1.3 million for grantmaking in FY2015 budget

After many months of advocating to restore the Philadelphia Cultural Fund's (PCF) budget,City Council approved a $1.3 million increase for PCF's grant program in the FY2015 budget!