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It's been six months since the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance first launched GroundSwell. In honor of their work so far and to say thanks to supporters, GroundSwell is inviting the public to a summer happy hour in the 2013 PHS Pop-up Garden on Broad Street.

Calling All Artists: Illustrate a Memory for an Alzheimer's Patient

The Space Between Your Fingers project is a group of young writers and artists who work with seniors (primarily those living with Alzheimer's and dementia) to record their most cherished memories on postcards.* Copies of the postcards are sent to their children and grandkids, and also archived in a "memory vault" at the Free Library of Philadelphia to ensure that they'll never be lost.

Be Part of #BeTheARTBeat

The Arts Action Fund wants you to share why you love the arts!

Tree House Books and First Book Philadelphia Partner for "Words on Wheels"

Remember our Philadelphia READS Community Night event in partnership with the Penn Museum? Well, we just found out two of the literacy organizations who attended, Tree House Books and First Book Philadelphia, made plans to join forces that very night!

Advocacy Update: The Fight for PA Public Schools and Arts Education

The PA State Education budget has been cut by $900 million in the last two years, forcing public schools across the state to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including complete elimination of the already diminished art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our region.

Ask State Legislators to Fund Public Schools and Protect Art & Music Programs!

We've been advocating at the city level to save the School District of Philadelphia from extreme budget cuts, but the education crisis isn't limited to just the city. Time is running out for our public schools—send an email to your State legislators today.

Northeast High School Band Students Stand up for Music Ed at City Council

Marching band members of Northeast High School braved the rain to rally at City Hall this morning with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), playing a mix of patriotic and pep songs in the courtyard.

Watch: "Be A Superhero" by Samantha Ashok

On June 6th, GroundSwell and PCCY screened "Be A Superhero," Masterman senior and Clay Studio intern Samantha Ashok's claymation video demonstrating the importance of arts in schools, for City Councilmembers Wilson Goode, Jr. and Curtis Jones. DVD copies were also delivered to the other members of Council. Watch Samantha's video after the jump.

Standing up For Arts Education at City Hall with Councilmen Jones and Goode

We were at City Hall with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) again today for the latest in our ongoing series of actions to speak up in support of arts education and secure funding for Philadelphia public schools. As you know, The School District of Philadelphia has asked City Council to provide an additional $60 million to schools in next year's budget, and without this additional funding, Philadelphia public schools will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including eliminating art and music programs.

Goode and Jones Receive Hero Capes for Support of Education and Arts in Schools

June 06, 2013, Philadelphia, PA – At 9:30 AM on June 6, students, parents and advocates gathered at City Council for a show of creativity in support of public education and keeping arts and music in Philadelphia schools, and to present Concilpersons Curtis Jones, Jr. and W. Wilson Goode, Jr. with Arts Education Superhero capes for their outspoken support for keeping arts and music education in Philadelphia’s public schools.

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