Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Releases Economic & Social Impact Study ‘Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity: Greater Philadelphia’

Study finds combined economic impact of $3.3 Billion from Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Arts & Culture Sector 

Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity

Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity: Greater Philadelphia is an economic and social impact study of the Greater Philadelphia region’s nonprofit arts and culture industry. More than 500 arts and culture organizations participated in the research and over 1,000 individuals completed the Americans for the Arts and Economic Prosperity (AEP) survey while attending a performance, event, exhibit or while visiting a cultural event or facility in the Greater Philadelphia Region during the period from May 2022 through June 2023.

PA CultureCheck

PA CultureCheck is an annual statewide survey created by PA Humanities and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to gather the voices and interests of cultural, arts, and humanities organizations, along with other nonprofits, community organizations, and businesses doing work in this space. 

The 2023 survey had two primary goals:

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Awards $400,000 to 80 organizations through the 2023-2024 Creative Sector Flex Fund

Philadelphia, PA—The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (“Cultural Alliance”) is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2023-2024 Creative Sector Flex Fund (“CSFF”), a program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (“PCA"). In this round of funding, 80 organizations received  $5,000 each for a total of $400,000 in grants to support small arts and culture work across Southeastern Pennsylvania (Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties).

Upcoming Events at the Cultural Alliance!

Let’s start 2023 off with a bang! We are excited to bring you many events this season that will build upon your resiliency, creativity, and spring forth an artful future. Over the next few months, we will have programs that help you navigate the evolving hiring and retention practices; a workshop to assist with understanding and expanding your revenue potentials; a mayoral forum that will give you a voice to influence policy changes; and much more. Learn more about our upcoming events on our website!

As a reminder, as a member you receive special perks with these upcoming programs. If you are not a member, consider joining today! To learn more about membership at the Cultural Alliance, please contact Lauren Gilmore, Director of Member Engagement at

Member Spotlight

Launched in 1945 as a student-run radio station at the University of Pennsylvania, WXPN has become a nationally recognized leader in public media, renown for discovering and promoting emerging new musical talent. Since becoming a professionally managed public media organization nearly four decades ago, WXPN has built a supportive community of members and business sponsors. Through innovative on air and online programming, a robust event offering, and partnerships with venues and cultural institutions throughout the region, WXPN serves its mission of connecting artists with audiences. Learn more about WXPN and how to participate in its annual gathering of music fans happening this September along the Camden waterfront.

Member Spotlight

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Cambodian American Girls Empowering (CAGE) started in 2015 with a mission to create safe spaces for identity exploration in Greater Philadelphia. A global pandemic reshaped the way we look at ourselves as individuals, artists, and a performing arts nonprofit. CAGE is excited to share their story with you and a little bit about how important it is to center joy and celebration.

Member Spotlight

The Village of Arts and Humanities is a cultural treasure in the Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood of North Philadelphia, which uses art to envision and generate a thriving community where Black residents are leaders, stewards, and ultimate beneficiaries of reinvestment. The organization is a renowned model for ground-level work that blends art with social justice, neighborhood revitalization, and youth development. 

People travel from as far away as Gambia and Taiwan to visit The Village's Ile Ife Park, the crown jewel of its creative campus comprising art parks, murals, and sculptures created over 36 years by the hands and imaginations of artists and neighbors. Read the blog to learn more about its roots, unique approach to work, and what’s next for the organization.

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Impact Study (December 2021)

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (“Cultural Alliance”) is committed to tracking the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and culture sector in our region.

COVID-19 Impact on the Arts and Culture Sector in Greater Philadelphia

Over the course of several months, the Cultural Alliance conducted two surveys to begin to understand the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic was having on the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Greater Philadelphia.