CultureWire

CultureWire is the Alliance's blog for arts & culture news, resources, opportunities and more. Get the best of CultureWire in your inbox quarterly by opting in to receive newsletters in your philaculture account settings. 

Happy Retirement, Stuart Adair!

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10/11/21

After nearly 11 years at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Stuart Adair, Chief Officer for Finance and Administration, will be retiring at the end of October.

Stuart has played an integral role in the work of the Cultural Alliance (and the cultural sector) for more than a decade, and has done too many great things to list them all, but here are a few!

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Meet an Alliancer: Jax Gilliam

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02/19/18

Ever wondered what it's like to work at the Cultural Alliance? We'll introduce you to members of our staff! This month the spotlight is on Jax Gilliam, our social media and communications coordinator. 

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Member Spotlight

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Lauren Gilmore
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10/06/21
Mailbox puppets dancing to help protect the counting of ballots during the 2020 presidential election

Spiral Q is a 25 year old arts and justice nonprofit that unleashes the power of art to connect people, actions, values, neighborhoods, organizations, and movements to each other and to their collective creative force for change. They work with up to 100 diverse partners annually, prioritizing disenfranchised communities whose residents are systematically oppressed due to race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic, and sexual identities. They are artists, educators, and cultural workers partnering with schools, youth service providers, CBOs, cultural centers, AIDS service and advocacy groups, LGBTQIA+ groups, advocates for the unhoused, addiction recovery centers, and mental health providers. Spiral Q knows their communities to be culturally rich in tradition, heritage and strong social bonds. Their neighborhood and city-wide partners are committed collaborators and informational resources that guide our work along with their team of talented teaching artists who demonstrate high quality teaching artistry and share their creativity and experience as thought-partners.

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Member Spotlight

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Lauren Gilmore
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08/10/21
A fall scene of Act II Playhouse on the streets of downtown Ambler

The first ever Arts Montco Week will be held Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 26 in partnership the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board. From theatrical performances to art galleries, concerts, and everything in between, Arts Montco Week aims to showcase the county’s wide variety and consistently high quality of arts and culture venues. Some of the participating venues are also Cultural Alliance members, like Act II Playhouse. Founded in 1998, Act II Playhouse is committed to creating and programming theatre that is accessible and entertaining. Through that commitment, they have won several Barrymore Awards, pivoted to streamed performances during the pandemic, and are excited to return to live theater this fall. Read more about them in our blog!

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Bloomberg Arts Interns Finish Their Summer of Cultural Immersion and Professional Development

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Tom Bonner
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08/09/21

This Friday, the Cultural Alliance will celebrate the conclusion of the 2021 Bloomberg Arts Internship (“BAI”) with presentations by interns in a special closing ceremony. Since 2015, the Cultural Alliance has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to deliver this one-of-a-kind program, matching exceptional high school students from across the city with paid internships at dozens of area arts and culture organizations.

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Member Spotlight

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Lauren Gilmore
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05/24/21
Classroom students engaged in an activity and raising their hands to volunteer

Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) taps the potential of youth and inspires learning through playwriting. With a special emphasis on working with students in the School District of Philadelphia, their Core Program gives students a platform to express themselves through playwriting, which advances literacy skills, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaborative skills. Learn more about PYP’s past year of virtual programs, partnership with the Bloomberg Internship Program, and our future plans on their blog.

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Arts as Infrastructure: How PMAY Shared Resources for the Benefit of Music Educators

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Tom Bonner
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03/25/21

As arts advocates, it can begin to feel like you’re shouting into the void when trying to explain the value of arts and culture. In recent months, the Alliance led a campaign to highlight the importance of the arts as infrastructure. Like power lines and bridges, we said, the arts are critical to our collective health and wealth. But even a metaphor suffers from abstraction. So what do we really mean? This is what we mean:

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Applications for Bloomberg Worksites Now Available

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01/22/21

Applications are now available for the 2021 Bloomberg Arts Internship program, a cultural immersion and workforce development initiative of the Alliance funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Every year, we recruit 50 extraordinary high school juniors from Philadelphia public schools for an eight-week program which immerses them in Philadelphia’s rich culture, delivers professional development and college readiness training and provides meaningful internship opportunities at arts and culture organizations across the city.

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Meet An Alliancer: Kate Huffman

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07/07/20

Ever wondered what it's like to work at the Cultural Alliance? We'll introduce you to members of our staff! This month the spotlight is on Kate Huffman, our Director of Development and Board Liaison!

Job Title: Director of Development & Board Liaison

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Member Spotlight

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By
Lauren Gilmore
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01/11/21
Indigenous artist, Tchin, plays a courting flute in front of a little girl with brown pigtails.

We Are the Seeds of CultureTrust is committed to amplifying Indigenous voices through the arts. The organization was founded by a team of Indigenous women who are dedicated to honoring Native arts and cultures as a means to understanding Indigenous peoples, the history of (what is now called) the United States, and who we all are as American people today. We Are the Seeds produces cultural events that feature Indigenous fine art, music, dance, fashion, literary, and culinary art. Additionally, Seeds hosts interactive art programs that focus on educating and empowering the youth.

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