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Volunteer in the Arts - Be a Panelist

Photo: Panelist JJ Tiziou presents the 2017 Project Stream grantees at the Cultural Alliance's Annual Meeting.


Are you interested in contributing to the vitality of the arts in Greater Philadelphia?

Each year the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance seeks individuals to serve on Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant advisory panels. Panelists contribute artistic, administrative, educational, and operational perspectives in discussion and evaluation of grant applications.

Serving on a panel can be an exciting and rewarding volunteer experience! You'll have a chance to meet new people from a variety of backgrounds while supporting the communities in which you live/work. Panelists get a unique look at the grantmaking process and learn about the many creative ways artists and arts organizations are making a difference locally.

Applications are currently closed for 2019 Project Stream panelists. If you'd like to be considered for future grant panel opportunities, please email

Panelist Qualifications

  • Panelists must reside or work in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties and must be an adult 18 years of age or older.
  • Panelists do not need a specific arts education or affiliation, just an appreciation. This process is about making sure that residents of each community have access to the arts.
  • You do not need to work in arts and culture to be a panelist. Consultants, attorneys, community leaders, legislative staffers, educators, philanthropists, non-profit administrators, and arts enthusiasts have all been panelists in the past. 
  • Some financial or organizational management experience is a plus, but not required.


Panelist Responsibilities

  • Participate in a mandatory online panel orientation, conducted online through a free webinar, in which you will learn about how to review and score the applications. The orientation is approximately 30 minutes and is offered multiple times for your convenience. You will receive the dates and more information about the orientation after we accept your application.
  • Read and rate each grant application according to criteria established by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Reading the grant applications must be done in advance of the in-person panel session on your own time. You will have about three weeks to read and rate approximately 20 applications and should plan on spending approximately 15-20 hours preparing for the panel.
  • Attend the one-day panel session. The in-person panel session is a one-day commitment where you will discuss the applications and come to consensus on the scores with your fellow panelists. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be included. Panelists are not compensated for their service.


Have questions about serving as a panelist? Email

The Project Stream and Program Stream grants initiative is made possible through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. They are funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation, and administered locally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.