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 

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 PA Arts & Culture Recovery Grant awards $15 million statewide

We are excited to share that in a special meeting on December 19, the Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA) approved $15 million in allocations for arts and culture organizations and creative professionals across the state through the PA Arts & Culture Recovery Grant program. Over $6 million of the funds were awarded in the southeastern region of the state.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Calls on City Council to Reinstate $2M City Budget Increase to Support Philadelphia Cultural Fund at $5.5M 

Stable funding to allow more grant opportunities, develop community programming and promote more cross-sector collaboration 

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Releases PHL Arts & Culture Voter Guide 

Guide to help Philadelphians elect an “Arts Mayor for Philadelphia” with information about how Mayoral Candidates would integrate arts and culture policies into their administrations 

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Shares Policy Platform In Advance of November’s Election of 100th Mayor of Philadelphia

2023 Mayoral Policy Platform rooted in fundamental belief that arts and culture are undervalued and underleveraged in the City deserving greater public investment

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

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Recovery & Regrowth Survey

In mid-2022, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, PA Humanities, and their partners conducted the Cultural Recovery & Regrowth Survey exploring COVID-19’s impact on the cultural sector and how organizations are supporting recovery and growth. 142 organizations participated from the five counties of southeastern Pennsylvania (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).



The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Applauds the City of Philadelphia’s Unprecedented $21.3M Investment in Arts & Culture through the Approved Mid-Year Transfer Budget

December 1, 2022 (PHILADELPHIA, PA) – Today, during public testimony, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (“Cultural Alliance”), which represents 348 arts and culture organizations in the City of Philadelphia, applauded Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council for its unprecedented infusion of $21.3 million into the arts and culture industry through the Mid-Year Transfer. This investment comes after a three-year advocacy campaign, which was sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing effects on the arts and culture community. 

Statement On City of Philadelphia’s Midyear Transfer

Today is a banner day for our arts and culture community in the City of Philadelphia. Mayor Kenney proposed and City Council increased and approved over $21 million new dollars for arts and culture in the 2022 Mid-Year Transfer Ordinance. The ordinance moved unanimously from the Appropriations Committee, chaired by Councilmember Curtis Jones, Jr, and received first reading at today’s Council session. It is poised to receive final consideration on Thursday, December 1.