Mayor Nutter Appoints New Chief Cultural Officer

In a press conference at City Hall this morning, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the appointment of Helen Haynes as Chief Cultural Officer in the City's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE). Haynes joins OACCE from her current position as Director of Cultural Affairs at Montgomery County Community College. Her background also includes teaching and arts advocacy work, as well as 30 years of experience as an arts administrator, presenter, and visual artist.

The value of liberal arts (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Imagine a world without arts and culture. All of the institutions that provide education and culture, critical outlets for American families, would disappear - there would be no visual or performing arts, museums, galleries, historic sites, or parks. Creativity, which has been the heart of America, would lack the public arenas where dreams, ideas, history, and identity can be shared. Nourishment for the soul would wither.

2014 PA Arts & Culture Policy Agenda

Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania has submitted a list of legislative "asks" for the PA General Assembly to consider as they work to pass the FY2014-15 State budget. Here are the highlights:

Congratulations to Portside Arts Center!

Yesterday, on Pennsylvania Arts Advocacy Day, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) awarded Portside Arts Center with the inaugural "Best of the Best" award for their incredible work in providing after-school arts education to children in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

Recap: Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day

Thank you to everyone who joined GroundSwell, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund to speak up for arts & culture on April 22nd, Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day! Whether you signed our petition, helped us pack City Council chambers for our budget hearing testimony, or joined the #RestoreArtsFundingPHL campaign on Twitter, we were grateful to have your support. City Council needs to know that Philadelphians from every neighborhood care about the arts in Philadelphia, and your support goes a long way in helping us clearly demonstrate the impact we could have if Council restores the PCF budget back to its 2010 level of $3.2 million.

#RestoreArtsFundingPHL on Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day

April 22 is the first-ever Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day! At 6pm on Tuesday, April 22nd the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, will testify in front of City Council urging them to restore the Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s budget back to its pre-recession appropriation of $3.2 million.

Today is Library Advocacy Day!

This morning, the Friends of the Free Library and their supporters gathered at City Hall to advocate for the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Flower Show Legislative Tour and Reception

What do you call it when the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society join forces to host our first ever Flower Show Legislative Tour and Reception? ARTiculture of course!

Do-Gooder Spotlight: Teen Arts Council of PA

The Do-Gooder Spotlight is GroundSwell's semimonthly blog post spreading the word about individuals and organizations working to better their communities.

Today we are giving a shout-out to our friends at the Teen Arts Council of PA!

Tell City Council: #RestoreArtsFundingPHL on Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day

April 22nd is the first-ever Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day and we need arts supporters from across the region to show their support!

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