The Open Lands Protection Ordinance Turns 2!

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance just released a guide to the Open Lands Protection Ordinance, which has been a law in Philadelphia for two years now. The Parks Alliance is aiming to raise awareness about the law and better help members of the public understand its implications on our city parks and green spaces.

Boston Arts Advocate Cites Cultural Alliance Research

Philip W. Lovejoy of the Boston Center for the Arts had an opinion piece in yesterday's Boston Globe calling on the city of Boston to "invest more fully in artistic community" and to do more to retain artists and cultural administrators. 

Thank the SRC for Restoring Instrumental Music in Philly Schools

Public Citzens for Children and Youth (PCCY) is circulating a call for Philadelphia public education supporters to send a collective thank you letter to Dr. William J. Hite, Jr., and the School Reform Commission for restoring instrumental music programs in Philly public schools.

Archive a Greater Philly Summer Memory in the Free Library!

Our August action campaign is in partnership with The Spaces Between Your Fingers project.  SBYF helps people of all ages author and preserve their memories through postcards as a creative, artistic way to symbolically combat the memory-loss of Alzheimer's and dementia. Cards are then archived in the SBYF "memory vault" at the Free Library of Philadelphia so the memories will never be lost.

Save money and Do Something Good for Change.

It's been six months since the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance first launched GroundSwell. In honor of their work so far and to say thanks to supporters, GroundSwell is inviting the public to a summer happy hour in the 2013 PHS Pop-up Garden on Broad Street.

Be Part of #BeTheARTBeat

The Arts Action Fund wants you to share why you love the arts!

Become a GroundSwell Contributing Member and Receive FREE Mann Center Tickets!

GroundSwell contributing members  who donate $25 or more have access to insider benefits and special perks throughout the year, including—for those who purchase before July 26th—four FREE tickets to see the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center on August 1st, 2013.

Cultural Alliance President Tom Kaiden Stepping Down in July

Philadelphia, PA – After 12 years with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the last 3 as President, Tom Kaiden will be stepping down at the end of July to accept a new position as the Chief Operating Officer of the Alexandria (Virginia) Conference & Visitors Association.

Pennsylvania State Budget Update

Late in the day on Sunday, June 30th, Governor Tom Corbett signed a $28.4 billion budget for FY 2013-14 into law. The news for arts, culture and heritage is mixed—funding remained level for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a new line item was added for the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; but PHMC General Government Support was decreased, and we did not see any significant increases in new funding for arts and culture this year.

Advocacy Update: The Fight for PA Public Schools and Arts Education

The PA State Education budget has been cut by $900 million in the last two years, forcing public schools across the state to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including complete elimination of the already diminished art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our region.