Ask State Legislators to Fund Public Schools and Protect Art & Music Programs!

We've been advocating at the city level to save the School District of Philadelphia from extreme budget cuts, but the education crisis isn't limited to just the city. Time is running out for our public schools—send an email to your State legislators today.

Northeast High School Band Students Stand up for Music Ed at City Council

Marching band members of Northeast High School braved the rain to rally at City Hall this morning with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), playing a mix of patriotic and pep songs in the courtyard.

New Cultural Cabinet Expands Alliance's Advocacy Network

Last month the Cultural Alliance officially launched the Cultural Cabinet, a new group of leadership donors and advocates who support and advance the Alliance's advocacy strategies.

Watch: "Be A Superhero" by Samantha Ashok

On June 6th, GroundSwell and PCCY screened "Be A Superhero," Masterman senior and Clay Studio intern Samantha Ashok's claymation video demonstrating the importance of arts in schools, for City Councilmembers Wilson Goode, Jr. and Curtis Jones. DVD copies were also delivered to the other members of Council. Watch Samantha's video after the jump.

Standing up For Arts Education at City Hall with Councilmen Jones and Goode

We were at City Hall with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) again today for the latest in our ongoing series of actions to speak up in support of arts education and secure funding for Philadelphia public schools. As you know, The School District of Philadelphia has asked City Council to provide an additional $60 million to schools in next year's budget, and without this additional funding, Philadelphia public schools will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including eliminating art and music programs.

Goode and Jones Receive Hero Capes for Support of Education and Arts in Schools

June 06, 2013, Philadelphia, PA – At 9:30 AM on June 6, students, parents and advocates gathered at City Council for a show of creativity in support of public education and keeping arts and music in Philadelphia schools, and to present Concilpersons Curtis Jones, Jr. and W. Wilson Goode, Jr. with Arts Education Superhero capes for their outspoken support for keeping arts and music education in Philadelphia’s public schools.

Ask City Council to Support Public Schools and Protect Art & Music Programs!

The PA state education budget is in crisis, having been cut by $1 billion since 2010.  Locally, the cuts have financially distressed the School District of Philadelphia, which has asked City Council for an additional $60 million for next year’s budget. Without this additional funding, Philadelphia public schools will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including eliminating the art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our city. Let City Council know they need to find a way to fund our schools!

GroundSwell and PCCY Stand up for Arts Education at City Council on May 16!

Arts Education Hero capes were presented to Councilpersons María Quiñones-Sánchez and Blondell Reynolds Brown, and students put on a singing performance.

Success! The GroundSwell & Penn Museum Book Drive for Philadelphia READS Has Come to a Close

The numbers are in, and we collected 752 books at our Center City drop-off point alone! Our partners at the Penn Museum, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art and the Office of Community and Public Affairs at Penn are still counting their books, but the numbers are looking good so far—we're ready to call this campaign a success!

Recap of the GroundSwell Clean-up of Clark Park!

GroundSwell volunteers joined the Friends of Clark Park on LOVE Your Park Spring Service Day for a morning of planting, mulching and raking to fortify and beautify Clark Park for the spring and summer seasons.