Where to Find Arts & Culture Events, Exhibits and Deals During the DNC

The Democratic National Convention takes over Philadelphia this week, and the city is putting a spotlight on arts and culture! Here are the details on all the major arts & culture events, exhibitions, and more during the DNC, including the Broad Street Stages pop-up performances presented by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Avenue of the Arts Inc. and the DNC local Host Committee.

Arts & Culture Community Applauds City Council for Soda Tax Decision

Philadelphia, PA — On Thursday, June 16, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance joined supporters of education, parks, rec centers and libraries in applauding City Council’s 13-4 vote in favor of the Sugary Beverage Tax.

Arts advocates throughout the city have strongly supported this effort, with more than 100 people reaching out to City Council members via the Alliance’s GroundSwell advocacy and community engagement program during the final 48 hours before the vote.

Shining the Spotlight on Arts & Culture at the DNC

The Cultural Alliance is partnering with the local Host Committee for this summer's Democratic National Convention to highlight Philadelphia's amazing cultural assets in special pop-up public art projects, performances and other creative activities. Learn how your organization can take part.

Things We Love: Using DataArts Reports for Advocacy

Headquartered in Philadelphia, DataArts (formerly Cultural Data Project) provides arts research and insight that takes advocacy to the next level. Our Director of Policy & Community Engagement, Anne Marie Rhoades, tells us why she loves DataArts reports and how she uses the data to reach elected officials.

UPDATE: Arts Advocacy Season 2016

Spring means advocacy season for the arts, as legislators debate city and state budgets that will impact arts education, arts in recreation, grant funding and more. Nationally, pro-artist revenue and economic development policies are being discussed in congressional committees along with a possible increase in funding for the NEA.

Go Forth By Phone and National Arts Advocacy Days Recap

On Tuesday, March 8, GroundSwell and Artistic Rebuttal Project partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to host Go Forth by Phone, a phone bank for arts advocates who were unable to attend National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

Support the Arts -- Join us in Advocating for the Arts Today!

Today, GroundSwell and Artistic Rebuttal Project are hosting our third annual “Go Forth by Phone” phone bank event for those who can't make the trip to Washington, DC for National Arts Advocacy Day. We’re very excited this year to be in the center of the action at the Philadelphia Flower Show -- we even have a table set up in the middle of the show to encourage attendees to advocate for the arts!

Mayor Kenney's budget proposal includes bold plans

In the official Mayoral address to City Council on Thursday, March 3, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney proposed a budget of more than $4 billion that relies heavily on a sugary drinks tax but, in a welcome change from recent years, includes maintained funding for two major arts entities.

People’s Emergency Center Breaks Ground on New Apartments for Low-Income Artists

The new project will provide affordable housing for low-income artists who are essential to the Lower Lancaster Avenue’s identity

State Budget Update

While the state budget for 2015-2016 is still incomplete, Governor Wolf has strategically authorized earned income tax credits for cultural organizations, as well as portions of a budget bill. Read more in our blog post for more information and stay tuned for more updates!