Arts Advocates Win Fight to Maintain Cultural Fund Budget

Philadelphia — Despite the threat of a proposed 40% cut to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) in the City’s FY2016 budget, Philadelphia's arts and cultural community can officially claim a win this budget season. Led by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s GroundSwell program, arts advocates successfully influenced City Council to protect the budget for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund in FY2016.

Recap: 2015 Cultural Cabinet Annual Reception

On June 4, over 80 individuals, including civic and business leaders as well as representatives from Philadelphia's cultural sector, gathered for the the two-year anniversary of the Cultural Cabinet to celebrate the tremendous work accomplished in and for our region's cultural sector. The reception was held at the beautiful Center City home of Cultural Cabinet members Ajay and Pamela Raju.

Students to Make Third Plea to City Council to Protect Budget for Arts Education

Philadelphia—On Thursday, June 11, GroundSwell (a program of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance) and Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) will organize a group of public school students in demonstrations at City Hall, asking City Council members to commit to $105 million for schools and arts education in the FY2016 City budget. 

Arts Education Advocacy Days in City Hall

This year's Arts Education Advocacy Days will be held on May 27, June 4 and June 11 and on each of these days we want to flood social media with messages about the importance of arts education in schools!

PCCY Arts Education Advocacy Days in City Hall

Our struggling public schools and arts ed programs need $105 million to survive next year. Join GroundSwell and PCCY's Piccasso Project in giving City Council the tools to paint a better picture for our students and teachers.

Help us pack the house for public testimony in support of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund!

On Thursday, May 21st, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance President, Maud Lyon will be testifying during a City Council budget hearing to make the case for maintaining the budget for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Where Do the Mayoral Candidates Stand on Issues Relating to Arts and Parks?

On Wednesday, April 22 at the Free Library of Philadelphia, GroundSwell and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance co-hosted a Mayoral Forum to address the role parks and arts play in the City of Philadelphia. In the midst of this crucial election for our city, the candidates discussed how they plan on supporting arts & culture and parks & recreation should they be elected Mayor.

PA Arts & Culture Legislative Visits Day

On Tuesday, May 12, GroundSwell will join Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network for PA Arts & Cultural Legislative Visits Day. We will take 50 advocates from Southeastern Pennsylvania to Harrisburg to meet with their elected officials and discuss the importance of arts education in the Commonwealth. We only have room for 50 attendees, so register today!

Today is the Day, Join us for a Mayoral Forum on Arts and Parks!

GroundSwell and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance will co-host a Mayoral Forum on Arts and Parks in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Registration begins at 5pm. Forum from 5:45-7:30pm.

Last Chance to Register for the Arts & Parks Forum

Today, April 20, is the last day to register to vote and the last day to pre-register for the Arts & Parks Mayoral Forum and we want to make sure you do both! For Pennsylvanians, today is the last chance to register to vote in the May 19th primary.