GroundSwell is committed to showcasing how the arts positively impact our communities, and Philadelphia’s vast collection of public art is an integral part of the Philadelphia landscape that enhances our surroundings and is part of the fabric of the city! Each week we will spotlight one of the great pieces of public art that lives in our city. Today, we spotlight Philadelphia’s “Symbiosis” sculpture by Roxy Paine.

Grant Assistance 101 – 2015 Picasso Project Workshop

Are you an artist, teacher, or community member looking to apply for the 2015 Picasso Project Grant? Visit Black and Nobel Bookstore (1409 W. Erie Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140) today 4:00 – 5:30PM for workshop assistance on how to apply for the grant.

Penn Museum Launches New Free Program for 7th Graders

On Tuesday, October 21, the Penn Museum announced a new partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), and Mastery Charter Schools.

Grant Opportunity: Weinberg Family Internship Fund

The Weinberg Family Internship Fund is a Donor-Advised Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation. The Fund is offering grants to support nonprofit organizations to provide internship stipends to qualified undergraduate and/or graduate college students. The intent is to provide support for students who might otherwise need to seek paid employment in another industry.

The Annual Meeting is Finally HERE!

2014 Annual Member Meeting & Reception
Monday, October 20, 2014
Franklin Institute 

Join your colleagues, supporters of the arts and cultural sector and the board and staff of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for our Annual Member Meeting & Reception. This year we will share our most recent research, the 2014 Portfolio.generously supported by PNC. 

Tickets will be sold at the door, $25 for Non-member


Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards 2014

Get ready for a day that honors the arts! The Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards return this Sunday, September 28 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and this year’s Distinguished Arts Award will be given to Philadelphia composer, Jennifer Higdon! will feature a special exhibit of Indiana area award-winning youth art. The artwork will be featured as part of the Governor’s Arts Awards.

DO-GOODER Spotlight: SpARC Philly

The Do-Gooder Spotlight is GroundSwell's 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 SpArc Philadelphia!

Submit Your Student Programs to the School District of Philadelphia Partnership Census

The Cultural Alliance is partnering with the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the School District of Philadelphia to make sure that all cultural organizations that currently serve Philadelphia schoolchildren are counted in the Office's Partnerships Census.


Lil' Filmmakers is a West Philly based non-profit media and performing arts organization geared to train youth and teens to conceive, develop and produce movies. The mission of the organization is to transform young people into artists, thinkers, and socially responsible community leaders.

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Celebrates A+ Art Exhibit!

This past Thursday, September 18, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) partnered with the Philadelphia School District and Blick Art Materials to host its fall exhibition, A+ Art in the Art Gallery at City Hall. As a result of this partnership, During the event Blick Art Materials will donate $15,000 worth of gift cards to the 23 participating schools to purchase materials for their art classes!