Member Spotlight

For 26 years, Asian Arts Initiative has served as an important community anchor providing artists and community members both the physical and creative space to explore complex and topical issues through art. Since their founding in 1993 to address rising racial tensions following the wake of the Rodney King trial verdict and the Los Angeles uprisings, Asian Arts Initiative continues to service their mission to create community through the power of art. Over the years, they have experienced and witnessed the transformative power of art to not only bring diverse groups together, but to bring healing, dialogue, and inspire action towards a more just and equitable society. Today, Asian Arts Initiative provides a wide array of programming to serve artists, youth, and our broader community of Asian/Americans to advance racial equity using art as the driving force of change. To learn more, check out our blog or visit their website and follow them on Instagram/Facebook (@asianartsphilly)!

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Theatre Horizon is a professional theatre located in Norristown, PA - it was founded in 2005 and has become a lauded and award-winning leader in Montgomery County.  Each year they offer a full season of professional productions and reach over 1,000 students through their Theatre School and outreach programs, as well as their pioneering Autism Drama Program. Combined, these programs are the building blocks of the Theatre Horizon community in which all participants are encouraged to grow. They have spent the last 13 years - through education programs, community forums, post-show discussions, and productions of the highest artistic caliber designed to engage audiences and create conversation - building a space where their audiences can come together to understand unfamiliar perspectives, discuss common struggles, and simply enjoy a good story side by side. Learn more in their blog post!

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PhillyCAM is a community media center that operates the City of Philadelphia’s public access cable television channel and is the license holder of the low power FM radio station WPPM 106.5 FM.  PhillyCAM is a facilitator, creator, aggregator, and distributor of hyper local media that reflects Philadelphia’s cultural diversity.  We are the only regional non-commercial media outlet devoted entirely to the teaching, creation and distribution of locally-produced media content on cable television, online and on FM radio.  

Our mission is to bring together the people of Philadelphia to make and share media that promotes creative expression, democratic values and civic participation. Anyone who lives or works in the greater Philadelphia region can become a PhillyCAM member and receive free to low cost access to video and audio production training and distribute non-commercial content on our platforms.

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The National Museum of American Jewish History, located on historic Independence Mall in Philadelphia, brings to life the more than 360-year history of Jews in America. Tracing the stories of how Jewish immigrants became Jewish Americans, the Museum invites visitors of all backgrounds to share their own stories and reflect on how their histories and identities shape and are shaped by the American experience. An open door for all, NMAJH honors the past and contributes to a better future by sharing the power of imagination and ideas, culture and community, leadership and service, in ways that turn inspiration into action.

Accessibility & Diversity Initiative

In July 2018, we set out to reduce barriers to participation, promote organizations of color and foster industry standards of inclusivity and diversity as part of our new Accessibility & Diversity Initiative (A/D Initiative).

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Leeway Foundation
Denise Brown, Executive Director
http://leeway.org

The Leeway Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports women, trans and gender nonconforming artists and cultural producers working at the intersection of art and social justice in Greater Philadelphia and offers two public grants annually. They are committed to the sustainability of artists lives and the lives of their communities, and it is for this reason that they partner with arts organizations to offer residency opportunities to existing grantees. Throughout the year, Leeway also presents free skill-building workshops and public events that elevate our grantees and the work we exist to support. Learn more about them and how you can help them celebrate their 25th anniversary on our blog!

New Member Spotlight: Welcome, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts!

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts (PCC) has a rich 53 year history in the Philadelphia jazz community.  The PCC is a cultural organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the legacy of jazz, primarily through music education, public performance, and talent development.  Having educated over 50,000 students in its 23-year history on the Avenue of the Arts, the PCC has sent some of its students to Berklee College of Music and across the U.S. to perform among some of the nation’s most skilled musicians through the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Learn more about them and their exciting PNC Arts Alive Jazz Cultural Voices a series of concerts and educational activities happening this season by checking out the blog!

Cultural Alliance Internal Bias Scan Findings

The Cultural Alliance’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative, which we launched at the 2016 Annual Meeting, took a major step forward last month with the release of the findings of an internal bias scan.

Our Implicit Bias Scan Begins

This past fall we announced the launch of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Affinity Group and future plans to conduct an implicit bias scan of our external programming and internal practices. We are happy to announce that we have selected Rosalyn J. McPherson and The ROZ Group as our consultant for this project.

Recap of #PHLArtsDiversity Chat with Monica Montgomery

On Monday, September 19, we held a Twitter Chat around #PHLArtsDiversity ahead of Monica Montgomery's keynote speech around "Embracing Diversity" at our annual meeting on September 26.

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