Member Spotlight

Spiral Q is a 25 year old arts and justice nonprofit that unleashes the power of art to connect people, actions, values, neighborhoods, organizations, and movements to each other and to their collective creative force for change. They work with up to 100 diverse partners annually, prioritizing disenfranchised communities whose residents are systematically oppressed due to race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic, and sexual identities. They are artists, educators, and cultural workers partnering with schools, youth service providers, CBOs, cultural centers, AIDS service and advocacy groups, LGBTQIA+ groups, advocates for the unhoused, addiction recovery centers, and mental health providers. Spiral Q knows their communities to be culturally rich in tradition, heritage and strong social bonds. Their neighborhood and city-wide partners are committed collaborators and informational resources that guide our work along with their team of talented teaching artists who demonstrate high quality teaching artistry and share their creativity and experience as thought-partners.

[Virtual] Making the Case for the Arts (Now More Than Ever)

Making the Case for the Arts (Now More Than Ever)

A compelling case for support – a clear and convincing rationale for why a donor should support you – is a messaging tool that every organization needs in its toolkit. Articulating your value is important in the best of times, but in anxious times, it’s critical. Your donors already believe in your mission. In a crisis, they want to understand how you – and their philanthropic dollars – will make the world a better place.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Releases Its Latest Research Report: “Beyond the Check: A Roadmap for Engaging Individual Donors”

The new report looks at what motivates donors to give to arts and culture and what organizations should be doing to better engage high-net-worth donors

PHILADELPHIA – April 9, 2018 – The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance unveiled today its most recent research report, “Beyond the Check: A Roadmap for Engaging Individual Donors,” to a sold-out audience of executive directors and board chairs from major regional cultural nonprofits.

Beyond the Check: A Roadmap for Engaging Individual Donors

Beyond the Check is the Cultural Alliance’s first look at giving to arts and culture by high-net-worth individuals in our region. With The Melior Group and AFE Strategies, the Alliance explored the disconnect between the wealth in Greater Philadelphia and the declining support for the cultural sector. The research included a comprehensive literature review, a survey to donors of our member organizations and 13 interviews with high-net-worth philanthropists who do not support the arts.

Local Theater Company Wins $20,000 at Philly Tech Week

Philadelphia, PA—On Friday, April 29, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance hosted its second annual TechniCulture event as part of Philly Tech Week. The core of the event was a competition between local cultural organizations who have been engaged since fall 2015 in the TechniCulture Innovation Residencies, evaluating solutions for their digital needs. The participating organizations (Tiny Dynamite, Christ Church Preservation Trust, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights) each presented their work for a chance to receive $20,000 in funding from The Barra Foundation.

98 Local Arts Groups Received Over $90,000 in Grants at Oct. 9 Ceremony

Philadelphia, PA--On October 9, 2015, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance distributed $94,754 in Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Project Stream grants at an award ceremony held at PECO’s Energy Hall.

Cultural Alliance Launches Teen Arts & Culture Internship Program with WorkReady, Bloomberg Philanthropies

May 28, Philadelphia, PA -- Today during STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly) on the Parkway, a blockbuster event for Philadelphia teens presented by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy announced a landmark new program for teen workforce development.

2014 Patron Loyalty Study

The 2014 Patron Loyalty Study: Loyalty By the Numbers, examines the financial transactions (including tickets, memberships and donations) of almost a million Greater Philadelphia households, using seven years of data from 17 major cultural attractions in the region. One of the key findings of the report is that, despite the sector’s focus on developing new audiences, the erosion of current audience loyalty represents one of the most significant financial risk for cultural groups. The study found that less than 3% of patrons generated over 62% of total patron revenue. However, spending by this small but powerful group of patrons declined12 % throughout the study, driven by a decline in primarily donor activity/revenue.

Cultural Alliance Invites Philadelphians to Support Teens Participating in Arts & Creativity, Invest in STAMP

Philadelphia, 2014—On Tuesday, December 2, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance will participate in the nationwide #GivingTuesday campaign to raise additional funds for STAMP: The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Teen Program.

Philadelphia Cultural Fund Receives $1.3 Million Budget Increase

Plans Include Reinstating Youth Arts Enrichment Grants for Philly Students

PHILADELPHIA—June 20, 2014—Philadelphia's arts and cultural sector can officially claim a win on the FY2015 budget for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. On June 19, City Council approved an amended FY2015 city budget that includes a $1.3 million increase for PCF grantmaking, bringing its budget for grantmaking to $2.9 million and its total budget to $3.14 million. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign the budget into law within the next two weeks.