CultureWire

CultureWire is the Alliance's blog for arts & culture news, resources, opportunities and more. Get the best of CultureWire in your inbox quarterly by opting in to receive newsletters in your philaculture account settings. 

Member Spotlight

Posted
By
Lauren Gilmore
On
05/24/21
Classroom students engaged in an activity and raising their hands to volunteer

Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) taps the potential of youth and inspires learning through playwriting. With a special emphasis on working with students in the School District of Philadelphia, their Core Program gives students a platform to express themselves through playwriting, which advances literacy skills, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaborative skills. Learn more about PYP’s past year of virtual programs, partnership with the Bloomberg Internship Program, and our future plans on their blog.

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Arts as Infrastructure: How PMAY Shared Resources for the Benefit of Music Educators

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By
Tom Bonner
On
03/25/21

As arts advocates, it can begin to feel like you’re shouting into the void when trying to explain the value of arts and culture. In recent months, the Alliance led a campaign to highlight the importance of the arts as infrastructure. Like power lines and bridges, we said, the arts are critical to our collective health and wealth. But even a metaphor suffers from abstraction. So what do we really mean? This is what we mean:

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Applications for Bloomberg Worksites Now Available

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On
01/22/21

Applications are now available for the 2021 Bloomberg Arts Internship program, a cultural immersion and workforce development initiative of the Alliance funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Every year, we recruit 50 extraordinary high school juniors from Philadelphia public schools for an eight-week program which immerses them in Philadelphia’s rich culture, delivers professional development and college readiness training and provides meaningful internship opportunities at arts and culture organizations across the city.

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Meet An Alliancer: Kate Huffman

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On
07/07/20

Ever wondered what it's like to work at the Cultural Alliance? We'll introduce you to members of our staff! This month the spotlight is on Kate Huffman, our Director of Development and Board Liaison!

Job Title: Director of Development & Board Liaison

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Member Spotlight

Posted
By
Lauren Gilmore
On
01/11/21
Indigenous artist, Tchin, plays a courting flute in front of a little girl with brown pigtails.

We Are the Seeds of CultureTrust is committed to amplifying Indigenous voices through the arts. The organization was founded by a team of Indigenous women who are dedicated to honoring Native arts and cultures as a means to understanding Indigenous peoples, the history of (what is now called) the United States, and who we all are as American people today. We Are the Seeds produces cultural events that feature Indigenous fine art, music, dance, fashion, literary, and culinary art. Additionally, Seeds hosts interactive art programs that focus on educating and empowering the youth.

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Meet An Alliancer: Faith Applegate

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On
07/07/20

Ever wondered what it's like to work at the Cultural Alliance? We'll introduce you to members of our staff! This month the spotlight is on Faith Applegate, our Bloomberg Arts Internship Alumni Ambassador and Communications Intern!

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Member Spotlight

Posted
By
Lauren Gilmore
On
11/13/20
World Fair Display

One might think that remaining closed during the pandemic would mean quiet months. But for the team at Please Touch Museum (PTM), it’s been exactly the opposite. There is a ton of action behind-the-scenes as its team works to “Create the Future of Play” for the children of Philadelphia and beyond. With an eye toward reopening in 2021, PTM is reimagining much of its lower level in historic Memorial Hall with a new gallery, a forthcoming Makerspace and a total reinvention of its most beloved exhibit, The Market.  Read about just a few of the exciting projects that families can look forward to in 2021.  

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Our Journey towards Accessibility and Diversity: The Accessibility and Diversity Initiative

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By
Roberta Johnson and Kabria Rogers
On
09/14/20

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance has been working towards making our sector more accessible, diverse, equitable and inclusive. We started with an internal assessment of our organization in 2016 and created an affinity group to explore Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issues in our sector.

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September 2020 DEI Update

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By
Lauren Gilmore
On
09/14/20

This summer, the Cultural Alliance has continued to follow through on our recommitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work made in our Arts & Culture for Racial Justice statement in early June. On July 13 and 27, the Cultural Alliance hosted two happy hour events for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) members of the arts and culture community in Greater Philadelphia. In August, we facilitated an Anti-Racism Conversation for White Arts Administrators to begin the individual and internal work required to dismantle systemic racism in our sector.

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Member Spotlight

Posted
By
Lauren Gilmore
On
09/11/20
A mother and child with big smile surrounded by ribbon and string

It goes without saying that this is a challenging time for those of dedicated to the live performing arts. At People’s Light, a professional Regional Theatre located in Malvern, PA, their hearts are missing that frisson of live connection. However, they continue to be driven by their commitment to make theatre in a larger sense.  In their mission, People’s Light identifies itself as a cultural and civic center with theatre at its core. Positioned in this way, theatre is the stuff we can create, but also a way of generating space for ongoing civic engagement and dialogue with and for our communities. So while they can’t safely produce plays in this moment, their charge to use artistry and creativity for ongoing civic and community engagement remains. In this article, they offer ways that they have continued to make theatre at People’s Light since the pandemic has taken hold. 

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