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CultureWire | March 2024

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Mural Arts Philadelphia is celebrating their 40th anniversary with "Roots & Reimagination," a series of events across the city. Pictured: The Past Supporting the Future © 2022 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Chenlin Cai, Eurhi Jones, Yvonne Lung, The Crane Building, 1001 Vine Street. Photo by Steve Weinik.


Arts & Culture in the News

  • Between rising costs, reduced funding, and evolving audiences, Philadelphia’s regional theaters are facing “a perfect storm of challenges.” Patricia Wilson Aden, the Cultural Alliance’s President and CEO, weighs in on The Fight To Keep Philly’s Theater Scene Alive in Philadelphia Magazine

  • “There is something about melody, music, and art that allows us to feel our human oneness” said Mayor Cherelle Parker at an event held for the renaming of Verizon Hall in honor of Philadelphia musician and Civil Rights activist Marian Anderson. Read more of the Mayor's comments on arts and culture as "part of the nucleus" for the city's success in The Philadelphia Inquirer.  

  • The White House sponsored a conference to explore the arts as an instrument for problem-solving. Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, the National Endowment for the Arts chair, called the event an “unprecedented opportunity” to "explore some of the things that are possible when one thinks of the arts as not being confined to a narrow sector, but woven and integrated into other things we care about.” Read more on AP News.

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on 2023 tourism statistics from Visit Philly and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau which show that 42.9 million people visited the Philadelphia region last year and spent $7.8 billion in the areaRead more.  

  • Our President and CEO Patricia Wilson Aden was recognized by City & State as one of Pennsylvania's top 100 Black Trailblazers alongside many incredible professionals across a diverse range of sectors. See the full list here.  

Updates from the Cultural Alliance

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PA CultureCheck results are here! A partnership between the Cultural Alliance and PA Humanities, this study was conducted to continue tracking post-pandemic recovery and to take a deeper look at the ways in which organizations are engaging with their communities. See the full results on our website and find a highlight below in Arts and Culture by the Numbers.



We saw an incredible response to this year’s Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) with 357 applicants; that's more than double the amount of applications in 2023! BAI is Philadelphia’s leading arts internship that pairs students with local arts and culture organizations to gain paid, real-world work experience. Applications for interns are now closed, but applications for nonprofit arts and culture organizations to participate as a worksite are open through March 30. Worksites receive a $1,000 stipend per intern placed with their organization! Learn more about becoming a worksite. Additionally, we are hiring for a Creative Youth Development Coordinator to support the program this summer. Learn more and apply



Applications for the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program (CEAP) are now open! A program from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, CEAP provides creative entrepreneurs who aspire to start their own for-profit business, or who operate an existing for-profit micro business, with access to small business consulting services and financial resources. Visit our website to learn more or register to join the next virtual Information Session on March 12 at 6:00 p.m.



We are pleased to announce the awardees of the 2023-2024 Creative Sector Flex Fund, a program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In this round of funding, 80 small organizations received a total of $400,000 in grants to support arts and culture across Southeastern Pennsylvania. Congratulations to all of the recipients! See the full list of awardees.


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Arts & Culture by the Numbers

Our latest PA CultureCheck survey with PA Humanities proves that the arts are an integral part of Philadelphia communities. 95% of respondents partner with community organizations, addressing issues like education, access and inclusion, youth development, and mental health and wellness. See the full research report here.

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Job Bank

The Cultural Alliance’s Job Bank is Greater Philadelphia's top resource for job opportunities in arts and culture. You’ll find positions at all professional levels in museums, theaters, historic sites, art galleries, dance studios, community centers, and much more. Keep reading for the most recent listings from Member organizations.


Community Engagement and Marketing Manager (PT) at Artcinia. This position plays a crucial role in increasing access to the performing arts in the city of Philadelphia. You will be responsible for designing and implementing audience-centered marketing strategies across a variety of channels, actively engaging with diverse communities, and serving as a public representative of the organization. This forward-facing position encompasses both community engagement and marketing functions and requires active collaboration with the Co-Founder and other members of the organization. Learn more.




Want to connect to candidates? The Cultural Alliance’s Job Bank has 60,000+ views each month. Job listings are free for Cultural Alliance Members and start at just $95 for non-Members. Learn more.

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