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Advocacy Toolkit: #FundPHLArts

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What’s at stake?

Six months ago, in December 2022, members of our cultural community widely applauded Philadelphia City Council’s decision to allocate an additional $2 million dollars to PCF in the Mid-Year Transfer, increasing PCF’s FY23 budget from $3.5 to $5.5 million. The allocation represented an investment in Philadelphia’s cultural sector, providing a much-needed infusion of funds as arts and culture organizations across the city struggled to rebound from pandemic.  

We can’t go back! In 2022, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund awarded 282 grants to cultural organizations with budgets under $1.5 million. Together, these organizations contributed over $25 million to our local economy. Investing in PCF and the organizations it funds sparks the vitality of our commercial corridors, enriches the lives of our children, and leverages the economic success of our tourism and other allied industries.

Action Steps

Join the Cultural Alliance as we appeal to members of City Council to reinstate funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund at $5.5 million in the FY24 City Budget.

  1. Take action! Use our Action Center to email City Council today and tell them to #FundPHLArts.
  2. Sign up for arts advocacy alerts for regular updates from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s advocacy team.
  3. Spread the word about #FundPHLArts and share information on social media. Check out the toolkit below for suggested language.
  4. Donate to support our advocacy efforts with a monthly or one-time donation.

#FundPHLArts Social Media Toolkit

Join the Cultural Alliance as we appeal to members of City Council to reinstate funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund at $5.5 million in the FY24 City Budget -- it can be a video, photo or something else! Get creative -- highlight your or your organization’s work or download one of our graphics below!

Download these graphics to show your support for the campaign:

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Twitter: @philaculture
Hashtag: #FundPHLArts
  • District 5/Council President - Councilmember Darrell L. Clark @Darrell_Clarke
  • District 1/Deputy Majority Whip - Councilmember Mark Squilla @CMMarkSquilla
  • District 2 - Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson @CouncilmemberKJ 
  • District 3 - Councilmember Jamie Gauthier @councilmemberJG
  • District 4 - Councilmember Curtis Jones, Jr. @Mr_4thDistrict (Twitter),  @mr4thdistrict (Instagram)
  • District 7 - Councilmember Quetcy Lozada @councilmemberquetcy (Instagram)
  • District 8 - Councilmember Cindy Bass  @cindybassphilly (Twitter) @cindybassphilly (Instagram) 
  • District 9 - Councilmember Anthony Phillips @phillips4philly (Twitter) @phillips4philly (Instagram)
  • District 10 - Councilmember Brian J. O'Neill @oneill4NEphilly (Twitter only)
  • At-Large - Councilmember Kendra Brooks @kendraPHL (Twitter), @kendraphlcouncil (Instagram)
  • At-Large - Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson @councilwomanKGR 
  • At-Large - Councilmember Isaiah Thomas @CMThomasPHL, @isaiahthomas4philly (Instagram)
  • At-Large - Councilmember Sharon Vaughn @CMSharonVaughn (Twitter) @councilmembersharonvaughn (Instagram)
  • At-Large - Councilmember Jim Harrity @councilmember_jim.harrity (Instagram), @CM_JimHarrity (Twitter)

Posts for urging City Council to Increase PCF by $2 Million to $5.5 Million: 

  • I’m joining the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in requesting $5.5M in the Philadelphia Cultural Fund! Learn more with me on @philaculture ‘s website:  | #fundPHLarts
  • Join me and the Cultural Alliance in calling on City Council to support a $2 million increase in the City Budget to fund the Philadelphia Cultural Fund at $5.5 million this fiscal year. With @philaculture #fundPHLarts. Learn more: