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  • Thank Your State Representatives for Their Support of Arts & Culture in Pennsylvania

    Last month, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a $32.9 billion budget, which is the first one in four years to be in place before the June 30 deadline. Included in that budget were a $9.59 million line item for Grants to the Arts and a $2 million line item for Historical and Museum Support.

    The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts funds nonprofit arts and culture organizations in every county of Pennsylvania and provides access to quality arts programming to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

    Please take two minutes and send an email to your state Senators and Representatives to thank them for their support and to remind them how important state funding for the arts is.

  • Thank Your Legislators for your Program Stream Grant!

    Congratulations to the 2017 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program Stream grantees!

    Program Stream offers general operating support to arts organizations and arts programs with an established history of support from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

    The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is the regional partner administering the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts PPA Program Stream in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

    Please take a few minutes to thank your organization's district legislator for their support for Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The letter is already written and all you have to do is fill in your name and hit send. Feel free to add your own personal message too!

  • Thank Your Legislators for your Project Stream Grant!

    Congratulations to the 2017 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Stream grantees! In 2017, 71 projects from the Philadelphia region were funded with more than $95,000 in grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' (PCA) Partners in the Arts program.

    The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is the regional partner administering the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts PPA Project Stream in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

    Please take a few minutes to thank your organization's district legislator for their support for Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The letter is already written and all you have to do is fill in your name and hit send. Feel free to add your own personal message too!

  • President Trump Proposes to Eliminate Federal Arts Funding Again

    On Monday, February 13, the President once again announced his plans to eliminate the NEA, NEH, IMLS and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    The White House does not determine how federal dollars are spent: Congress has the responsibility to fund programs and agencies. We will continue to update you as this budget progresses on the federal level.

    Please use the form below to contact your US Representative and US Senators on Arts Advocacy Day to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect!

  • President Trump Proposes to Eliminate Federal Arts Funding Again

    On Monday February 13, the President once again announced his plans to eliminate the NEA, NEH, IMLS and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    The White House does not determine how federal dollars are spent: Congress has the responsibility to fund programs and agencies. We will continue to update you as this budget progresses on the federal level.

    Please use the form below to contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect!

  • President Trump Proposes to Eliminate Federal Arts Funding Again

    On Monday February 13, the President once again announced his plans to eliminate the NEA, NEH, IMLS and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    The White House does not determine how federal dollars are spent: Congress has the responsibility to fund programs and agencies. We will continue to update you as this budget progresses on the federal level.

    Please use the form below to contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect!

  • Arts Advocates Needed to Fight Tax Reform Vote

    The tax reform bill is in its final stages and we need you to take action TODAY.

    The president could sign the bill into law as soon as Wednesday. While the nonprofit sector gained an important win last week by ensuring the repeal of the Johnson Amendment was left off the final tax bill, we still remain opposed to the bill.

    What’s at stake in the bill:

    • The bill increases the burden on vulnerable and middle-class people. Analyses by the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office show that the bill will increase taxes on households earning less than $75,000 in 10 years and jeopardize their healthcare coverage.
    • Charitable giving will decrease by billions of dollars, eliminating services for those who need them the most. Without creating a universal deduction in response to the doubling of the standard deduction, more than 90 percent of taxpayers will not have access to the charitable deduction. This will reduce charitable giving by up to $20 billion a year, according to the Tax Policy Center.
    • Hundreds of thousands of nonprofit jobs will be lost. A recent analysis by George Washington University found that tax reform’s impact on giving will result in a loss of at least 220,000 jobs in the charitable community alone.

    The time to take action is now. American philanthropy was born right here in Philadelphia so we ask you to protect the nonprofit sector, our neighbors and our communities by urging your Members of Congress to vote “no” today.

  • Arts Advocates Needed to Fight Tax Reform Vote

    Yesterday we celebrated #GivingTuesday and the power of individual philanthropy to improve our communities, but as early as tomorrow morning the Senate will vote on a tax reform bill that could permanently cripple the nonprofit community’s ability to serve the Greater Philadelphia region.

    As it stands today, the Senate bill delivers tax cuts to corporations by raising taxes on nonprofits and low- and middle-income families. This bill increases the tax burden on many of our audiences, decreases the incentive for the charitable giving that sustains our sector, and stands to put hundreds of thousands of nonprofit jobs at risk.

    This fight will come down to just a couple of Senators, and the time to take action is now. American philanthropy was born right here in Philadelphia so we ask you to protect the nonprofit sector, our neighbors and our communities by urging your Senators to vote no on tax reform tomorrow.

  • Invite Your City Council Representatives to Visit Your Cultural Institution

     

    Use the letter below to invite your representatives from City Council to visit your cultural institution! This is a great opportunity for arts and culture organizations to show our city’s representatives all that the arts do for our city.

    Questions? Need additional help reaching your legislators? Let us know.


    Please customize the message below:

  • Tell Your Legislators to Keep Funding for the PA Council on the Arts in the Budget

    Please use the form below to ask your state senator and representative to support state arts funding and pass a General Fund Budget that explicitly includes a $9.59 million line item for Grants to the Arts and a $2 million line item for grants from the Historical and Museum Commission.

    We’ve written a draft to send to your senator and representative. Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect.

     
  • Tell Your Representatives to #SaveTheArts

    On May 23, the White House released its complete budget request for FY 2018, which maintains the termination of federal arts funding, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Also slated for elimination are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and  Assistance for Arts Education.

    The White House does not determine how federal dollars are spent: Congress has the responsibility to fund programs and agencies.  We will continue to update you as this budget progresses on the federal level.

    Please use the form below to contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect!  

  • Tell Your Representatives to #SaveTheArts
    On May 23, the White House released its complete budget request for FY 2018, which maintains the termination of federal arts funding, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Also slated for elimination are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and  Assistance for Arts Education.

    The White House does not determine how federal dollars are spent: Congress has the responsibility to fund programs and agencies.  We will continue to update you as this budget progresses on the federal level.

    Please use the form below to contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect!  

  • Tell Your Representatives to #SaveTheArts
    On May 23, the White House released its complete budget request for FY 2018, which maintains the termination of federal arts funding, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Also slated for elimination are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and  Assistance for Arts Education.

    The White House does not determine how federal dollars are spent: Congress has the responsibility to fund programs and agencies.  We will continue to update you as this budget progresses on the federal level.

    Please use the form below to contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect!  

  • Tell Your Senator to Keep Funding for the PA Council on the Arts in the Budget

    Did you know that the line item for grants to the arts doesn't appear in the PA House Budget bill for next year?

    Yes, both Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for FY 2017-18 and the appropriations bill passed by the House recommend level funding for grants to the arts at $9.59 million (PA Council on the Arts) and $2 million for cultural and historical support through the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

    However, neither of these programs has been included directly in either budget, making them easier to fully remove in the future.

    The House bill now rests in the PA Senate Appropriations Committee. Please contact your State Senator to ask that these line items be restored to the General Fund Appropriations Bill.

    We’ve written a draft to send to your senators. Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect.

  • Tell Your Senator to Keep Funding for the PA Council on the Arts in the Budget

    Did you know that the line item for grants to the arts doesn't appear in the PA House Budget bill for next year?

    Yes, both Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for FY 2017-18 and the appropriations bill passed by the House recommend level funding for grants to the arts at $9.59 million (PA Council on the Arts) and $2 million for cultural and historical support through the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

    However, neither of these programs has been included directly in either budget, making them easier to fully remove in the future.

    The House bill now rests in the PA Senate Appropriations Committee. Please contact your State Senator to ask that these line items be restored to the General Fund Appropriations Bill.

    We’ve written a draft to send to your senators. Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect.

  • Statement in Support of Federal Cultural Funding

     

  • FringeA-Thon Artists' Statement in Support of Federal Cultural Funding

     

  • Tell Your Senator to Keep Funding for the PA Council on the Arts in the Budget

    Did you know that the line item for grants to the arts doesn't appear in the PA House Budget bill for next year?

    Yes, both Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for FY 2017-18 and the appropriations bill passed by the House recommend level funding for grants to the arts at $9.59 million (PA Council on the Arts) and $2 million for cultural and historical support through the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

    However, neither of these programs has been included directly in either budget, making them easier to fully remove in the future.

    The House bill now rests in the PA Senate Appropriations Committee. Please contact your State Senator to ask that these line items be restored to the General Fund Appropriations Bill.

    We’ve written a draft to send to your senators. Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect.

  • Take Action: Send a #SaveTheArts Email to Your Federal Legislators Today

    April 28 is the deadline for Congress to pass a Continuing Resolution allowing the government to continue spending money, including federal arts funding. The Administration has called on Congress to strip $30 million in funding to the NEA and the NEH in the FY17 Continuing Resolution.

    Today we need your help by sending emails to your representatives in DC. Preventing any FY17 cuts now to federal arts funding is the best way to ensure that funding continues in FY18.

    We’ve written a draft to send to your representatives asking them to not cut this funding in FY17. Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect.

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    Today is #PAArtsDay, and members of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and advocates from across the state are meeting with our state legislators in Harrisburg to tell them how important the arts are to the Commonwealth.

    You also have the chance to speak up for the arts by sending the email below to your state senators and representatives. The email (we have a draft all written for you!) asks them to support the arts and urges them to include funding for the arts and museums as part of the General Fund appropriation.

    The email will automatically send to all your legislators at once.

    Please take a few minutes to customize the subject line and the letter before sending—customized emails have a greater impact!

     
  • Tell PA Legislators to Support the Arts Today!

    Today is #PAArtsDay, and members of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and advocates from across the state are meeting with our state legislators in Harrisburg to tell them how important the arts are to the Commonwealth.

    You also have the chance to speak up for the arts by sending the email below to your state senators and representatives. The email (we have a draft all written for you!) asks them to support the arts and urges them to include funding for the arts and museums as part of the General Fund appropriation.

    The email will automatically send to all your legislators at once.

    Please take a few minutes to customize the subject line and the letter before sending—customized emails have a greater impact!

     
  • Artists' Statement in Support of Federal Cultural Funding

     

  • Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
    Statement in Support of NEA, NEH, IMLS, and CPB

     

  • Tell Your Representatives to #SaveTheArts on #ArtsAdvocacyDay

    On Thursday, March 16, the President officially announced his plans to eliminate the NEA, NEH, IMLS and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy and the home of some of our country’s greatest cultural icons. We can be the home of the resistance to this threat to America’s arts and culture as well.

    Please use the form below to contact your US Representative and US senators on Arts Advocacy Day to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect! 

  • Tell Your Representatives to #SaveTheArts on #ArtsAdvocacyDay

    On Thursday, March 16, the President officially announced his plans to eliminate the NEA, NEH, IMLS and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy and the home of some of our country’s greatest cultural icons. We can be the home of the resistance to this threat to America’s arts and culture as well.

    Please use the form below to contact your US Representative and US senators on Arts Advocacy Day to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect! 

  • Tell Your Representatives to #SaveTheArts

    On Thursday March 16, the President officially announced his plans to eliminate the NEA, NEH, IMLS and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    Please use the form below to contact your US Representative and US senators to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect! 

  • Tell Your Representatives to #SaveTheArts

    On Thursday, March 16, the President officially announced his plans to eliminate the NEA, NEH, IMLS and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy and the home of some of our country’s greatest cultural icons. We can be the home of the resistance to this threat to America’s arts and culture as well.

    Please use the form below to contact your US Representative and US senators to tell them to support the arts and urge the President not to eliminate these vital programs essential to the arts community in our region.

    Take a few moments to customize this letter's subject and body--customized messages have a greater effect! 

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  • Invite Your City Council Representatives to Visit Your Cultural Institution

     

    Use the letter below to invite your representatives from City Council to visit your cultural institution! This is a great opportunity for arts and culture organizations to show our city’s representatives all that the arts do for our city.

    Questions? Need additional help reaching your legislators? Let us know.


    Please customize the message below:

  • Help Mural Arts Reach More of the Community Through the Restorative Justice Program
    Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program is home to a groundbreaking restorative justice program that reaches current inmates, probationers and parolees, and juvenile delinquents through art instruction, mural-making, and community service. 

    Participants in the Restorative Justice Program are part of a Guild and are paid apprentices who are mentored by professionals and trained in much-needed trade skills, such as masonry, mural preparation and restoration, landscaping, and carpentry. Guild workshops prepare inmates, previous offenders and young adults for re-integration into their communities, and 90% of Guild graduates do not re-offend within one year. Even better, there is a 68% job placement rate for Guild graduates, who leave the program with employment readiness skills like public speaking and customer services and preparation for job applications and interviews. The Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program is a program that changes lives and communities for the better.

    With the support of Philadelphia’s City Council, Mural Arts and the Restorative Justice Program team can reach more inmates, parolees, and young people with a budget increase of $100,000. Tell City Council that this work is important and deserves funding: sign the petition now!

  • URGENT: Sales Tax Threat on Arts & Culture Looms Large

    A major sales tax threat looms large this week as legislators rush to complete a budget before the end of the year. Discussions were held over the Thanksgiving holiday, with no resolution yet.

    Dealmakers in Harrisburg have already tried to balance this budget on the backs of students and non-profits. Now, as part of a short-term solution, they’re trying to tax valuable cultural experiences. Museums, historical sites, theaters, zoos…even education programs would require the public to pay sales tax.While legislators continue to grasp at straws in this state budget showdown, the funds raised from taxing arts and culture will only serve to cut people’s access to arts and culture, not create meaningful change in our state’s bottom line.

    Museums, historical sites, theaters, zoos and educational programs aren’t commodities--they’re valuable cultural experiences that are important to children, families, and communities across the state. This 11th hour move to limit access to these institutions places the burden on schools and other audiences to shoulder the budget stalemate made by Pennsylvania lawmakers.

    Please email your legislator and tell them to find a better solution to our state’s budget problems. We have written the email for you, all you have to do is fill in your own name and press send! Of course, personalized emails are always better, so feel free to add in your own story about the value of affordable access to arts and culture.

  • Contact the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidates and tell them you want to hear their positions on issues relating to arts, culture and tourism!

    On November 4, 2014, Pennsylvanians will choose our next Governor and among the many issues that will be debated leading up to Election Day, we want to make sure arts and culture are part of the discussion. We are partnering with organizations across the Commonwealth including the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, to host a gubernatorial debate in the fall, focusing on issues relating to arts, culture and tourism.  As a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's Cultural Cabinet, we are asking that you help us convince the candidates to participate, by emailing both the Corbett and Wolf campaigns urging them to agree to this important debate.   

  • Contact the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidates and tell them you want to hear their positions on issues relating to arts, culture and tourism!

    On November 4, 2014, Pennsylvanians will choose our next Governor and among the many issues that will be debated leading up to Election Day, we want to make sure arts and culture are part of the discussion. We are partnering with organizations across the Commonwealth including the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, to host a gubernatorial debate in the fall, focusing on issues relating to arts, culture and tourism.  As a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, we are asking that you help us convince the candidates to participate by emailing both the Corbett and Wolf campaigns urging them to agree to this important debate.   

  • Contact your state legislators to keep funding for arts and culture in the FY2015 budget!

     This month the Pennsylvania General Assembly will work to create and adopt the Pennsylvania General Fund Budget for FY2015. Throughout the budget process, legislators will be considering the revenue collections for May 2014 and will take this into consideration when trying to approve a balanced budget by June 30. Unfortunately, the revenue collections for Pennsylvania are far below the predicted level. The PA Department of Revenue reported that "fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $23.9 billion, which is $424.5 million, or 1.7%, below estimate."

    In February we were happy to report  that Governor Corbett proposed a 5% budget increase of $411,000 for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) grants bringing the total budget to $8.59 million. PCA funds arts organizations across the state, including the Community Arts Center! 

    As our state legislators consider ways to acheive a balanced budget, the Community Arts Center and GroundSwell, the grassroots advocacy Arm of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance are working to ensure that the proposed increase for PCA remains in the budget. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to support the Governor's proposed increases for PCA. The budget process has already begun so please do not put this off! 

    Thank you

    The GroundSwell Team 

  • Contact your state legislators to keep funding for arts and culture in the FY2015 budget!

    This month the Pennsylvania General Assembly will work to create and adopt the Pennsylvania General Fund Budget for FY2015. Throughout the budget process, legislators will be considering the revenue collections for May 2014 and will take this into consideration when trying to approve a balanced budget by June 30. Unfortunately, the revenue collections for Pennsylvania are far below the predicted level. The PA Department of Revenue reported that "fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $23.9 billion, which is $424.5 million, or 1.7%, below estimate."

    In February we were happy to report  that Governor Corbett proposed a 5% budget increase of $411,000 for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) grants bringing the total budget to $8.59 million. Governor Corbett also proposed a 17% budget increase for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) to bring the total budget to $18.74 million. PCA and PHMC fund arts and cultural institutions and organizations across the state, including hundreds of organizations here in Southeastern Pennsylvania that provide resources for their communities and outlets for expression and creativity for the residents they serve!

    As our state legislators consider ways to achieve a balanced budget we want to make sure that the proposed increases for PCA and PHMC remain in the budget. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to support the Governor's proposed increases for PCA and PHMC. The budget process has already begun so please do not put this off! 

    Thank you

    The GroundSwell Team 

  • Contact your state legislators to keep funding for arts and culture in the FY2015 budget!

    This month the Pennsylvania General Assembly will work to create and adopt the Pennsylvania General Fund Budget for FY2015. Throughout the budget process, legislators will be considering the revenue collections for May 2014 and will take this into consideration when trying to approve a balanced budget by June 30. Unfortunately, the revenue collections for Pennsylvania are far below the predicted level. The PA Department of Revenue reported that "fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $23.9 billion, which is $424.5 million, or 1.7%, below estimate."

    In February we were happy to report  that Governor Corbett proposed a 5% budget increase of $411,000 for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) grants bringing the total budget to $8.59 million. Governor Corbett also proposed a 17% budget increase for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) to bring the total budget to $18.74 million. PCA and PHMC fund arts organizations across the state, including the James A. Michener Art Museum!

    As our state legislators consider ways to achieve a balanced budget, the Michener Art Museum and GroundSwell, the grassroots advocacy arm of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance are working to ensure that the proposed increases for PCA and PHMC remain in the budget. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to support the Governor's proposed increases for PCA and PHMC. The budget process has already begun so please do not put this off! 

    Thank you

    The GroundSwell Team 

  • Contact your state legislators to keep funding for arts and culture in the FY2015 budget!

    This month the Pennsylvania General Assembly will work to create and adopt the Pennsylvania General Fund Budget for FY2015. Throughout the budget process, legislators will be considering the revenue collections for May 2014 and will take this into consideration when trying to approve a balanced budget by June 30. Unfortunately, the revenue collections for Pennsylvania are far below the predicted level. The PA Department of Revenue reported that "fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $23.9 billion, which is $424.5 million, or 1.7%, below estimate."

    In February we were happy to report  that Governor Corbett proposed a 5% budget increase of $411,000 for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) grants bringing the total budget to $8.59 million. PCA funds arts organizations across the state, including People's Light & Theatre!

    As our state legislators consider ways to achieve a balanced budget, People's Light and GroundSwell, the grassroots advocacy arm of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, are working to ensure that the proposed increase for PCA remains in the budget. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to support the Governor's proposed increase for PCA! The budget process has already begun so please do not put this off! 

    Thank you

    The GroundSwell Team 

  • Contact your state legislators to keep funding for arts and culture in the FY2015 budget!

    This month the Pennsylvania General Assembly will work to create and adopt the Pennsylvania General Fund Budget for FY2015. Throughout the budget process, legislators will be considering the revenue collections for May 2014 and will take this into consideration when trying to approve a balanced budget by June 30. Unfortunately, the revenue collections for Pennsylvania are far below the predicted level. The PA Department of Revenue reported that "fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $23.9 billion, which is $424.5 million, or 1.7%, below estimate."

    In February we were happy to report  that Governor Corbett proposed a 5% budget increase of $411,000 for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) grants bringing the total budget to $8.59 million. Governor Corbett also proposed a 17% budget increase for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) to bring the total budget to $18.74 million. 

    As our state legislators consider ways to acheive a balanced budget we want to make sure that the proposed increases for PCA and PHMC remain in the budget. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to support the Governor's proposed increases for PCA and PHMC. The budget process has already begun so please do not put this off! 

    Thank you

    The GroundSwell Team 

  • Contact your state legislators to keep funding for arts and culture in the FY2015 budget!

    This month the Pennsylvania General Assembly will work to create and adopt the Pennsylvania General Fund Budget for FY2015. Throughout the budget process, legislators will be considering the revenue collections for May 2014 and will take this into consideration when trying to approve a balanced budget by June 30. Unfortunately, the revenue collections for Pennsylvania are far below the predicted level. The PA Department of Revenue reported that "fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $23.9 billion, which is $424.5 million, or 1.7%, below estimate."

    In February, Governor Corbett proposed a 5% budget increase of $411,000 for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) grants bringing the total budget to $8.59 million. PCA funds arts organizations across the state, including the Bryn Mawr Film Institute!

    As our state legislators consider ways to achieve a balanced budget, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and GroundSwell, the grassroots advocacy arm of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, are working to make sure that the  proposed increase for PCA remains in the budget. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to support the Governor's proposed increases for PCA. The budget process has already begun so please do not put this off! 

    Thank you

    The GroundSwell Team 

  • Send an Email to City Council to Support an Increase for PCF Funding!

    Thank you to everyone who joined GroundSwell, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund to speak up for arts & culture on April 22nd, Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day! Whether you signed our petition, helped us pack City Council chambers for our budget hearing testimony, or joined the #RestoreArtsFundingPHL campaign on Twitter, we were grateful to have your support. City Council needs to know that Philadelphians from every neighborhood care about the arts in Philadelphia, and your support goes a long way in helping us clearly demonstrate the impact we could have if Council restores the PCF budget back to its 2010 level of $3.2 million.

    Our work isn't over, though! As City Council continues to work through June to finalize the budget for FY2015, we need to make sure they keep restoring the budget for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund top-of-mind.

    Please take a few minutes to send an email to Council President Darrell Clarke by entering your zip code in the form below. We've written a message for you already, but you can customize the subject line and the message before sending—customized emails have a greater impact! Have a great story of how arts & culture in Philly has shaped your life? Or an example of how arts & culture impacts our economy and adds vibrancy to our neighborhoods? Include it in your letter!

    Not a Philadelphia resident, but love visiting and patronizing the city's arts & culture institutions? Feel free to send your own email to Council President Clarke at darrell.clarke@phila.gov and let him know the arts are what bring you (and your dollars!) into the city.

  • Pledge Your Support for Increased PCF Funding & Arts Education!

    Since 1991, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund has provided vital funding for our city’s arts & culture organizations. These groups are part of a vibrant cultural sector which plays a significant role in strengthening our economy, enhancing a sense of place and community for our residents, and educating our youth. Philadelphia is also continuously recognized internationally as a world-class cultural destination, and attracts millions of tourists and visitors each year. Yet even as our rich cultural scene continues to grow and accolades pour in from across the globe, since 2010 the City has let the Philadelphia Cultural Fund operate under a slashed budget.

    As City Council works to finalize and approve the budget for FY2015, we ask that you urge them to be champions for arts & culture by signing our petition to restore funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund back to its 2010 level of $3.2 million.

    With an increase in funding, PCF would be able to reinstate its Youth Arts Enrichment Grants, which provided project support for arts-education programs serving K-12 students in the Philadelphia School District. The goals of PCF’s Youth Arts Enrichment Grants were to provide high-quality arts instruction, training and participatory experiences that serve youth most unlikely to have access to cultural enrichment in their lives in other ways.

    As school budget cuts force schools to eliminate existing arts programs, cultural organizations are playing an increasing role in arts education.  The Philadelphia Cultural Fund provides cultural groups in every neighborhood of the city with vital operating support for all of their activities, including educational outreach. Enter your zip code to sign the petition and urge City Council to restore PCF funding and bring back the Youth Arts Enrichment Grants!

  • National Arts Advocacy Day - Speak up for Arts Ed. and the NEA!

    It's National Arts Advocacy Day!

    Hundreds of arts & culture supporters are meeting with their federal legislators in Washington, D.C., but we know not everyone could make the trip this year. Speak up for the arts by sending the email below to your U.S. Senators and Representatives. The email will send to all your legislators at once.

    Please take a few minutes to customize the subject line and the letter before sending—customized emails have a greater impact!

  • Save the Boyd Theatre!

    Built in 1928, the Boyd Theatre at 19th and Chestnut is Philadelphia's last movie palace. In its heyday, the theater screened now-classic films from The Wizard of Oz to Gone with the Wind and hosted Grace Kelly for the premiere of High Noon. Today, its doors are closed, and the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia has added it to its Endangered Properties list. But, iPic Theaters wants to demolish all but the facade in order to turn it into a multiplex.

    The Friends of the Boyd is a non-profit group that advocates for the full historic preservation of the theater. They need our help now more than ever. Join GroundSwell in supporting Friends of the Boyd. Send a message to city officials urging them to oppose iPiC's application and help preserve and restore the Boyd as a historic landmark.

    We've prepared a simple message for you to send to City Council, Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia Historic Commission's Executive Director, Dr. Jon Farnham. Please take a few minutes to customize the subject line and the letter. (Customized emails have a greater impact!)

    Photo courtesy of Matt Lambros, After the Final Curtain

  • Tell Our Elected Officials to Pledge to Create a Dedicated Regional Fund!

    As a resident of Southeastern Pennsylvania, you know how important arts and culture, parks and libraries are to neighborhoods and communities throughout the region. These community assets help to educate our kids, recharge our everyday lives, energize our neighborhoods and power economic investment and revitalization.  They are a critical competitive advantage and a strong economic driver for Philadelphia, our region and the Commonwealth.

    Please take a moment to sign the petition below asking Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia City Council, Delaware County Council and Bucks, Montgomery and Chester County Commissioners to pledge to work together to create a dedicated public fund to provide reliable dollars for investment in our arts, cultural, library and park resources. Sign the petition now!

  • Tell Your State Senator: We Need to Do More For Public Schools!

    Schools across Pennsylvania are in crisis. The PA State Education budget has been cut by $900 million in the last two years, and without restoration of this funding, public schools across the state will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including complete elimination of the already diminished art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our region. Lawmakers in Harrisburg need to hear from you now!

    The House has already passed its budget plan, but it doesn't do enough to restore the funding our schools so desperately need. As the Senate prepares its own budget plan for negotiation, we need to focus our advocacy efforts there. We've prepared a simple message for you to send to your State Senator, asking him/her to commit to restoring the funding our schools so desperately need. Please take a few minutes to customize the subject line and the letter before sending—customized emails have a greater impact!

    Photo: The Edward W. Bok Technical High School is one of 23 schools closing this year. Photo by katrinaohstrom.com.

  • Tell the Senate Leadership Committee: We Need to Do More For Public Schools!

    Schools across Pennsylvania are struggling and the Philadelphia School District is in crisis. Pennsylvania's State Education budget has been cut by $900 million in the last two years, and without restoration of this funding, public schools across the state will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including complete elimination of the already diminished art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our region. Lawmakers in Harrisburg need to hear from you now!

    The House has already passed its budget plan, but it doesn't do enough to restore the funding our schools so desperately need. As the Senate prepares its own budget plan for negotiation, we need to focus our advocacy efforts there. We've prepared a simple message for you to send to the Senate Leadership, asking them to commit to restoring the funding our schools so desperately need. Please take a few minutes to customize the subject line and the letter before sending—customized emails have a greater impact!

    Photo: The Edward W. Bok Technical High School is one of 23 schools closing this year. Photo by katrinaohstrom.com.

  • Ask State Legislators to Fund Public Schools and Protect Art & Music Programs!

    It's time to speak up to Harrisburg in support of funding for public education.  We've been advocating at the City level for an additional $60 million for the School District of Philadelphia, but to completely reverse the current "doomsday" situation, we also need the State Legislature to allocate $120 million.

    However, that $120 million needs to be part of a larger funding increase for all Pennsylvania public schools—the education crisis isn't limited to just the city. The PA State Education budget has been cut by $900 million in the last two years, and in 2013-2014 we need the General Assembly to develop and commit to a plan to restore those massive cuts.  Without restoration of this funding, public schools across the state will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including complete elimination of the already diminished art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our region.

    Lawmakers in Harrisburg need to hear from you now! The House has already passed the budget plan, so it's time to focus on the Senate. We've prepared a simple message for you to send to your State Senator, asking them to commit to restoring the funding our schools so desperately need. Please take a few minutes to customize the subject line and the letter before sending—customized emails have a greater impact!

    Photo: The Edward W. Bok Technical High School is one of 23 schools closing this year. Photo by katrinaohstrom.com.


  • Ask State Legislators to Fund Public Schools and Protect Art & Music Programs!

    It's time to speak up to Harrisburg in support of funding for public education.  We've been advocating at the city level to save the School District of Philadelphia from extreme budget cuts—but the education crisis isn't limited to just the city. 

    The PA State Education budget has been cut by $900 million in the last two years, and without restoration of this funding, public schools across the state will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including complete elimination of the already diminished art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our region.

    Lawmakers in Harrisburg need to hear from you now! The House has already passed the budget plan, so it's time to focus on the Senate. We've prepared a simple message for you to send to your State Senator, asking them to commit to restoring the funding our schools so desperately need. Please take a few minutes to customize the subject line and the letter before sending—customized emails have a greater impact!

    Photo: The Edward W. Bok Technical High School is one of 23 schools closing this year. Photo by katrinaohstrom.com.



  • Ask Governor Corbett to Expand Medicaid to Benefit Artists

    If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you've probably heard a lot of talk about health care reform for our nation.  Under the new Affordable Care Act, the barrier for Medicaid eligibility will be much lower: Medicaid will be expanded to cover people who fall within 138% of the poverty level. The implications for Pennsylvania are huge—expanding Medicaid in our state would cover over 600,000 currently uninsured adults.  However, states are not required to implement the expansion, and Governor Corbett has been hesitant to do so, citing concerns over expense.  But research shows that the expansion would create $400 million per year in budget savings and new revenues, and reduce the burden on already insured citizens to cover health care for the uninsured through the "hidden costs" built into insurance plans—not to mention keep our most vulnerable citizens from falling through the cracks.

    For artists, this issue is especially critical. If you are a friend of the arts or an individual artist yourself, you know the challenges many artists face in securing health insurance.  Over half of all employment positions in Greater Philadelphia's arts and culture sector are independent contractors, meaning they are ineligible for insurance coverage through their employers.  And only 1/5th of all arts positions are full-time, meaning a lot of artists aren't making enough money to afford health insurance on their own.

    Pennsylvania's current Medicaid program is available only to residents who are very low-income and fit into a strictly defined category: being a child or senior citizen, having a disability, being pregnant or having a dependent child.  With a Medicaid expansion, health insurance would finally be more available and affordable for our region's uninsured artists.  Not having health insurance is risky—let's make it so the only risks our artists are taking are the ones in their work.

    It's time to speak up on behalf of our region's artistic workforce. We’ve prepared a simple message that you can send Governor Corbett to let him know that you support the issue of Medicaid expansion.

    This action is open only to citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Ask City Council to Support Public Schools and Protect Art & Music Programs!

    The PA state education budget is in crisis, having been cut by $1 billion since 2010.  Locally, the cuts have financially distressed the School District of Philadelphia, which has asked City Council for an additional $60 million for next year’s budget. Without this additional funding, Philadelphia public schools will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including eliminating the art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our city. 

    Without strong public schools, and without strong music and arts programs, our children will have fewer opportunities and will be left further behind. This will impact our economy, the development of our workforce, our neighborhoods and the many vibrant arts organizations and businesses that are the underpinning of the city’s creative economy.

    Philadelphia City Council needs to hear from you now! We've prepared a simple message for you and other residents of the City of Philadelphia to send to your Council Members. Please take a few minutes to customize the subject line and the letter (customized emails have a greater impact!), then send it off to all seventeen members of Council.

  • Ask Governor Corbett to Expand Medicaid to Benefit Artists

    If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you've probably heard a lot of talk about health care reform for our nation.  Under the new Affordable Care Act, the barrier for Medicaid eligibility will be much lower: Medicaid will be expanded to cover people who fall within 138% of the poverty level. The implications for Pennsylvania are huge—expanding Medicaid in our state would cover over 600,000 currently uninsured adults.  However, states are not required to implement the expansion, and Governor Corbett has been hesitant to do so, citing concerns over expense.  But research shows that the expansion would create $400 million per year in budget savings and new revenues, and reduce the burden on already insured citizens to cover health care for the uninsured through the "hidden costs" built into insurance plans—not to mention keep our most vulnerable citizens from falling through the cracks.

    For artists, this issue is especially critical. If you are a friend of the arts or an individual artist yourself, you know the challenges many artists face in securing health insurance.  Over half of all employment positions in Greater Philadelphia's arts and culture sector are independent contractors, meaning they are ineligible for insurance coverage through their employers.  And only 1/5th of all arts positions are full-time, meaning a lot of artists aren't making enough money to afford health insurance on their own.

    Pennsylvania's current Medicaid program is available only to residents who are very low-income and fit into a strictly defined category: being a child or senior citizen, having a disability, being pregnant or having a dependent child.  With a Medicaid expansion, health insurance would finally be more available and affordable for our region's uninsured artists.  Not having health insurance is risky—let's make it so the only risks our artists are taking are the ones in their work.

    It's time to speak up on behalf of our region's artistic workforce. We’ve prepared a simple message that you can send Governor Corbett to let him know that you support the issue of Medicaid expansion.

    This action is open only to citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Ask Governor Corbett to Expand Medicaid to Benefit Artists

    If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you've probably heard a lot of talk about health care reform for our nation.  Under the new Affordable Care Act, the barrier for Medicaid eligibility will be much lower: Medicaid will be expanded to cover people who fall within 138% of the poverty level. The implications for Pennsylvania are huge—expanding Medicaid in our state would cover over 600,000 currently uninsured adults.  However, states are not required to implement the expansion, and Governor Corbett has been hesitant to do so, citing concerns over expense.  But research shows that the expansion would create $400 million per year in budget savings and new revenues, and reduce the burden on already insured citizens to cover health care for the uninsured through the "hidden costs" built into insurance plans—not to mention keep our most vulnerable citizens from falling through the cracks.

    For artists, this issue is especially critical. If you are a friend of the arts or an individual artist yourself, you know the challenges many artists face in securing health insurance.  Over half of all employment positions in Greater Philadelphia's arts and culture sector are independent contractors, meaning they are ineligible for insurance coverage through their employers.  And only 1/5th of all arts positions are full-time, meaning a lot of artists aren't making enough money to afford health insurance on their own.

    Pennsylvania's current Medicaid program is available only to residents who are very low-income and fit into a strictly defined category: being a child or senior citizen, having a disability, being pregnant or having a dependent child.  With a Medicaid expansion, health insurance would finally be more available and affordable for our region's uninsured artists.  Not having health insurance is risky—let's make it so the only risks our artists are taking are the ones in their work.

    It's time to speak up on behalf of our region's artistic workforce. We’ve prepared a simple message that you can send Governor Corbett to let him know that you support the issue of Medicaid expansion.

    This action is open only to citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Ask Governor Corbett to Expand Medicaid to Benefit Artists

    If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you've probably heard a lot of talk about health care reform for our nation.  Under the new Affordable Care Act, the barrier for Medicaid eligibility will be much lower: Medicaid will be expanded to cover people who fall within 138% of the poverty level. The implications for Pennsylvania are huge—expanding Medicaid in our state would cover over 600,000 currently uninsured adults.  However, states are not required to implement the expansion, and Governor Corbett has been hesitant to do so, citing concerns over expense.  But research shows that the expansion would create $400 million per year in budget savings and new revenues, and reduce the burden on already insured citizens to cover health care for the uninsured through the "hidden costs" built into insurance plans—not to mention keep our most vulnerable citizens from falling through the cracks.

    For artists, this issue is especially critical. If you are a friend of the arts or an individual artist yourself, you know the challenges many artists face in securing health insurance.  Over half of all employment positions in Greater Philadelphia's arts and culture sector are independent contractors, meaning they are ineligible for insurance coverage through their employers.  And only 1/5th of all arts positions are full-time, meaning a lot of artists aren't making enough money to afford health insurance on their own.

    Pennsylvania's current Medicaid program is available only to residents who are very low-income and fit into a strictly defined category: being a child or senior citizen, having a disability, being pregnant or having a dependent child.  With a Medicaid expansion, health insurance would finally be more available and affordable for our region's uninsured artists.  Not having health insurance is risky—let's make it so the only risks our artists are taking are the ones in their work.

    It's time to speak up on behalf of our region's artistic workforce. We’ve prepared a simple message that you can send Governor Corbett to let him know that you support the issue of Medicaid expansion.

    This action is open only to citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Ask Governor Corbett to Expand Medicaid to Benefit Artists

    If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you've probably heard a lot of talk about health care reform for our nation.  Under the new Affordable Care Act, the barrier for Medicaid eligibility will be much lower: Medicaid will be expanded to cover people who fall within 138% of the poverty level. The implications for Pennsylvania are huge—expanding Medicaid in our state would cover over 600,000 currently uninsured adults.  However, states are not required to implement the expansion, and Governor Corbett has been hesitant to do so, citing concerns over expense.  But research shows that the expansion would create $400 million per year in budget savings and new revenues, and reduce the burden on already insured citizens to cover health care for the uninsured through the "hidden costs" built into insurance plans—not to mention keep our most vulnerable citizens from falling through the cracks.

    For artists, this issue is especially critical. If you are a friend of the arts or an individual artist yourself, you know the challenges many artists face in securing health insurance.  Over half of all employment positions in Greater Philadelphia's arts and culture sector are independent contractors, meaning they are ineligible for insurance coverage through their employers.  And only 1/5th of all arts positions are full-time, meaning a lot of artists aren't making enough money to afford health insurance on their own.

    Pennsylvania's current Medicaid program is available only to residents who are very low-income and fit into a strictly defined category: being a child or senior citizen, having a disability, being pregnant or having a dependent child.  With a Medicaid expansion, health insurance would finally be more available and affordable for our region's uninsured artists.  Not having health insurance is risky—let's make it so the only risks our artists are taking are the ones in their work.

    It's time to speak up on behalf of our region's artistic workforce. We’ve prepared a simple message that you can send Governor Corbett to let him know that you support the issue of Medicaid expansion.

    This action is open only to citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Ask Governor Corbett to Expand Medicaid to Benefit Artists

    If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you've probably heard a lot of talk about health care reform for our nation.  Under the new Affordable Care Act, the barrier for Medicaid eligibility will be much lower: Medicaid will be expanded to cover people who fall within 138% of the poverty level. The implications for Pennsylvania are huge—expanding Medicaid in our state would cover over 600,000 currently uninsured adults.  However, states are not required to implement the expansion, and Governor Corbett has been hesitant to do so, citing concerns over expense.  But research shows that the expansion would create $400 million per year in budget savings and new revenues, and reduce the burden on already insured citizens to cover health care for the uninsured through the "hidden costs" built into insurance plans—not to mention keep our most vulnerable citizens from falling through the cracks.

    For artists, this issue is especially critical. If you are a friend of the arts or an individual artist yourself, you know the challenges many artists face in securing health insurance.  Over half of all employment positions in Greater Philadelphia's arts and culture sector are independent contractors, meaning they are ineligible for insurance coverage through their employers.  And only 1/5th of all arts positions are full-time, meaning a lot of artists aren't making enough money to afford health insurance on their own.

    Pennsylvania's current Medicaid program is available only to residents who are very low-income and fit into a strictly defined category: being a child or senior citizen, having a disability, being pregnant or having a dependent child.  With a Medicaid expansion, health insurance would finally be more available and affordable for our region's uninsured artists.  Not having health insurance is risky—let's make it so the only risks our artists are taking are the ones in their work.

    It's time to speak up on behalf of our region's artistic workforce. We’ve prepared a simple message that you can send Governor Corbett to let him know that you support the issue of Medicaid expansion.

    This action is open only to citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • Urge the City to Restore PCF's funding to $3.2 million!

    Our efforts to educate City Council about the value and impact of PCF grants continue!

    Please take a few minutes to customize the letter (customized emails have a greater impact!), then send it off to all seventeen members of Council.

    How can you customize your letter?

    • Change the subject line!
    • Add specifics about the program(s) that your PCF grant is funding
    • Let them know who you are serving especially if your programs are intergenerational, multicultural, neighborhood based.
    • If you are large and located downtown, emphasize the amount of traffic and business you bring into the city; if you are small and neighborhood based, emphasize the important work you are doing the change lives in your part of the city.


    Thanks for helping us to make the case for an increase in funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund!

  • Pledge Your Support for Increased PCF Funding!

    As a GroundSwell supporter, you know that Philadelphia counts on culture to fuel our economy, educate our kids, generate tax revenues and build our quality of life. Yet, we have slashed the Philadelphia Cultural Fund budget in half from $3.2 million in 2010 to $1.6 million today. That means annually, we invest only $1 per resident for cultural funding. Imagine what Philadelphia would be like if that budget were restored—double the budget for investing in our cultural sector, and you double the sector's impact. If you believe in the power of arts and culture, sign our petition to ask Mayor Nutter and City Council to increase funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

    Every year, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund awards operations grants to arts and culture organizations throughout Philadelphia, enabling those organizations to strengthen the impact and reach of their work. 244 organizations serving thousands of Philadelphia residents received grants this year—think about how many more lives could be touched if we returned our cultural investment to $2 per resident per year. Sign the petition now!

  • Preserve the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction!

    President Obama has proposed a budget that would impose a 28 percent cap that would limit tax deductions for charitable giving. In recent years arts and cultural organizations in our region have endured funding cuts from all levels of government. Reducing incentives for charitable giving could result in further declines in revenue for cultural groups that work every day to serve our communities and make the Philadelphia region a more vibrant place to live and work.

    Please tell members of Congress to preserve the charitable deduction!