November 20, 2014
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Sickness in cynicism Despite Charles Krauthammer's obsession with blaming everything bad on President Obama, he does, on rare occasion, elicit actual bits of real information - like the fact that 37 states have failed (intentionally) to set up state-run health insurance exchanges ("Obamacare confessions," Nov. 17). Krauthammer smugly points out that Jonathan Gruber, an adviser during the creation of the Affordable Care Act, explained that Obamacare was written in a way to encourage states to set up exchanges, which, in turn, was a key aspect of making the system work efficiently.
October 31, 2014 |
PNC Financial Services Corp., one of the region's largest and most consistent backers of arts-related programs, will continue its Arts Alive funding initiative, bank officials have announced. Since it was established here in 2009, Arts Alive has contributed $6 million to support the arts in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. PNC will continue the program with $1 million for delivery in 2015 and 2016. More than 140 arts programs and 60 organizations have received funding through the initiative, which is administered by the PNC Foundation.
October 27, 2014 |
Helen Haynes, named the city's chief cultural officer in May, was a key advocate for creation of a Philadelphia Cultural Fund in the early 1990s. At the time, she headed the Coalition of African American Organizations, which aimed to amplify the voices of groups often overlooked in the press of city business. Since its inception, the cultural fund has provided operating support for hundreds of organizations. This year, City Council increased its allocation by $1.3 million, making about $2.9 million available for grants next year.
June 7, 2014 |
Tom Wolf visited Philadelphia City Council Thursday, landing squarely in the midst of a school budget crisis that many members have blamed on the state's Republican leadership. The Democratic gubernatorial nominee was escorted past pupils from three city elementary schools displaying a quilt advocating for arts funding. Wolf then headed into a closed-door meeting in Council President Darrell L. Clarke's office. Afterward, Wolf spoke in the caucus room to Council, staff, lobbyists and reporters, saying he was "a fan of this great city.
March 18, 2012 |
Margie Salvante is executive director of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia The headwinds of a bad economy blow hard and no more so than when it comes to the arts, which even in the best of times maintain a tenuous grip on reliable funding. Thankfully, Gov. Corbett has called for arts funding to stay level in his proposed budget for next year. Regrettably, however, the Republican-controlled legislature seeks to cut funding for the arts 70 percent. There is no better example than the vibrant theater scene in the Philadelphia area to illustrate why this funding is so crucially important to our region as both an economic driver and as a quality-of-life enhancement.
January 26, 2012 |
ALTHOUGH IT is great to see the Daily News endorse the work of a living Philadelphia artist, the photographer Zoe Strauss, the most interesting part of this article is that the Daily News shares the concerns regarding the Mural Arts Program put forth a decade ago by the Heretical Society, which was an independent artists' organization that provided a critique of the culture industry in Philadelphia, and which disbanded in 2001. The final statement of the Daily News editorial is very similar to the last line of the Heretical Society tract, the essay "No More Ugly Murals.
June 30, 2011 |
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, whose 2012 program budget was cut 70 percent by the State House of Representatives, seems to have dodged a bullet: The Senate restored almost all the funding in its amended budget. As the House prepared to vote on the amended budget Wednesday, Jenny L. Hershour, managing director of the advocacy group Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, said: "A lot of arts advocates made a lot of telephone calls and sent a lot of e-mails on behalf of arts funding.
June 5, 2011
Suzanne Cloud is executive director of Jazz Bridge When the Pennsylvania state House passed the penny-wise, pound-foolish House Bill 1485, I wasn't too surprised, but it didn't keep me from being existentially floored by the stupidity of the effort. Now the budget bill goes to the Senate, and all of us have to wince as they decide if 70 percent of arts funding goes into the big wood chipper of political expediency this month. But I think a small snapshot of what the loss of this funding would mean might tell a compelling story that the legislators would do well to hear.
April 12, 2011 |
If the crepes, mimes, and erection of a presumably expensive and possibly ephemeral 81-foot homage to the Eiffel Tower made you doubt that a serious artistic thread could be discerned in the Kimmel Center's Francophilia festival, reassurance could be found Saturday morning at the Perelman - in a children's concert. For the last performance of its season, Astral Artists took on the French theme - and some Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts funding - to produce three works.
January 20, 2011 |
Sixty-three arts organizations across the area are in the running for some cold hard cash from the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The arts challenge will eventually dole out $9 million over three years. These arts organizations - which range from behemoths such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to individuals with big ideas, like sculptor Darla Jackson - were chosen from a field of 1,752 applicants. Applicants had to submit their ideas in 150 words or less.