April 3, 2004
Isn't it great news that Philly Phlash tour buses will roll in May, once again linking Philadelphia's cultural and historic attractions from Penn's Landing to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway? There's just one little problem: When the Phlash stops at some cultural sites, tourists may need to jump out and check whether the lights are still on. Curtailed hours at key museums - notably, the Museum of Art - are just some of the dangers posed by proposed budget cutbacks from the Street administration.
March 19, 2004 |
From consolidating trash-collection hours to cutting rec centers and pools to axing all city funding for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mayor Street nipped and tucked his way through $227 million worth of spending cuts to present a balanced $3.4 billion budget to City Council yesterday. In delivering his budget address, the mayor appealed to his political adversaries to "listen and compromise" with him in making tough trade-offs on a budget that is about 20 percent larger than the one he delivered during his first days as mayor in 2000.
March 18, 2003 |
The original picture was dark and foreboding, with all state funding for arts, culture and history wiped out to help control a cavernous budget gap. Now the image is hazy, with Gov. McGreevey's administration backtracking by pledging to try to restore at least half of $18 million in arts grants that had been cut and to help find other sources of money. "There's a commitment that we'll find the money," said Eric Shuffler, counselor to the governor. "We want to do what we can to keep them going.
March 18, 2003 |
The original picture was dark and foreboding, with all state funding for arts, culture and history wiped out to help control a cavernous budget gap. Now the image is hazy, with Gov. McGreevey's administration backtracking by pledging to try to restore at least half of the $18 million in arts grants that had been cut and to help find other sources of money. "There's a commitment that we'll find the money," said Eric Shuffler, counselor to the governor. "We want to do what we can to keep them going.
February 19, 2003 |
When Franklin Roosevelt said, "Every time an artist dies, part of the vision of mankind passes with him," he could never have imagined what is happening to artists in New Jersey. With all state funding of the arts to be cut off under Gov. McGreevey's Scrooge Budget, the arts - if not the artists - are about to wither and perish in a state where they have always flourished. Here's what is happening at Surflight Theatre, Long Beach Island's showplace for performing arts. For the last three years, Surflight has received an annual $30,000 grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a $50,000 grant from the state itself.
February 7, 2003
Arts have aided N.J.; don't repay them with cuts It is understandable that Gov. McGreevey is investigating ways for New Jersey to recover economically, but his proposal to eliminate arts funding would cause more harm than good. To save money, you must retain the efforts that generate money. For an investment of just 9 percent of their annual operating budgets, New Jersey's arts organizations provide an exceptional return. The arts industry creates 47,000 jobs, and arts organizations directly invest $390 million annually in New Jersey's economy.
February 6, 2003 |
Countering the governor's proposal to remove all state funding for the arts, a coalition of groups is asking New Jersey to combine tourism, arts and history under a single agency and create a permanent tax to fund them. The "tourism tax" would add to the 6 percent sales tax a 3 percent levy on hotel and motel rooms and a 2 percent levy on restaurant meals, entertainment and amusements. The groups expect the new tax would raise $250 million in the first year, of which $60 million would be returned to municipalities.
November 24, 2002 |
The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, one of the area's oldest depositories of materials relating to early Pennsylvania German settlers, has been awarded a Five-County Arts Fund grant for an exhibition it will mount in March. The $2,475 grant will fund "From the Hands of 21st Century Children," an exhibition of children's art that will compare contemporary works with works done in the 18th and 19th centuries, curator Candace Perry said. The grant is administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
April 9, 2002 |
Former cable-TV operator H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest knows the value of television advertising. Yesterday, Lenfest, now a philanthropist, gave some of that value to several of the city's most prominent arts organizations. Lenfest announced that he would finance - with the help of cable-TV company Comcast Corp. - a three-year, $3 million advertising campaign for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and for the Regional Performing Arts Center and its eight resident companies. Lenfest will spend about $400,000 per year for three years to buy 1,300 30-second ads on cable-TV networks.
February 21, 2002 |
The $1.4 million Gov. Schweiker froze in state art grants seems like a small amount amid the more than $309 million held up in spending this year to cut the state budget deficit. But to Philadelphia-area arts and cultural groups such as Taller Puertorique?o, Rel?che Inc., and the American Poetry Review, the $1.4 million in cutbacks last month means staff cutbacks, bridge loans, and a lot of angst. "Who can go without pay this week?" Thaddeus A. Squire, artistic and executive director of contemporary classical music group Rel?che, said he had asked his musicians.