April 24, 2016 |
More than $2.6 million was awarded Wednesday to 284 arts and cultural organizations around the city by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, about the same number as last year. Of those, 20 are receiving their first grants, fund officials said. Since its founding in 1991, the fund has distributed $40 million in unrestricted operating funds to hundreds of groups, large and small. The fund also announced that the Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music is winner of the Councilman David Cohen Award, a noncash award recognizing an arts organization for its economic and social justice work.
April 8, 2016
ISSUE | MURALS Program's outreach invigorates Philly A recent letter suggested that Philadelphia is hampered by its abundance of murals, most of which are produced by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program ("Art in moderation," Friday). As the board chair of the nonprofit arm of Mural Arts, I take pride in the organization's commitment to a robust and transparent community process that encourages input on future artworks. The figures and ideas depicted in the murals emerge from these crucial conversations.
August 31, 2015
The Fairmount Park Conservancy has been awarded a $3 million grant to involve local artists and arts organizations in its ongoing work to support the city's municipal park system, the organization announced Monday. The award - given by ArtPlace America, a public-private philanthropy - was one of six similar grants issued this week to regional organizations across the country, including gifts to groups in fields as varied as public housing, health care, and youth development. The goal for each award, ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie Bennett said in a statement, is to encourage what the philanthropy calls "creative placemaking" - that is, the inclusion of art and cultural projects in community development and renovation plans.
February 9, 2015 |
A new William Penn Foundation-commissioned study paints a portrait of the Philadelphia arts scene as rife with both promise and peril. The report, which examines more than 160 groups, says some are coming up with innovative ways to adjust to changing demographics and ticket-buying patterns, but it also finds that 70 percent are in poor financial health, undercapitalized, and unable to withstand financial stress or to fund new ideas. And while there is a promising new generation of philanthropists in the area, they have not been persuaded by arts groups to loosen their purse strings.
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.
September 21, 2014 |
On Sunday, North Fifth Street from Lehigh to Cambria will be pulsing with Puerto Rican salsa music, dancers, the scents of Latin street food, and the energy of an expected 10,000 visitors, all there for the 30th annual Feria del Barrio. It's more than just a landmark anniversary. It could also mark a moment of revitalization for the area known as the Centro de Oro, or Golden Center, as one of its anchor arts organizations, Taller Puertorriqueno, prepares to break ground on a 25,000-square-foot, $12 million arts and culture center that has been a decade in the making.
May 3, 2013 |
The city formally unveiled a new website Tuesday dubbed CultureBlocks, which allows users to create layered maps displaying neighborhoods, cultural and arts organizations, development and transportation corridors, homes of artists, organizations that operate cultural programs, and economic and educational data - a massive amount of information. And all of it can be manipulated in a variety of ways, officials said, making it useful to large numbers of individuals and organizations in the cultural, research, and economic development arenas.
May 1, 2013 |
The city's first film festival aimed at children and a family art-making festival run in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts are among the 21 projects funded through the PNC Arts Alive initiative, which is concluding the $5 million program's five-year life with this round of grants. Over the course of the five years, Arts Alive has awarded 122 grants to 55 arts organizations in the Philadelphia and South Jersey region. "The creativity of Philadelphia's arts sector is clearly evident in the innovative programs by PNC Arts Alive grantees," Bill Mills, PNC regional president for Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, said in a statement.