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August 1, 2012 | Art Sanctuary and by Valerie V. Gay and Executive Director
ART SANCTUARY was founded in 1998 in North Philadelphia with the purpose of bringing African-American artists to speak, lecture and perform in a venue within the African-American community. As arts excellence rises out of the inner city, it ought to cycle through it. The purpose of this organization was to serve as the entity that connected communities — black, Latino, Asian, white; young, old; educated, non-educated — directly with African-American art and all that it entails, so that they could find themselves, their history and their culture within it. Art Sanctuary has continued to use the power of black art to transform individuals.
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April 19, 1992 | By Pheralyn Dove, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Nonprofit arts organizations in Montgomery County have suffered because of the recession, their administrators say. But a commercial enterprise, Glenside's Keswick Theater, is growing. Other arts centers, such as the Beaver College Art Gallery, are cautiously on guard, trying to maintain the status quo. Here is a survey of the effect of the recession on the arts in Montgomery County. Although no programs have been cut by the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, the center has had to close its administrative offices on Mondays.
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April 24, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Culture Writer
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.
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February 18, 1987 | By Dwight Ott, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Chief Roy Crazy Horse, it will further his dream of educating people about the glory of the Powhatan-Renape nation. For Gail Greenberg, it will be a way to help ease the final days of the terminally ill. And for Virginia Steel and Rene Huggins, it will be the road to new horizons for inner-city youths. These individuals belong to four of 16 arts groups in South Jersey that have recently received a total of $470,817 from the Southern New Jersey Arts Initiative. The funding was a one-time award to stem a "funding drought" that reportedly has plagued arts groups in South Jersey for years, local organizations said.
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March 21, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
The PNC Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1 million to extend regional access to performances and the arts. This year, the fourth of a five-year grant-making cycle, 25 organizations received funding through the PNC Arts Alive program, foundation officials said. The largest grant, $80,000, went to the Philadelphia Orchestra to support educational programs for young people around the city. PNC has consistently supported the orchestra's outreach effforts. The Asian Art Initiative, in contrast, is a first-time grantee, receiving $40,000 for a series of public workshops exploring two diverse neighborhoods - Chinatown and South Philadelphia.
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December 29, 2009
Peggy Amsterdam wasn't the first Philadelphia cultural leader to contend that the arts - in addition to nourishing the human spirit - are key to the region's economic vitality. But, more than anyone in recent memory, Amsterdam directed the spade work that established what's known in military circles as facts on the ground. With her death on Saturday from cancer at age 60, the challenge for cultural and civic leaders who follow Amsterdam is to marshal those facts to achieve the long-sought dedicated source of public funding for the arts.
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February 21, 1992
No wonder people from Philadelphia's arts community were pumped up this week: After a two-year financial drought, city officials finally set the stage for a revival of government funding for the arts. Officially launched at a City Hall ceremony on Tuesday was the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, a quasi- governmental organization that will raise money for the arts and serve as a clearinghouse for arts-financing proposals. Never mind that there isn't much money in the new fund now. The important thing from the perspective of arts groups as well as civic boosters is that the city at last has a mechanism - as do many other forward-looking urban areas - for providing local support to its cultural attractions.
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June 7, 2007 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Talk about creating good will. If City Council gives its blessing next week, Mayor Street will wrap up his two-term tenure by spending his final months in office sprinkling $150 million among dozens of arts organizations, as well as neighborhood business and cultural strips throughout the city. Almost none of the money has been spent yet - and that's where the good will comes in, because decisions about the recipients of these dollars will be made this summer. Council initially OK'd Street's request to borrow $150 million last November, and subsequently approved a plan to spend as much as $112 million of the money.
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September 20, 2009 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
The budget deal reached late Friday in Harrisburg, which includes an extension of the state sales tax to cultural performances and venues - including museums - has stunned and angered the arts community. "We heard nothing about this until late last night," Peggy Amsterdam, head of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, said yesterday. "It must have been a very last-minute deal. Not only will it hit the arts organizations, but it will make it harder for people to pay. " Details of the ticket tax began to become clearer yesterday.
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April 24, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Culture Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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February 9, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
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October 31, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 27, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 21, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 3, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
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May 1, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
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