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July 13, 1989 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two local cultural institutions, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, are looking for professional leaders to carry them into the 1990s. The opening at the Cultural Alliance, a service and information center for 204 member organizations, occurred with the resignation on June 30 of executive director Carol Coren, who left after 21 months in the job. Coren was the alliance's fifth executive director since its founding in 1972. She is credited with wiping out a debt of more than $300,000, strengthening the organization's administration and increasing its membership.
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September 25, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Arts and cultural organizations have a multibillion-dollar impact on the Philadelphia region's economy, and are among the nation's most productive in creation of jobs and stirring up economic activity. Only those in the Washington area generate more per-capita expenditures, and in terms of jobs, no region comes close to Southeastern Pennsylvania. Cultural activity generates nearly $170 million in state and local taxes annually and supports 44,000 jobs within the city and its four suburban Pennsylvania counties, according to a study set for release Monday by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
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October 5, 1989 | By Lucinda Fleeson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Orchestra concertgoers value the educational aspect of the performances. At the less-traditional Painted Bride Art Center, patrons tend to be younger than patrons of other performance organizations and generally have less money, but they also tend to give money more freely. Members of the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum are often joining a cultural institution for the first time. These and other findings are included in a $600,000 survey funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts to improve marketing at regional cultural institutions.
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July 20, 1987 | By HOWARD SCHNEIDER, Daily News Staff Writer
Payments to five black cultural groups that have been able to win funding from two separate city grant sources have been temporarily suspended by City Council President Joseph E. Coleman because, he said, the combined amounts may be "excessive. " All five groups were due to receive money through the city's Class 500 fund, a $12 million program of annual awards to community, arts and civic organizations. Class 500 grants are distributed annually by City Council in consultation with the Goode administration.
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July 20, 1990 | By George Anastasia, Denise-Marie Santiago and Jerry Byrd, Inquirer Staff Writers
Richard Scholl, would-be philanthropist and suspected scam artist, once explained his vision of opera to Robert Capanna, executive director of the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia. "He had a very idealistic vision of performance," Capanna said yesterday. "He had this idea that if he could remove the performance from a commercial realm, he could have it happen in a very pure style. That's the basis on which he approached it. "Apparently, he had the means to make it happen.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2010 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
The impact of severe recession on the region's cultural organizations appears to be moderating, according to a survey released Friday by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Single-ticket sales are growing for 37 percent of the surveyed organizations, and 75 percent reported stable or increased individual giving. But nearly half (49 percent) of those surveyed reported reduced government support, and more than a third said they had seen a decline in corporate support.
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September 19, 2001 | By Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
State officials have announced that they plan to scrutinize the Camden Parking Authority's records after the authority gave more than $158,000 in grants to four nonprofit groups last month. In a letter to Judy E. Fulton, the authority's new executive director, dated Thursday, the state also ordered the authority not to give out any more such grants. In the two-page letter, Anthony Cancro, acting director of the state's Division of Local Government, said his agency "intends to undertake an extensive examination of the Parking Authority's financial records.
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January 25, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
The nation's cultural and arts activity has been sharply undercut by recession and continuing economic woes, according to an index compiled by Americans for the Arts, a Washington service and lobbying group. The National Arts Index, a measure comprising 81 separate indicators, fell in 2009 to its lowest point ever, 97.7. That compares with a high of 103.9 in 2007. The index has been used to measure cultural vitality since 1998, when it stood at 101.4. The arts group said that 41 percent of nonprofit arts organizations reported a deficit to the Internal Revenue Service for 2008, up from 36 percent in 2007.
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July 14, 2006 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
The Opera Company of Philadelphia has received $1.08 million; Settlement Music School, headquartered in South Philadelphia, $600,000; and People's Light & Theatre Company, of Malvern, Chester County, $516,000 - the largest of 21 grants announced yesterday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The awards, given through Pew's annual Philadelphia cultural leadership program, acknowledge and support cultural organizations exhibiting - in Pew's view - "strong leadership and management" that enable the delivery of "innovative and cutting-edge cultural experiences for our region's arts audiences," according to Marian Godfrey, managing director of Pew's culture and civic initiatives.
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April 24, 2003 | By Mitch Lipka INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey's arts community gathered here yesterday and pushed the notion that when your head is about to get lopped off, squawking loudly and frequently could be a lifesaver. Since Gov. McGreevey proposed widespread budget cuts to close a $5 billion gap between income and spending, the representatives of arts, history and culture have been perhaps the fiercest defenders of their collective turf. They have lobbied, spoken to theater and concert crowds, and posed the large question of whether subtracting arts from society was good public policy.
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October 22, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The region's arts and cultural organizations experienced modest, uneven recovery over the last three years, according to Portfolio, a report issued Monday by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. But even with recovery, two out of every five organizations operated at a loss in the last fiscal year, and about 150 organizations have been compelled to reduce expenses and programs over the last three years. That said, about 70 organizations, largely medium-size groups with annual budgets ranging from $250,000 to $1,000,000, are showing marked growth, according to Portfolio.
NEWS
October 2, 2013
The Philadelphia cultural community's increasing financial challenges are to some extent a result of its success and growth over the last two decades. And there would be no solace for arts groups or their boosters in saying they had a good, long run. The Inquirer's Peter Dobrin is offering a comprehensive, three-part look at what may be a watershed moment for the arts in the region, the second part of which appeared Sunday. The series makes it clear that there is no going back. Several recent, authoritative studies on the economic impact of the arts have put their worth to the region in the billions.
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October 19, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
There are about 600 history organizations in the Philadelphia area - archives, tiny libraries, house museums, cultural groups - all virtually run on a shoestring and isolated from each other. Some are open by appointment. Some have regular hours, though perhaps only a few a week. Some are shut down entirely until a volunteer is rustled up to take care of visitors or researchers. Each of these small groups and buildings has passionate devotees trying to keep things going, and passionate - or potentially passionate - audiences.
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September 25, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Arts and cultural organizations have a multibillion-dollar impact on the Philadelphia region's economy, and are among the nation's most productive in creation of jobs and stirring up economic activity. Only those in the Washington area generate more per-capita expenditures, and in terms of jobs, no region comes close to Southeastern Pennsylvania. Cultural activity generates nearly $170 million in state and local taxes annually and supports 44,000 jobs within the city and its four suburban Pennsylvania counties, according to a study set for release Monday by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
NEWS
September 17, 2012
A STRONG CONSTITUTION Happy 225th birthday to the U.S. Constitution! To celebrate, the National Constitution Center will be free all day Monday with a full slate of activities, such as a reading of an explanation of the Constitution and discussions about the document. 525 Arch St., 215-409-6600, constitutioncenter.org. PHILLY STYLE The Philadelphia Collection, the third annual citywide celebration of our city's fashion and design scene, is under way through Thursday with runway and trunk shows, parties, student design competitions and more.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury
The region's cultural organizations are showing signs of recovery from the fiscal crisis and deep recession that began in 2007, according to an annual survey conducted by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Individual giving is up, foundation support is up, earned income is up, and even some hiring is under way, the survey shows. "This recovery is a testament both to how organizations have restructured and how Philadelphians have placed a high value on culture in their communities," Tom Kaiden, alliance president, said in a statement.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
Philadelphia-area arts patrons rightly are being called "the heroes of the region's cultural sector" for having stepped up to the box office in greater numbers during the brutal recession, even as deep-pocketed businesses and philanthropies retreated on aid to culture. Even with those heroic efforts, however, a new survey by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance of the recession's impact in 2009 shows cultural organizations were "hanging on by their fingertips" to stay open, according to GPCA president Tom Kaiden.
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September 16, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
The first comprehensive look at how the region's arts and cultural organizations fared financially during the steep recession of 2009 does not present a pretty picture. Usually operating on the thinnest of margins even during good times, half of the region's arts groups plunged dramatically into the red as the recession took hold in fiscal 2009. The financial analysis, the third biennial report on the cultural sector undertaken by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, shows sharp declines in investment and interest income, and in corporate, foundation, and government support.
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January 25, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
The nation's cultural and arts activity has been sharply undercut by recession and continuing economic woes, according to an index compiled by Americans for the Arts, a Washington service and lobbying group. The National Arts Index, a measure comprising 81 separate indicators, fell in 2009 to its lowest point ever, 97.7. That compares with a high of 103.9 in 2007. The index has been used to measure cultural vitality since 1998, when it stood at 101.4. The arts group said that 41 percent of nonprofit arts organizations reported a deficit to the Internal Revenue Service for 2008, up from 36 percent in 2007.
NEWS
May 9, 2010 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Battleship New Jersey, a Camden waterfront attraction that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors since 2001, is facing a fight it may not win if Gov. Christie's state budget is adopted. The ship's state aid was reduced during the last few years from $3.4 million annually to $1.7 million. Now its dedicated funding - nearly 40 percent of its budget - has been eliminated from the governor's spending plan. The museum would have to compete with more than 60 historical societies, museums, and sites for a share of $2.7 million dispensed by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the same amount the organization oversaw this fiscal year.
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