November 14, 2014 |
The rich are getting richer and the poor are wasting away. Hundreds of representatives of city arts organizations at a meeting Wednesday night heard that unsettling, if not surprising, message about Philadelphia's cultural sector. According to data gathered by University of Pennsylvania researchers, the city experienced an "explosion of inequality" in the cultural world from 1997 to 2011. Despite talk of growth and the economic power of the arts, the cultural profile is at best scarred and pitted, particularly beyond Center City.
October 22, 2014 |
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.
July 3, 2014
ISSUE | IRAQ Homefront needs Once again, the interventionists who were wrong about the Iraq war are back ("Again, Cheney is up to his old tricks," June 29). But I remember Republicans often reminding us that we are deep in debt and cannot afford anything to help the American people. In fact, we are told we need cuts, austerity, and offsets, but when it comes to war, all bets on costs and debt are off. A country that cannot afford to provide for the welfare of its own people has no business getting involved in more warfare, while asking the same people for more sacrifices.
January 24, 2013 |
Tapper and choreographer Savion Glover will perform as part of the opening weekend of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, organizers said Wednesday, bringing a bit of the young and the funk to the second edition of the festival, which opens March 28 and runs through April 27. Jazz pianist and record producer Robert Glasper, Panamanian jazz artist Danilo Pérez and the Panama 500 Band, instrumentalist and composer DJ Dan Deacon, the...
September 25, 2012 |
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.
July 12, 2012 |
‘Set in Stone," the University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center's recently released study about the misguided cultural building boom of the 1990s and 2000s, has generated commentary around the country, including in The Inquirer. The study portrays a climate of cultural organizations gone wild, betting their futures on their ability to build and manage glamorous new buildings. Sadly, the good advice of the study and the ensuing commentary is being offered with 20/20 hindsight to many organizations that are now in financial turmoil as a result of such projects.
June 21, 2012
The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced a number of grants in the arts, inluding $831,000 to eight cultural organizations to enhance management, $873,000 to seven theaters, presenters and stage performers, and $2.1 million in operating support to 10 area cultural groups. Descriptions of the management grants can be found on the website of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage here: www.philly.com/pewmanage For a descriptions of the theater grants, go to the Pew center's website here: www.philly.com/pewtheater The operating grants can be found here: www.philly.com/pewoperate - Stephan Salisbury
May 24, 2012 |
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.
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.
September 16, 2011 |
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.