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Please contact all your elected officials, state and federal, asking them to support funding the arts. It's important to voice your opinion, but when we all do, then it's a groundswell of support to #SaveTheArts.

To find your elected offiicials click here

Friday, April 28, is the deadline for Congress to pass a Continuing Resolution allowing the government to continue spending money, including federal arts funding. The Administration has called on Congress to strip $30 million in funding to the NEA and the NEH in the FY17 Continuing Resolution.

Congratulations to Bucks County Community College on celebrating their golden anniversary! Since its founding in 1964, Bucks has brought affordable higher education to residents of the county and beyond. It was launched as part of the burgeoning community college movement in the U.S. that sought to bring college within reach for all citizens.


The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, GroundSwell is a growing coalition of organizations, including the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County, and residents working to make our region a better place for kids to grow into adults, for families to thrive and for businesses to grow and prosper. 

GroundSwell affects change from the ground up, one small action at a time. When you volunteer at a local community arts organization, help to clean up a community park, donate books to your local library, or even just pick up litter around your neighborhood, you are making a real difference and sending a clear message. Pride of place is contagious, and when you show that you care, you inspire others as well.

GroundSwell operates under the belief that there is no such thing as a single-issue citizen, that people don’t care about only one issue to the exclusion of all others. Making real, lasting change requires mobilizing people and organizations across a host of issues, including arts and culture, libraries, parks and public spaces. When these kinds of organizations work together to engage residents in meaningful action, we build a broader grassroots network of supporters and advocates and leverage our shared resources to make a greater Greater Philadelphia.

For more information, news or to get involved click here.



Advocacy Day 2015 - Norman Lear presented

   Groundbreaking TV producer, Emmy winner (All in the Family) and social activist Norman Lear presented the Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy on March 23, 2015.  To learn more, click here.

Americans for the Arts

Hosted by Americans for the Arts and cosponsored by 85+ national arts organizations, National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations.


Advocacy Day 2014
Alec Baldwin presented
Every year, grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington DC to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.  Learn more here. See Alec Baldwin's remarks from 2014 here and from 2012's event here.



Advocacy Day 2013 

Yo-Yo Ma presented

Watch his eloquent  lecture and performance "Art for Life's Sake"   

here on You Tube


"Every day, through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imagination, to dream just a little bigger, and to strive every day to reach those dreams.” ~ Michelle Obama

PA's Gubernatorial Candidates Provide Positions on Arts and Culture- 2014
Election season is in full swing and with the gubernatorial primary just five days away, our partners at the Cultural Alliance wanted to know each of the Democratic candidates' positions on some of the major issues facing the cultural sector in Pennsylvania. Get the full scoop here.  
Gov. Corbett Budget Plan Maintains Funding for Arts & Culture
On February 5th, 2013, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett presented his $28.4 billion budget plan before the General Assembly. The Cultural Alliance has combed through the budget documents to assess the full impact of the Governor's proposal. This year's budget plan presents some marginal gains, but largely offers level public funding for arts and culture.

Budget Passed: What It Means for Arts and Culture

On June 30, 2012 with only minutes to spare before the end of the fiscal year, Governor Corbett fulfilled his pledge with another budget passed on time. The Cultural Alliance was relieved to learn that cultural line items had either been level funded or modestly increased, despite another year of difficult cuts and budget austerity. Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and zoos both saw funding remain level, and tourism and the Historical and Museums Commissions were increased. For a full run-down of culture-related line items and how they fared in the fiscal year 2012-13 budget, click here
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On May 9th, 2012 the Pennsylvania Senate passed budget bill SB 1466 by a vote of 39-8. This bill proposes level funding for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, with $8.2 million allocated for grants to arts organizations and $886,000 for administration.  SB 1466 also restores cuts to higher education made in Gov. Corbett's budget and includes modest increases for public education and some social welfare programs.  Next, the bill goes to the PA House of Representatives for their input.


For the latest Arts Advocacy information, research and activities in this region,
the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County recommends that you visit the Cultural Alliance's Online Action Center.
The pages of  the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's website are your "one-stop shop" for the latest on issues affecting the cultural sector from Harrisburg to Washington D.C.  Read up to date information on the latest advocacy issues.

Coomunicate with your legislators! Find your elected officials and their contact information by  clicking here.

Click here for the PORTFOLIO research report which can help you make the case for the impact of arts and culture in our region.

Questions?  Contact GPCA's Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, at 215-399-3522 or

More info with Americans For the Arts. Also check out the "Links to Resources" tab under our "HELP" menu.

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The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County works on behalf of the arts & cultural community throughout the region to collaborate, communicate and advocate on their behalf.  Your generous donation makes it possible for us to continue to improve and enhance our services – providing support, workshops and forums to benefit our diverse community.

Our mission is to foster, strengthen, and promote Bucks County's diverse arts and culture, thereby contributing to a more vibrant community.

 Guidestar  Since 1998, Bucks County’s arts and cultural organizations have grown by 76% - nearly three times the rate of inflation!*  This growth and expansion has contributed to the county’s economic growth - making Bucks County an outstanding place to live, work and do business.  
Charitable contributions are vital to the success of the Arts & Cultural Council’s mission and are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.  Thank you for your support!


"Every day, through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imagination, to dream just a little bigger, and to strive every day to reach those dreams.”    ~ Michelle Obama



*2014 Portfolio report by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Contact Us

Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County
c/o Department of the Arts
Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940

215.968.8229 phone
215.504.8530 fax


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