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. https://www.philaculture.org/groundswell
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.
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 2013
Yo-Yo Ma presented
Watch his eloquent lecture and performance "Art for Life's Sake"
"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
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
LEARN MORE AND TAKE ACTION!
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.