Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

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

April 9, 2012 - Content Admin
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