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Your Help Needed to Restore Arts Funding in Philadelphia


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Your Help Needed to Restore Arts Funding in Philadelphia
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:57:41 PM »
April 22nd is the first-ever Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day and we need arts supporters from across the region to show their support!

As City Council works to finalize and approve the budget for FY2015, we ask that you urge them to be champions for arts & culture and restore funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund back to its 2010 level of $3.2 million. We have two ways you can show your support:

Sign Our Online Petition
It only takes a few minutes, and we'll deliver the signatures to City Council during our budget hearing testimony on April 22nd.

Help Us Pack Council Chambers for our Budget Hearing Testimony on April 22nd
We need to show City Council that Philadelphians from every neighborhood care about the future of arts & culture in our city. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 6pm, but we ask that you please arrive by 5pm to give yourself enough time to move through security and grab a seat—it will be a packed day of testimony!

Since 1991, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund has provided vital funding for our city’s arts & culture organizations. These groups are part of a vibrant cultural sector which plays a significant role in strengthening our economy, enhancing a sense of place and community for our residents, and educating our youth. Philadelphia is also continuously recognized internationally as a world-class cultural destination, and attracts millions of tourists and visitors each year. Yet even as our rich cultural scene continues to grow and accolades pour in from across the globe, since 2010 the City has let the Philadelphia Cultural Fund operate under a slashed budget.

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund provides cultural groups in every neighborhood of the city with vital operating support for all of their activities. With an increase in funding, they would be able to reinstate the Youth Arts Enrichment Grants, which provide project support for arts-education programs serving K-12 students in the Philadelphia School District. As school budget cuts force schools to eliminate existing arts programs, cultural organizations are playing an increasing role in arts education, and these PCF grants would provide much-needed funds.

We're counting on you to help us let City Council know that our cultural sector matters. Act now, and please spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues!