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Strengthening Philly’s Arts and Culture Sector
By Kate Huffman
Posted on 10/21/2021 7:00 PM
Cultural Alliance Musician
Musician at Annual Meeting 2019
Photo by Ryan Brandenberg

Of the hundreds of arts organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area, did you know that one organization connects them all? The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is the region's main arts and culture service organization, with over 430 members which range from museums and dance companies to community art centers, historic sites, music ensembles and arts education organizations. Our mission is to “lead, strengthen and amplify the voices of a cultural community that ignites creativity, inspires people and is essential for a healthy region.”

The Cultural Alliance believes Greater Philadelphia is defined by its arts and culture sector. Our cultural organizations, artists, and history of creative expression are a crucial part of our identity, vitality, and economic growth. The Cultural Alliance is the collective voice of the region’s cultural sector. We advocate for financial support for the arts from the city, state and federal government. As a membership and service organization working on behalf of this sector, the Cultural Alliance believes in supporting the growth and sustainability of arts organizations. Our Job Bank is the region's top resource of job opportunities in the arts and culture industry. Our Phillyfunguide events calendar reaches 150,000 people every month. The Cultural Alliance's research focuses on the impact of arts and culture and is used to communicate its importance in our lives.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cultural Alliance—along with the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy— launched the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL fund on April 13, 2020. This emergency response fund supported individual artists as well as arts and culture organizations whose livelihoods were devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund awarded $4 million to 466 arts and culture organizations and 977 individual artists.

If you love local arts and culture, you'll love the work the Cultural Alliance does to support arts and culture organizations. If you like to attend arts and culture events, you'll appreciate the Phillyfunguide calendar. And if you care about the future of arts and culture in the region, you'll value the research and advocacy work of the Cultural Alliance.

Join us for the Cultural Alliance’s Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually on Monday, November 8, 2021, beginning at 4:00 pm. Register online here: The Annual Meeting is the Cultural Alliance's largest event held for our members and supporters. Attending the Annual Meeting is a wonderful way to learn about the scope and impact of the Alliance's work.

Kate Huffman

Kate Huffman is the Director of Development at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. She helps raise resources so the Cultural Alliance can fulfil its mission of leading, strengthening, and amplifying the voices of the region’s arts and culture community. Kate is a clarinet player and earned her bachelor’s degree in music and business from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She also has a masters’ degree from Goldsmiths, University of London in arts administration and cultural policy. She loves to attend live music performances and is a fan of modern and abstract visual art.
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