Mission: To lead, strengthen, and amplify the voices of arts and cultural producers in ways that ignite creativity, inspire people, and contribute to a healthy region.
About the organization: Established in 1972, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is a membership and service organization that works to strengthen and amplify the voices of more than four hundred and sixty nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural organizations. Based on the belief that cultural organizations, artists, and a history of creative expression are a crucial part of a region's identity, vitality, and economic growth, the alliance works to support the growth of arts organizations and their audiences, sustain the arts in schools, preserve diverse cultural activities in the region's communities, and empower arts and cultural organizations to make a difference. Member organizations represent a broad range of disciplines, including the performing arts, museums, galleries, the visual arts, art history, community arts and education, science and horticulture, and research; annual membership dues are based on an organization's operating expenses (nonprofits) or annual revenues (for-profits).
Current programs: GPCA's services include research on the health and growth of the sector; grantmaking in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; marketing and audience development through its Phillyfunguide, Funsavers, and STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly) programs; and capacity building, professional development, and membership services, including the PhillySpaceFinder and Job Bank.
The organization's advocacy and policy strategy efforts include the Agenda series, a new initiative aimed at highlighting the impact of arts and culture on civic issues such as early childhood education, economic development, and wellness, while its community engagement services include a Legislator Look-Up tool and voter resources. Over the years, GPCA's advocacy efforts have contributed to the establishment of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF); the re-establishment of a stronger municipal Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE); the defeat of a proposed state "arts tax"; and an increase in the budget for PCF grantmaking programs.
COVID-19 response: In partnership with the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the City of Philadelphia's OACCE, the alliance launched the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Fund in support of individual artists and small (annual budgets of up to $250,000) and midsize (annual budgets of between $250,000 and $15 million) organizations whose operations, revenues, work, and livelihood have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus. With the help of a $2.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation and leadership gifts from the Barra Foundation and Wyncote Foundation, the fund awarded grants totaling $4 million in June to nearly five hundred organizations and more than a thousand individual artists.
Website: Visitors to the GPCA site can learn more about its services and member benefits, check out a membership directory, browse arts sector-related research, keep abreast of the lateest developments through the organization's blog, look for or post a job on the Job Bank, and/or get involved by becoming a member or making a donation.
Funding: GPCA is supported by membership dues, program fees, and individual donors, as well as government and other grants.