Blog Posts for community engagement

The Case for Culture in the Promise Zone: Connecting Federal Initiatives with Place-Based Culture

Posted by Lindsay Tucker So, Aug 19, 2015 0 comments

Philadelphia is known for a lot of things: Rocky, Will Smith, dedicated sports fans, cheesesteaks…

We’re also a city where:

  • Approximately 3 out of every 10 residents are eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • 18% did not graduate high school
  • 7.8% are unemployed (well above the national, state, and regional levels)
  • We have the 6th highest homicide rate among nation’s 10 largest cities

 (Pew State of the City 2015)

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Where the Cultural Life Flowers, the Community as a Whole Prospers and Grows

Posted by Clayton Lord, Aug 17, 2015 0 comments

What makes a “healthy, vibrant, equitable community” healthy, vibrant, or equitable? As time marches on, what challenges will be presented to that community—to the millions of different communities that exist and overlap in every part of our lives? And how can the arts be a part of pushing past those challenges, empowering change, and creating a brighter future?

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Transforming the Field

Posted by Jason Tseng, Aug 07, 2015 0 comments

“To fundamentally transform the field in order to meet a fundamentally changing nation and time, we need to fundamentally change who is in the field ”

This was the prompt I was given, earlier this year, when I was asked to speak at the Americans for the Arts Convention. It so happens that I spend a lot of time thinking about transforming the arts and culture field; on the account of the fact that I work for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit technology organization that helps artists with the business side of the creative work, where transforming the status quo of the field is part and parcel of everything that we do.

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The Intersection of Creative Youth Development and Creative Community Development

Posted by Matt D'Arrigo, Jul 13, 2015 0 comments

My last blog “The Power of Place: The Importance of Dedicated 3rd Spaces for Youth to Engage in the Arts” talked about the importance of creating dedicated 3rd spaces in the community for youth to engage in the arts. I talked about our successes of creating the ARTS Center in National City – a low income, blighted community with high rates of violent crime, poverty, and unemployment. The ARTS Center is a colorful, vibrant, and safe oasis within the community for youth to come after-school and on weekends to be healed, inspired, and empowered through the arts. 

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