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Protect region’s rich culture with stable, assured funding

  • Posted Oct 27, 2007

Commentary in the Philadelphia Inquirer using the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance publication 2006 Portfolio, a report based on CDP data, to make the case for ongoing support of the arts in Philadelphia.

“As the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance reported last year, nearly half of the arts and cultural organizations in the region operate in the red. Among groups that cover their costs, margins are often “razor-thin,” the cultural alliance study noted. When even the city’s arts office has to close its doors, things are pretty shaky.

“Survey the landscape, and it’s clear this sector is too big and important to be allowed to falter. Culture generates an estimated $1.3 billion in spending by arts groups and their audiences, and it’s a major draw for visitors - even, to some degree, for businesses.”

Read the story here.