City Of Philadelphia Receives Grant From National Endowment For The Arts

Philadelphia, June 17, 2014 – The City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) has received a $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which will be used for a new Performance in Public Spaces grant program, a City initiative to support artists and art organizations that are presenting free performances in parks, and plazas across the city in 2015.

“Philadelphia is a nationally recognized leader in public art. This Performance in Public Spaces project offers new opportunities to encourage an appreciation for creative expression through performance art,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I am honored that the NEA saw the merit in this program and I know the OACCE will make this project a great success.”

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia matched the NEA grant to the Performances in Public Places program, which will receive a total of $60,000.

“Philadelphia is reshaping everyday locations into dynamic spaces and adding programs to encourage use. We want to provide art groups with the opportunity to be included in the programming of these spaces without having to worry about where the money will come from,” says Helen Haynes, Chief Cultural Officer. “Our office seeks to promote the thriving art scene in Philadelphia and expose more people to interesting programming. In the past, OACCE has brought arts and culture to City Hall with City Hall Presents. Now, we are looking to go beyond the walls of City Hall and bring performances outdoors to share a unique arts and culture experience with even more residents and visitors.”

The program will showcase a variety of outdoor civic spaces across Philadelphia, including Paine’s Park, The Oval, The Porch at 30th Street, Spruce Street Harbor Park, RiverStage at the Great Plaza and Race St Pier. The OACCE will work with other city agencies to select additional spaces for performances. The OACCE will finalize the program details over the summer and launch the artist application process in the fall.


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