The Philadelphia City Fund, formerly the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, is a nonprofit organization that aims to advance the mayor’s goals and benefit the citizens of Philadelphia through public-private partnerships, working closely with city government, private businesses, and community organizations. The fund manages more than 150 individual programs, supporting public safety, education, culture and the creative economy, civic engagement, and other mayoral priorities. These programs include the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), which is committed to equitable support of culture and creativity throughout the city’s neighborhoods. OACCE supports free cultural programming, creates opportunities for local artists and creative organizations, connects Philadelphians to quality arts experiences, and preserves the City’s public art assets.
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) will convene a national task force of artists, cultural leaders, and city officials, led by Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson, for a yearlong discovery process to investigate how city government can engage a broad spectrum of communities in civic dialogue through large-scale temporary public art. The results of the task force will lay the foundation for planning a potential first public art site, as well as artist and curator-led community events. Civic Practice will focus on the Choice Neighborhood of North Philadelphia, designated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as an area to receive federal support to address deep-rooted neighborhood challenges. The OACCE will also engage with Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and Temple University. The project will result in a manuscript detailing the experience and process, and serve as a model for city-led civic engagement.
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