Painting by student of Olney Charter School for a Mural Arts program designed to teach about the history of Philadelphia's 7th Ward. Courtesy of the Mayors Fund for Philadelphia.
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 Mayor’s Fund received a 2015 grant to support the OACCE’s Civic Practice, a yearlong discovery project to investigate the city government's ability to create civic dialogue through large-scale temporary public art.
In 2020, the Mayor’s Fund received a Project grant to support an effort from the Philadelphia City Archives titled 7th Ward Tribute, an installation of public art telling a place-based account of the vibrant communities that made a Philadelphia neighborhood, once known as the city’s 7th Ward, an important center of Black culture. The Philadelphia City Archives preserves all city records not in current use that possess historical, administrative, legal, research, cultural, or other important value.