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National Guild and Creative Philadelphia to Present Free, Public Forum on Equity in the Arts

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Oct 07, 2015

Like nutrition, health care, and shelter, arts and culture should be a right for all residents. In many major cities, we have seen a decline in investment in cultural resources in low-income neighborhoods.

On November 11, 2015 at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts the National Guild and Creative Philadelphia will present Everyone's Right to Arts and Culture: A Community Conversation, a free, public forum to discuss what is at stake in our communities when wide disparities persist in who has access to arts and culture and who does not, as well as to explore what we all can be doing to increase cultural equity.

The evening will kick-off with a moderated panel discussion about local efforts to close the gaps involving representatives of the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact of the Arts Project; Creative Philadelphia — the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy; and People's Emergency Center. You will then have an opportunity to participate in a town-hall style dialogue aimed at sparking critical questions, insights, and ideas.

This community conversation is open to all. A light reception with live music will follow. The Guild will be providing roundtrip transportation from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for all registered conference delegates.

This forum will be hosted the day before the National Guild’s Conference for Community Arts Education (Nov. 11 -14, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown), which features experts and practitioners in arts education and other sectors working collectively in communities across the country to increase equitable access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. To learn more about the conference program and register, visit

Speakers for the event include:

  •     Helen Haynes, Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (Creative Philadelphia) , Philadelphia, PA
  •     Jonathan Herman, Executive Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education, New York, NY
  •     Mark Stern, Kenneth L. M. Pray Professor of Social Policy and History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  •     Kira Strong, Vice President of Community and Economic Development, People's Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.