The past year was a difficult one for Philadelphia’s arts and culture community, including the City’s own Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE). Despite a reduced budget and staff, OACCE has pressed forward with its efforts to support Philadelphia’s diverse arts community, close the gap in access to the arts, and manage the City’s public arts assets.

As 2021 approaches, OACCE is working to reimagine and ramp up its programming. 

  • Art in City Hall will return on a limited scale and frequency. 
  • OACCE will continue to support free cultural programming in neighborhoods
  • The Arts Access Calendar will be back on in early 2021, providing a centralized listing of free arts and culture activities throughout the city. Any organization will be able to submit their free events to OACCE for inclusion on the calendar.
  • OACCE will start a new initiative to air free programming from local arts and culture organizations of all sizes for free on the City’s public access TV channel—PHLgovTV
  • Conservation of the City’s public art collection and posting of new Percent for Art opportunities will continue. 
  • Design proposals will be presented for the Bethel Burying Ground project, and one team will be selected.