Philly.com Article on Foundation Report on Philadelphia Arts Scene
A new William Penn Foundation-commissioned study paints a
portrait of the Philadelphia arts scene as rife with both promise and peril.
Capitalization, Scale and Investment: Does Growth Equal Gain? New study, commissioned by the William Penn Foundation, examines the state of Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector.
Survey paints bleak picture of Pa. school funding HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rising costs and shrinking state and federal aid at Pennsylvania's public schools are exacerbating a pattern of property-tax increases, school program cutbacks and employee layoffs, two statewide groups representing school managers said Thursday.
Shawn McCaney Discusses City's Investment in Public Space on NBC10's @Issue Shawn McCaney, Director of the Foundation’s Creative Community Grant
Center, recently appeared on NBC10’s @Issue program to discuss how the
city’s investments in public space have helped elevate the profile of
Philadelphia, including being ranked the #3 place in the world to visit
in 2015 by the New York Times.
Shawn McCaney Talks with NBC about Philadelphia's "Urban Oasis" Link to Interview
Announcing Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative Reimagining the City’s Gateway
the Free Library of Philadelphia welcomed more than six million visitors.
Thirty percent of those visitors stopped in monthly. In a single year, those
visitors generated more than 3 million reference questions, which equates to
two questions for every man, woman and child who lives in the city today.
What are all of these people seeking? Information and services, access
and opportunities. Historically, libraries were a hub for learning, reading,
and research. Today, they are so much more, offering resources and assistance
in everything from technology training, social services, job coaching, and,
yes, literacy and education. To support this massive growth of the Free
Library’s role in the fabric of the city, the Free Library of Philadelphia is
partnering with the William Penn Foundation and the City of Philadelphia to
announce the transformational Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries
Initiative, reestablishing the Library as a central resource in every
neighborhood in Philadelphia, serving as a portal to learning, public services,
economic opportunity, recreation, and community engagement.
William Penn Foundation bestows $25 million on Free Library for innovations, renovations
Library of Philadelphia has received the largest gift in its 120-year history:
$25 million from the William Penn Foundation.
is meant to transform the library into a vibrant, 21st-century institution.