Ah, springtime, when your mayor's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of...defunding the arts? Yup, Mayor Kenney is trying it again: a $2 million cut to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) in his proposed FY2024 budget. Last week, I spoke with Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance CEO Patricia Wilson Aden about why funding PCF is the best way for our city councilmembers to support the arts community. Check out the story below, and then take a moment to let City Hall know what you think about arts funding -- we're a powerful constituency.
In other news, we're covering openings at Tiny Dynamite, the Wilma, Two River Theater, InterAct, and MUSE Gallery. We're also taking a look at the second annual summit of Moms for Liberty, happening in Philly later this month, including a welcome party at the Museum of the American Revolution. Should our cultural institutions open their doors to anti-education, anti-government, anti-LGBTQ+ activists who are on a nationwide book-banning crusade?
Read on, and as always, let us know your thoughts.