Philadelphia:Arts, Culture & The Creative Economy

The Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council (MCAC) yesterday presented Mayor Michael A. Nutter with Creative Philadelphia: A Vision Plan for Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy; a plan that establishes a clear set of goals, objectives and strategies to realize Philadelphia’s vision for a thriving artistic and creative community.

The document is the fulfillment of one of the MCAC’s specific charges, assisting Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer in developing a multi-year plan for the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE).

“Philadelphia is fast becoming known as an epicenter for the making of art and as a creative place where people want to live and do business,” said Mayor Nutter. “The Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Committee has presented to me a comprehensive plan for how our City can continue this progress and strategies for how we can elevate Philadelphia as a world class City for the arts.”

One of the key goals of the plan is to establish a concrete vision of Philadelphia, a city where art, culture and the creative economy are essential elements in making the Philadelphia region a great place to live, work and visit, and are active partners in helping to address the city’s challenges and opportunities in the areas of economic development, quality of life and education.

To bring about this vision are five overarching goals:

  • Ensure Philadelphia’s recognition as a world-class creative city;
  • Make the arts accessible and relevant to Philadelphia residents and visitors;
  • Incorporate arts, culture and the creative economy into the core of the City’s economic development, tourism, promotional and community revitalization strategies;
  • Provide access to high quality cultural experiences and arts education for all Philadelphia children; and
  • Ensure that artists, cultural organizations and creative businesses have access to the resources they need to be successful.

“This Creative Philadelphia plan gives Mayor Nutter and his administration a clear road map for strategies to pursue during their second term, which will provide significant long-term benefits to all Philadelphians,” said Joseph Kluger, Chair of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council.  “I am grateful to my MCAC colleagues for the time and energy they have invested in the development of this exciting plan and to the Mayor and Chief Cultural Officer for their receptivity to our recommendations.”

The MCAC is a 49-member advisory body comprised of individual artists; professionals with creative commercial firms; leaders of the city’s diverse nonprofit arts, culture, history, and heritage groups; and funders of those nonprofit groups.  The purposes of the MCAC include advising the Mayor and Chief Cultural Officer on issues relating to the arts, culture and the creative economy; serving as a “think tank” for the development of strategies to address arts and cultural issues and opportunities; and providing assistance to the OACCE.


About the OACCE: The mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City.

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