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Breakfast Club – “What If?” A Brainstorming Session about Trends, Forecasting, and the Future.

Wednesday, December 7
9:00 – 11:00am
1616 Walnut Street
$15 for Cultural Alliance Members, $30 for Nonmembers

As 2011 winds down and preparations for the New Year begin, join the Cultural Alliance to think about the future and how forecasting can play a role in your organization.

What will it mean for arts and cultural organizations when 1 out of 5 Americans will be over the age of 65 in less than 25 years? Will increasing gas prices affect leisure time travel? What is the impact of changes in the distribution of wealth in America? We’ll discuss these questions and many more in this inquisitive session.

We’ll read about trends and what they might mean for not only society, but for cultural organizations, in Museums & Society 2034: Trends and Potential Futures from the Center for the Future of Museums. We’ll also re-examine some of the trends we reported on in Research Into Action: Pathways to New Opportunities. While we don’t have a crystal ball, we will share some techniques and exercises that can help free our imaginations to think creatively about our futures.

Space is limited, register at

Breakfast Clubs are supported by The Wallace Foundation and The Philadelphia Foundation and are a program of the Cultural Alliance’s research and marketing initiative Engage 2020. Engage 2020 is sponsored by a lead grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, with additional support from The Wallace Foundation and The Philadelphia Foundation.


Celebrate Arts and Aging

Celebrate Arts & AgingResearch shows the arts are good for you, whether you’ve discovered a passion for painting or dance late in life, been a professional artist or simply enjoy being part of the audience. This May, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has joined with the Phillyfunguide to create a special promotion, Celebrate Arts & Aging that offers seniors dozens of special discounts on museums, theaters and special events; plus classes and workshops where they can exercise their own creativity.

Museums, theaters and cultural venues are offering special discounts on admission during May, and there are classes and workshops, exhibits of senior art and performances by seniors.

“We’ve partnered with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, which administers Phillyfunguide, to create a bigger and better version of the annual arts celebration which has been known as ‘Seniors Celebrate the Arts’ for the past seven years,” said Joan Zaremba, director of marketing and corporate relations for PCA. “Reflecting the new partnership, the festivities have a new name: ‘Celebrate Arts and Aging.’”

Keys to Quality Customer Service for Seniors and Patrons with Disabilities

Independence Starts Here LogoKeys to Quality Customer Service for Seniors and Patrons with Disabilities with Mimi Kenney Smith

Tuesday, April 20
9:00 -11:00am

The PlayGround at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
FREE. Space is limited, please register early at

Serving senior audiences and customers with disabilities provides significant opportunities for the cultural community. According to a 1998 Department of Labor statistic, more than 20 million families in the U.S. have at least one member with a disability. The estimated buying power for people with disabilities is over a trillion dollars and seniors with disabilities control up to 40% of the personal assets in America. Yet, when speaking with patrons with disabilities, their primary concern is not for the quality of the ramp or the captioning; it is for the quality of the customer service. This seminar will provide the keys to making sure that all customers are treated with respect and that first-time customers become long-term patrons.

This workshop is presented by Independence Starts Here, a community wide cultural-access initiative led by VSA Arts of Pennsylvania and Art-Reach in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA) and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) as part of Celebrate Arts & Aging.

Call for Senior Artists

‘engAGE! Celebrate Arts & Aging’ is a month-long, festival, presented by PCA & GPCA, featuring exhibitions of original artwork by older Philadelphians. Artists who are at least 55 years old are invited to submit artwork for exhibition throughout May in observance of Older Americans Month. Artists may submit one piece of artwork that was created within the past three years.

Submissions are due by Friday, March 26.

Application available for download, click here.

For more information,
call 215-765-9000, ext. 5052

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