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File #: 200507    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COUNCIL - FINAL PASSAGE
File created: 9/24/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the creation of the Philadelphia Arts and Culture Task Force.
Sponsors: Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Domb
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 20050700
Authorizing the creation of the Philadelphia Arts and Culture Task Force.

WHEREAS, The arts and culture sector nationally is a booming market with a valuation of over eight hundred billion annually, or nearly 5% of total US GDP, according to the National Endowment for the Arts in a 2019 report; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia saw an over 4-billion-dollar economic impact from the arts and culture sector in 2017; and

WHEREAS, That economic impact created and sustained more than 55,000 jobs in the City; and

WHEREAS, The arts and culture sector in Philadelphia is a prime driver in the restaurant, hospitality, and tourism industries that have been among the worst hit economically by the pandemic; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia is one of the largest cities in the nation and it provides many of the same benefits of New York City - an international airport, vibrant consumer base, esteemed colleges, and a strong workforce - with a lower cost of living and friendlier tax structure; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia already has established roots in the arts and culture sector that position it to be a globally relevant player; and

WHEREAS, Despite the importance of the arts and culture sector, there have been few if any national level studies of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sector; and

WHEREAS, The Disadvantaged Community Task Force hearings have made clear that the arts and culture sector requires additional attention; and

WHEREAS, For Philadelphia to fully support and embrace the Arts and Culture sector, the sector must be represented by, be attended by, and speak to all of the City and its residents; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Arts and Culture Task Force will collectively work to sustain existing business, institutions and projects, incentivize new investment, and expand educational and career opportunities within a revitalized and diverse arts and culture sector in Philadelphia; now, therefore, be it


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