CultureBlocks Philadelphia

Document Type

Research Report




From 2011 to 2013, SIAP with Reinvestment Fund undertook new research that featured development of multidimensional indexes of social wellbeing for the city of Philadelphia. This report presents the results of that collaboration. Chapter 1 documents construction of a neighborhood-based social wellbeing index for the city. Chapter 2 uses the social wellbeing index to analyze patterns of advantage and disadvantage in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Chapter 3 draws on SIAP's historical data to examine changes in Philadelphia's cultural ecology between 1997 and 2012. The summary highlights how the policy tool helps conceptualize and measure culture as a dimension of social wellbeing as well as a contributor to equitable communities.


SIAP undertook this research in collaboration with Reinvestment Fund and in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and Department of Commerce with support by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA Our Town Program) and ArtPlace America.



Date Posted: 28 April 2017