CultureBlocks Philadelphia

Document Type

Research Report




From 2011 to 2013, in conjunction with database development for, SIAP led a research collaboration with The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) that featured development of a multidimensional index 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 new policy tool helps conceptualize and measure culture as a dimension of social wellbeing and contributor to equitable communities.


CultureBlocks is a partnership of The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) and PolicyMap; the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and Department of Commerce; and the University of Pennsylvania, Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) with support by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and ArtPlace America.



Date Posted: 28 April 2017