CultureBlocks Philadelphia

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This report is a SIAP update for partners (The Reinvestment Fund, PolicyMap, and Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy) on CultureBlocks work undertaken from Dec 2011 to Dec 2012. SIAP/TRF research and data analyses underway included:

  • a cross-­sectional analysis of associations between cultural assets and social and community indicators by neighborhood;
  • a time-­series of the geography of cultural assets between 1997 and 2010, using SIAP’s historical database; and
  • a Philadelphia livability/social inclusion index that links information on cultural assets with other community indices on neighborhood vitality and social wellbeing.

The report also includes: Appendix A--"Natural" Cultural Districts and Public Policy (Manuscript, June 2012); Appendix B--How does the composition of a cultural district influence its sustainability? (Working Paper, Nov 2012); Appendix C--Livability/social inclusion index data grid (Matrix, Nov 2012); Appendix D--Social inclusion in Philadelphia: A multidimensional approach (Powerpoint Presentation, Oct 2012);

Appendix E provides links to SIAP ArtPlace Blogs on Philadelphia's creative assets maps (Dec 2011 - Aug 2012) and Americans for the Arts blogs on the arts, culture and social wellbeing (May 2012).


The CultureBlock project was made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA Chairman’s Grant and Our Town Grant) and ArtPlace America.



Date Posted: 29 April 2017