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The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) closes the gap in access to the arts for all Philadelphians and is committed to equitable support of culture and creativity throughout the city’s neighborhoods. OACCE supports free cultural programming; creates opportunities for local artists and creative organizations; connects Philadelphians to quality arts experiences; and preserves the City’s public art assets.

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Philly Celebrates Jazz is the City of Philadelphia’s annual celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month each April. The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE) invites all generations of creatives to be part of Philly Celebrates Jazz 2023. Through OACCE's Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP), there is funding available to provide free, high quality, jazz inspired events in Philadelphia County. Please complete the application below if you are interested in received funding for your event: 

Who Can Apply: 

  • Artists (Ex: musician, puppeteer, dancer)
  • Arts / Cultural Organizations (Ex: cultural heritage group, cultural institution, arts center)
  • Cultural Event Producers (Ex: festival organizer)
  • Civic Leaders (Ex: block captain, member of a neighborhood association)

Philly Celebrates Jazz Event Requirements

  • Free to the public
  • Located in Philadelphia County
  • Funds support Philadelphia based artists  and/or cultural organizations
  • Have a live / interactive component
  • Strategy to market and promote the event in the neighborhood

Funding Deadline and Application Timeline

  • Event must be between April 1st, 2023 and April 30th, 2023
  • Application Deadline - February 20th, 2023
  • Funding Determination Notification - Week of February 27th

Jazz events that are Interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative interpretations of jazz are encouraged. Philadelphia creatives are known for collaborations and influences between jazz and other creative mediums of expression. Some notable examples include 2020-2021 Philadelphia Poet Laureate Trapeta Mayson’s spoken word poetry collaborations with the late legendary jazz guitarist Monette Sudler; James Dupree’s colorful jazz-inspired paintings; Drexel Professor Alphonso McClendon’s book entitled Fashion and Jazz: Dress, Identity and Subcultural Improvisation; and Chef Omar Tate’s jazz-inspired culinary expressions.

OACCE encourages Philadelphia’s creatives to take inspiration from these examples when proposing events for OACCE's Philly Celebrates funding. In addition, OACCE is seeking musical performances that honor jazz history and support Philadelphia’s talented musicians and cultural organizations.

Examples of events that could be included in the calendar include but are not limited to:

  • A live jazz music performance
  • A live drawing class accompanied by a jazz musician
  • A spoken word performance influenced by the melodic and improvisational traditions of jazz
  • A walking tour of jazz inspired murals or historic sites in Philadelphia
  • A jazz dance, exercise, yoga or other forms of movement classes or performance

OACCE is providing $500 grants, $1000 grants, and $1500 grants to produce free jazz inspired cultural events in Philadelphia during the month of April. Applicants must select the category of funding they are applying for. The amount requested should be proportionate to the size, impact, and number of artists supported by the cultural event. Funding must be used to pay artists, and all funding recipients must be Philadelphia County residents.

Funding recipients must provide a certificate of insurance (COI) for the arts activity or event. OACCE can provide guidance in obtaining a COI if you / your organization does not carry general liability insurance – please see this one pager for more information on purchasing one-time event insurance.

Questions? Contact creativephl@gmail.com.

Blanche A. Nixon/ Cobbs Creek Library
Project Budget: $150,000
Deadline: March 10, 2023

Project Overview:

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program and Rebuild announce a competition to commission a site-specific, community driven public artwork for the Blanche A. Nixon/ Cobbs Creek Library. The Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library is a Rebuild designated project consisting of interior and exterior library renovations and exterior site improvements.

This public art project will be an outdoor sculptural representation of Blanche A. Nixon on the library grounds, near the Cobbs Creek Parkway and Baltimore Ave corner. The purpose of this Percent for Art opportunity is to create a beautiful and enduring work of public art that is permanent, site-specific, and reflects the culture, values, and diversity of the Cobbs Creek community. An important goal for this public art project will be to honor the life and legacy of Blanche A. Nixon, the community activist for whom the library is named. Artists will be encouraged to interpret Blanche A. Nixon’s story and the history and culture of Cobbs Creek in meaningful and engaging ways, using materials that are appropriate and durable for exterior use.

 The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art program invites all interested artists or artist teams to apply for this public art commission. Priority will be given to artists or artist teams who reflect the diversity of the Cobbs Creek community, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and female artists or artist teams are strongly encouraged to apply.  Qualified local artists or artist teams who live or work in the community around the Blanche A Nixon library will also be prioritized for this opportunity, but any artist may apply.

Public input and participation will be vital to ensuring the voices of the community are reflected in the development of the Blanche A. Nixon sculpture. Community engagement opportunities will allow Semi-Finalists to hear directly from members of the public about their ideas and aspirations for this project. Semi-Finalists will be encouraged to align their proposals with input and feedback provided by the community.

A total budget of up to $150,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, renderings, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses.

View the Call for Artists for full details
View Sample Percent for Art Semi-Finalist Terms of Agreement
View Sample Public Art Contract

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What is Art in City Hall

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy (OACCE) invites Philadelphia’s cultural community to present proposals to exhibit art in display cases on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of historic City Hall.

Art in City Hall is an exhibits program that transforms the public corridors of City Hall into a platform for the arts. It provides an opportunity for Philadelphia’s diverse cultural organizations  to present their artistic expressions and utilize the visual arts to amplify community voices, foster healing and community dialogue in the most important civic building in the city – The People’s Building. The program is committed to presenting a wide range of ideas and artistic explorations to showcase the important role the arts play in our communities.


Local nonprofits and cultural organizations are invited to submit proposals. Collaborations between organizations and other partners, such as with local schools are welcomed, but one organization needs to lead the application process. Artists do not have to live in Philadelphia but including artists from the region is strongly encouraged. Artists can be self-taught or professionally trained.

We do not present solo exhibitions and encourage the organizations to select enough artists to utilize all the display cases in City Hall.

Exhibition Locations

12 exhibit display cases are located on the Second, Third, and Fourth Floors of City Hall near the offices of the Mayor, City Council, and City Council Chambers.

Exhibition Dates

There are four exhibit opportunities year round.

  • May – July
  • August – October
  • November – January
  • February - April

Exhibition Installation and Programming

Participating organizations are expected to deliver and install the exhibition and supply all exhibition hardware and printed materials. They are also expected to plan ONE educational program that complements the exhibition. OACCE may assist the partner organizations in the development and coordination of the exhibit programming, but the organization is responsible for all expenses for the events.

City Hall Hours

City Hall is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed on weekends and holidays. Visitors must sign in at the Northeast corner Visitor’s Entrance, have personal belongings checked, and follow COVID protocols.

Thank you for your interest in the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s (OACCE) Neighborhood Arts Programs.

The Call for Creative Talent is a registry of cultural organizations, ensembles, arts groups and individual artists to submit their interest in participating in Neighborhood Arts Programs. By registering with the Call for Creative Talent, you will ensure you receive any opportunities from OACCE’s Neighborhood Arts Programs.

OACCE provides Neighborhood Arts Programs through Creative Avenues, Culture in Neighborhoods, and the Call for Creative Talent. Through these initiatives, OACCE supports local artists and arts organizations to present free, family-friendly cultural activities in public spaces throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. These neighborhood arts programs include theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, dance instruction, art making, and much more.

Questions? Email creativephl@gmail.com.

Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy