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Hosting the 2023 Mayoral Forum On The Performing Arts

Posted by:  The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Cultural Campus on March 08, 2023

The Kimmel Cultural Campus and Philadelphia Orchestra were proud to host a Mayoral Forum on the Performing Arts and Cultural Economy, held in Perelman Theater in partnership with City & State Pennsylvania.  The free public forum on March 2 gave Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates an opportunity to share their visions for the future of the arts in the city and their commitment to the creative and cultural economy.


As the region’s largest performing arts center, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Cultural Campus strive to be a convener of the community, giving Philadelphia a space to bring together people, institutions, and ideas. Nine candidates took to the stage to tell the public how they would be supporters of the creative and cultural economy in the city and how they would use city government to boost that support.

The event was moderated by City & State PA editor-in-chief Jenny DeHuff and host of Pennsylvania Kitchen Table Politics Ari Mittlemann. City & State Pennsylvania is the premier multi-media news organization solely dedicated to Pennsylvania’s state and local government, political, and advocacy news. They aim to provide non-partisan news coverage and to be a trusted guide to issues impacting our state.


This forum was one of multiple events focused on specific issues being held prior to the PA primary election on May 16. The BUILDPhilly forum for the Democratic mayoral forum was also held in Perelman Theater on March 14, focusing on environmental, urban, infrastructure, land use, and development issues. And did you know - in addition to being a space for public events like the mayoral forums, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is also proud to serve as a polling place for elections!

Photos by Pete Checchia.

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