How has the pandemic impacted Greater Philadelphia's arts and culture industry?

In mid-2022, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, PA Humanities, and their partners conducted the Cultural Recovery & Regrowth Survey exploring COVID-19’s impact on the cultural sector and how organizations are supporting recovery and growth. 142 organizations participated from the five counties of southeastern Pennsylvania (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).

Together we learned that the cultural sector:

  • continues to be affected by the pandemic, especially revenue & attendance (performing arts was hit hardest)
  • creatively adapted, finding new ways to engage audiences/keep people connected
  • is not expecting normalcy until at least 2023
  • is embedded in our social fabric and sustains vital services and relationships
  • needs additional funding to fully recover


Explore our findings below >

COVID-19 had a greater impact than the Great Recession and hit performing arts organizations hardest.


Great Recession revenue decline


COVID-19 revenue decline


museum jobs (currently)


performing arts jobs (currently)

Cultural orgs continued to sustain important community relationships.

No Data Found

partner with community organizations


No Data Found

partner with K-12 schools


No Data Found

partner with parks or rec centers


20% of organizations partner with Food Pantries, Community Gardens, Farmers Markets

Photo credit: The Woodlands

When do they expect to return to pre-pandemic levels of activity?

No Data Found

How has their capacity changed?

Change in Capacity

Reduced Capacity (less programs/staff)


Normal Capacity (same programs/staff)


Increased Capacity (more programs/staff)


Modified Capacity or other (different programs/staff)


No Data Found

Economic impact:

29,000 jobs lost at the height of the pandemic

No Data Found

68% of surveyed organizations have budgets under $1.5 million.

Size of Organization

Under $150,000


$150,000 – $499,999


$500,000 – $1,499,999


$1,500,000 – $4,999,999


$5,000,000 – $9,999,999


$10,000,000 and above


N/A or unknown


No Data Found

Zip Codes with Survey Participants

Participating Organizations

Participating OrganizationsCountyRegion
Bucks County Childrens MuseumBucksSE
Bucks County Historical SocietyBucksSE
Historic Fallsington, Inc.BucksSE
La FioccoBucksSE
Lenape Chamber EnsembleBucksSE
PA Historical and Museum Commission siteBucksSE
PACSCL (Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collection Libraries)BucksSE
Palisades Community ChorusBucksSE
Arts Holding Hands and HeartsChesterSE
Association for the Colonial TheatreChesterSE
Brandywine BalletChesterSE
Chester County History CenterChesterSE
Historic Sugartown, Inc.ChesterSE
Historic Yellow SpringsChesterSE
Jenkins Arboretum & GardensChesterSE
Longwood GardensChesterSE
People’s LightChesterSE
Philadelphia Watercolor SocietyChesterSE
Pottstown Dance TheatreChesterSE
Tredyffrin Township LibrariesChesterSE
Uptown!Entertainment AllianceChesterSE
[Curator working with multiple organizations]DelawareSE
Community Arts CenterDelawareSE
Darlington Arts Center DelawareSE
Haverford Township Historical SocietyDelawareSE
Main Line SingersDelawareSE
Tuscarora Lapidary SocietyDelawareSE
Abington Art CenterMontgomerySE
Community Music School of CollegevilleMontgomerySE
Literacy Council of NorristownMontgomerySE
Mennonite Heritage CenterMontgomerySE
Montgomery County Chorale and Orchestra MontgomerySE
Montgomery County Community CollegeMontgomerySE
North Wales Area LibraryMontgomerySE
Pennsylvania PhilharmonicMontgomerySE
Pickleberry Pie, Inc.MontgomerySE
1812 ProductionsPhiladelphiaSE
African Cultural Alliance of North America IncPhiladelphiaSE
American Philosophical SocietyPhiladelphiaSE
AMLA at EsperanzaPhiladelphiaSE
Anna Crusis Feminist ChoirPhiladelphiaSE
Arch Street Meeting House Preservation TrustPhiladelphiaSE
Arden Theatre CompanyPhiladelphiaSE
Articulate Foundation, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Artvolution Cultural Innovation ProjectPhiladelphiaSE
ARTZ PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
Astral ArtistsPhiladelphiaSE
Athenaeum of Philadelphia, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Aurora Classical of Culture Trust Greater PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.PhiladelphiaSE
Azuka TheatrePhiladelphiaSE
Barnes FoundationPhiladelphiaSE
Broad Street ReviewPhiladelphiaSE
Carpenters’ Company of City and County of Philadelphia, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Centro de Cultura Arte Trabajo y EducacionPhiladelphiaSE
Centro Nueva CreacionPhiladelphiaSE
Christ Church Preservation Trust PhiladelphiaSE
Clay Studio, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Cliveden of the National Trust, IncPhiladelphiaSE
College of Physicians of Philadelphia, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Commonwealth YouthchoirsPhiladelphiaSE
Conservation Center for Art & Historic ArtifactsPhiladelphiaSE
Da Vinci Art AlliancePhiladelphiaSE
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc.PhiladelphiaSE
Ebenezer Maxwell MansionPhiladelphiaSE
Esperanza Arts CenterPhiladelphiaSE
Fleisher Art MemorialPhiladelphiaSE
Franklin Institute, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Free Library of Philadelphia FoundationPhiladelphiaSE
Galleries at Moore, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Glen FoerdPhiladelphiaSE
Greater Philadelphia Cultural AlliancePhiladelphiaSE
Greater Philadelphia Film OfficePhiladelphiaSE
Group Motion Multi Media Dance TheaterPhiladelphiaSE
G-Town RadioPhiladelphiaSE
Heritage Local LLCPhiladelphiaSE
Historical Society of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaSE
Hydrosteel LLCPhiladelphiaSE
Independence Seaport Museum PhiladelphiaSE
Independence Visitor Center Corporation PhiladelphiaSE
Inis Nua Theatre CompanyPhiladelphiaSE
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)PhiladelphiaSE
InterAct Theatre CompanyPhiladelphiaSE
International House PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
Jazz Bridge Project, Inc.PhiladelphiaSE
Kimmel Cultural CampusPhiladelphiaSE
Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum EnsemblePhiladelphiaSE
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D)PhiladelphiaSE
Lantern Theater CompanyPhiladelphiaSE
Mann Center for the Performing ArtsPhiladelphiaSE
Mendelssohn Chorus of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
Mighty WritersPhiladelphiaSE
Moore College of Art & Design PhiladelphiaSE
Museum of the American RevolutionPhiladelphiaSE
Musicopia, Inc.PhiladelphiaSE
National Liberty MuseumPhiladelphiaSE
Network for New MusicPhiladelphiaSE
Norris Square Neighborhood ProjectPhiladelphiaSE
Opera PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
PA Humanities CouncilPhiladelphiaSE
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)PhiladelphiaSE
Pennsylvania Horticultural SocietyPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Chamber Music SocietyPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Dance Company, The (PHILADANCO!)PhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Dance ProjectsPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia SculptorsPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Sketch ClubPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia’s Magic GardensPhiladelphiaSE
Philly POPS, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Pig Iron Theatre CompanyPhiladelphiaSE
Play On PhillyPhiladelphiaSE
Please Touch MuseumPhiladelphiaSE
Print Center, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Project 440PhiladelphiaSE
Project Capoeira IncPhiladelphiaSE
Rhonda DiMascio, Executive DirectorPhiladelphiaSE
Rock School for Dance Education, ThePhiladelphiaSE
Science History InstitutePhiladelphiaSE
Scribe Video CenterPhiladelphiaSE
Shakespeare in Clark ParkPhiladelphiaSE
Tempesta di MarePhiladelphiaSE
Theatre ExilePhiladelphiaSE
Theatre PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
Three AkshaPhiladelphiaSE
Trinity Memorial ChurchPhiladelphiaSE
Twelve Gates ArtsPhiladelphiaSE
Vox PopuliPhiladelphiaSE
Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhiladelphiaSE
Wilma TheaterPhiladelphiaSE
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia PhiladelphiaSE
Wyck AssociationPhiladelphiaSE
Yes! And… Collaborative ArtsPhiladelphiaSE

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