A joint project of PA Humanities, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and PA Museums

How has the pandemic impacted Pennsylvania's cultural sector?

In mid-2022, PA Humanities and its partners conducted the Pennsylvania Cultural Recovery & Regrowth Survey exploring COVID-19’s impact on the cultural sector and how organizations are supporting recovery and growth. 222 organizations from communities of all sizes across the state participated.


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


27% of organizations partner with Food Pantries, Community Gardens, Farmers Markets

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

Museums / Historical sites employment impact

No Data Found


74% 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

Counties with Survey Participants

Participating Organizations

Participating Organizations CountyPA Region
Arch Street Meeting House Preservation TrustPhiladelphiaSE
Darlington Arts Center DelawareSE
Discovery Space of Central PACentreNC
Historical Society of Dauphin CountyDauphinSC
Jenkins Arboretum & GardensChesterSE
Landis Valley AssociatesLancasterSC
Lantern Theater CompanyPhiladelphiaSE
Main Line SingersDelawareSE
Mt. Tabor Preservation ProjectCumberlandSC
Pa Historical and Museum CommissionBucksSE
St. Marys Public LibraryElkNW
Sullivan County Historical Society’s MuseumSullivanNE
Three AkshaPhiladelphiaSE
ARTZ PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
Bloomsburg Theatre EnsembleColumbiaNE
Brandywine BalletChesterSE
Bucks County Historical SocietyBucksSE
Little Lake Theatre CompanyWashingtonSW
South Central PaARTners at Millersville UniversityLancasterSC
Tempesta di MarePhiladelphiaSE
Tredyffrin Township LibrariesChesterSE
Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhiladelphiaSE
Adams County Arts CouncilAdamsSC
Andrew Carnegie Free LibraryAlleghenySW
Army Heritage Center FoundationCumberlandSC
Art of RecycleLancasterSC
Astral ArtistsPhiladelphiaSE
Blair County Historical SocietyBlairSW
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan CenterCameronNW
Carnegie Library of HomesteadAlleghenySW
Chester County History CenterChesterSE
Da Vinci Art AlliancePhiladelphiaSE
Exchange Arts, d.b.a. The ExchangeColumbiaNE
Free Library of Philadelphia FoundationPhiladelphiaSE
Frick Art & Historical CenterAlleghenySW
Gettysburg FoundationAdamsSC
Hagan History CenterErieNW
Hydrosteel LLCPhiladelphiaSE
Lemoyne Community CenterWashingtonSW
Longwood GardensChesterSE
Memorial Library of Nazareth and VicinityNorthamptonNE
Mennonite Heritage CenterMontgomerySE
Montgomery County Community CollegeMontgomerySE
Moravian Historical SocietyNorthamptonNE
Music at Gretna dba Gretna MusicLebanonSC
Musicopia, Inc.PhiladelphiaSE
Norris Square Neighborhood ProjectPhiladelphiaSE
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Inc.WashingtonSW
Quiet Valley Living Historical FarmMonroeNE
Shawnee Services dba Shawnee PlayhouseMonroeNE
The Clay StudioPhiladelphiaSE
The Frick PittsburghAlleghenySW
National Civil War MuseumDauphinSC
The Philly POPSPhiladelphiaSE
Theatre ExilePhiladelphiaSE
Uptown!Entertainment AllianceChesterSE
Wilma TheaterPhiladelphiaSE
1812 ProductionsPhiladelphiaSE
3 Dots DowntownCentreNC
Abington Art CenterMontgomerySE
African Cultural Alliance of North America IncPhiladelphiaSE
American Philosophical SocietyPhiladelphiaSE
AMLA at EsperanzaPhiladelphiaSE
Anna Crusis Feminist ChoirPhiladelphiaSE
Arcade Comedy TheaterAlleghenySW
Arden Theatre CompanyPhiladelphiaSE
Arts Holding Hands and HeartsChesterSE
Artvolution Cultural Innovation ProjectPhiladelphiaSE
Association for the Colonial TheatreChesterSE
Aurora Classical of Culture Trust Greater PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.PhiladelphiaSE
Azuka TheatrePhiladelphiaSE
Barnes FoundationPhiladelphiaSE
Borough of Union CityErieNW
Bottle Works Ethnic Arts CenterCambriaSW
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community CenterLehighNE
Bradford House Historical AssociationWashingtonSW
Broad Street ReviewPhiladelphiaSE
Bucks County Childrens MuseumBucksSE
Carnegie Free Library of Beaver FallsBeaverSW
Central PA Friends of JazzDauphinSC
Centro de Cultura Arte Trabajo y EducacionPhiladelphiaSE
Centro Nueva CreacionPhiladelphiaSE
Christ Church Preservation Trust PhiladelphiaSE
Circle Legacy Center LancasterSC
City of PittsburghAlleghenySW
Clearfield County Historical SocietyClearfieldNW
Cliveden of the National Trust, IncPhiladelphiaSE
Commonwealth YouthchoirsPhiladelphiaSE
Community Arts CenterDelawareSE
Community Music School of CollegevilleMontgomerySE
Conservation Center for Art & Historic ArtifactsPhiladelphiaSE
Delaware Dancers/ Hanna Q Dance CompanyPikeNE
Demuth FoundationLancasterSC
DreamWrights Center for Community ArtsYorkSC
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc.PhiladelphiaSE
Ebenezer Maxwell MansionPhiladelphiaSE
Erie Art MuseumErieNW
Erie PlayhouseErieNW
Esperanza Arts CenterPhiladelphiaSE
Farm Arts CollectiveWayneNE
Fayette County Cultural TrustFayetteSW
Fleisher Art MemorialPhiladelphiaSE
Gettysburg Brass Band FestivalAdamsSC
Gettysburg College’s Majestic TheaterAdamsSC
Glen FoerdPhiladelphiaSE
Greater Philadelphia Cultural AlliancePhiladelphiaSE
Greater Philadelphia Film OfficePhiladelphiaSE
Greater York DanceYorkSC
Group Motion Multi Media Dance TheaterPhiladelphiaSE
G-Town RadioPhiladelphiaSE
Hamlin Memorial LibraryMcKeanNW
Harrisburg Symphony AssociationDauphinSC
Haverford Township Historical SocietyDelawareSE
Heritage Local LLCPhiladelphiaSE
Historic Fallsington, Inc.BucksSE
Historic Harmony IncButlerSW
Historic Sugartown, Inc.ChesterSE
Historic Yellow SpringsChesterSE
Historical Society of Berks County dba Berks History CenterBerksSC
Historical Society of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaSE
Hornby School Restoration SocietyErieNW
Hummelstown Area Historical SocietyDauphinSC
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
Johnstown Area Heritage AssociaitonCambriaSW
Kelly Strayhorn TheaterAlleghenySW
Kimmel Cultural CampusPhiladelphiaSE
Knox Public LibraryClarionNW
Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum EnsemblePhiladelphiaSE
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D)PhiladelphiaSE
La FioccoBucksSE
Lawrence County Historical SocietyLawrenceSW
Lehigh Valley FilmsLehighNE
Lenape Chamber EnsembleBucksSE
Lewisburg Children’s MuseumUnionNC
Literacy Council of NorristownMontgomerySE
Literacy Council of Southwestern PAWashingtonSW
Mann Center for the Performing ArtsPhiladelphiaSE
Mattress FactoryAlleghenySW
Mendelssohn Chorus of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
Mighty WritersPhiladelphiaSE
Monongahela Area LibraryWashingtonSW
Monroe County Historical AssociationMonroeNE
Montgomery County Chorale and Orchestra MontgomerySE
Moore College of Art & Design PhiladelphiaSE
Museum of the American RevolutionPhiladelphiaSE
National Liberty MuseumPhiladelphiaSE
Network for New MusicPhiladelphiaSE
North Wales Area LibraryMontgomerySE
Opera PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
PA Humanities CouncilPhiladelphiaSE
Palisades Community ChorusBucksSE
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)PhiladelphiaSE
Pennsylvania Horticultural SocietyPhiladelphiaSE
Pennsylvania PhilharmonicMontgomerySE
People’s LightChesterSE
Philadelphia Chamber Music SocietyPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Dance ProjectsPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia SculptorsPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Sketch ClubPhiladelphiaSE
Philadelphia Watercolor SocietyChesterSE
Philadelphia’s Magic GardensPhiladelphiaSE
Pickleberry Pie, Inc.MontgomerySE
Pig Iron Theatre CompanyPhiladelphiaSE
Play On PhillyPhiladelphiaSE
Please Touch MuseumPhiladelphiaSE
Pocono Mountains Music FestivalMonroeNE
Pottstown Dance TheatreChesterSE
Priestley-Forsyth Memorial LibraryNorthumberlandNC
Project 440PhiladelphiaSE
Project Capoeira IncPhiladelphiaSE
Reimagine EverettBedfordSW
Rhonda DiMascio, Executive DirectorPhiladelphiaSE
River City BrassAlleghenySW
Samek Art Museum, Bucknell UniversityUnionNC
Science History InstitutePhiladelphiaSE
Scribe Video CenterPhiladelphiaSE
Shakespeare in Clark ParkPhiladelphiaSE
Shamokin-Coal Township Public LibraryNorthumberlandNC
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc.AlleghenySW
Susanna W. Gold, PhDDelawareSE
The Articulate FoundationPhiladelphiaSE
The Athenaeum of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
The Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
The Franklin InstitutePhiladelphiaSE
The Galleries at MoorePhiladelphiaSE
The Gallery at New Bethlehem Town CenterClarionNW
The Philadelphia Artists’ CollectivePhiladelphiaSE
The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!)PhiladelphiaSE
The Print CenterPhiladelphiaSE
The Rock School for Dance EducationPhiladelphiaSE
Theatre PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSE
Trinity Memorial ChurchPhiladelphiaSE
Tuscarora Lapidary SocietyDelawareSE
Twelve Gates ArtsPhiladelphiaSE
Vox PopuliPhiladelphiaSE
Warren County Historical SocietyWarrenNW
Westmoreland Arts & Heritage FestivalWestmorelandSW
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia PhiladelphiaSE
Wyck AssociationPhiladelphiaSE
Wyoming County Cultural Center, Inc. WyomingNE
Yes! And… Collaborative ArtsPhiladelphiaSE
Reading Theater ProjectBerksSC

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