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The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) recently released a report discussing the challenges in public transportation to provide access to tourist attractions in the Greater Philadelphia area. With Philadelphia being a World Heritage City and an epicenter for tourism, attracting thousands of visitors each year to attractions such as Independence Hall, the Penn Museum, and Fairmount Park, providing easy access to these tourist spots are important to help our region grow economically.
May 1, 2019
Philadelphia is renowned as a city of museums, with a huge range of institutions exploring the history of specific disciplines, groups and happenings – such as the Museum of Art, the African-American History Museum, and the Museum of the American Revolution, to name just a few. But did you know that Philadelphia has a museum dedicated entirely to the history of pharmacy?
May 1, 2019
English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) is an intensive advanced English and professional skills program that prepares non-native English speakers from a variety of fields for careers with the federal government.
April 30, 2019
Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) recently wrote a guest column for the Philadelphia Business Journal. In this article, GPA Board Chair Robert J. McNeill and Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh comment on the United States’ recent decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). They highlight that, despite this change, Philadelphia will remain a World Heritage City, and GPA will continue to promote Philadelphia’s international standing through the World Heritage City Project.
April 22, 2019
On Easter Sunday in 1939, more than 75,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to hear the legendary Marian Anderson sing. Her talent already was remarkable — she began singing at Philadelphia-area Baptist churches at 6 and was called the “Baby Contralto.” But her skin was Black. Thus, the famed African-American contralto was barred from singing at Constitution Hall in Washington by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who owned the hall, because of her race.
April 22, 2019
Independence Hall celebrates 40th anniversary of UNESCO designation – Thursday, April 18, 2019, marks International Day for Monuments and Sites, which celebrates cultural heritage around the world and focuses on preserving and conserving historical and archaeological sites.
April 17, 2019
Kim Andrews comes to Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia from Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (FJHG), which administered Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, which she led from 2010 through 2016. She holds a B.A. in Art History and French from Temple University, an M.A. in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK, and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University.
April 16, 2019
The business of fashion is in the midst of serious change: We are spending less money and time shopping for our clothing, and when we actually do shop, we’re buying pieces that meet our needs, not the designer’s fantasies.
April 11, 2019
The future of Philadelphia is a puzzle to be solved. From poverty and social problems, to city government reforms and creating new green spaces, there are a whole range of issues Philadelphians need to tackle if we are going to make sure that we all benefit from new opportunities for our city.  Someone who is looking especially closely at this puzzle is renowned sociologist and economist Dr Richard Florida, author of the bestselling 2004 book, The Rise of the Creative Class, which explored the growing role of creativity in the American economy.
April 10, 2019
Ever since he was a little boy, Yannick Nézet-Séguin knew he wanted to be a conductor. He likens the feeling to something "almost like a religious call." "Making music in the group is what animates me," he says.
April 10, 2019