By Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia has been honored as the best city in the country for culture. And for many creative groups that help to shape that reputation, a major bank continues to serve as a patron of the arts.
To the beat of the African dance and drum group Kùlú Mèlé, PNC Bank today announced the 21 organizations that will get a share of $1 million in grant money.
“It makes more people become part of art,” said Bill Mills, PNC’s regional president. “The whole idea is to extend the audience, to get more people involved. And we’ve done it with over 120 different organizations over the last five years.”
Recipients have ranged from small street performers to cornerstones like the Mann Center.
Mann Center CEO Catherine Cahill says the money they received from PNC Bank will help them stage a “Symphonic Sportstacular” on June 24th, “taking some of the most important and memorable scenes and moments in Philadelphia sports history, and marrying it with great symphonic music. [Eagles play-by-play voice, WIP’s] Merrill Reese will be our host for the evening.”
“Culture is one of the things that makes Philadelphia stand apart. This investment makes sure that we can be a world class city.”