By Ian Bush

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia has been honored as the best city in the country for culture. 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 Kulu Mele, PNC Bank announced the 21 organizations that would get a share of $1-million in grant money.

“It makes more people become part of art.”

Bill Mills is 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.”

From small street performers to cornerstones like the Mann Center, where CEO Catherine Cahill says the cash will help them stage a ‘Symphonic Sportstacular’ on June 24:

“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.”

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance president Tom Kaiden says PNC’s Arts Alive program reflects the city’s cultural diversity:

“Culture is one of the things that makes Philadelphia stand apart. This investment makes sure that we can be a world class city.”

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