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The arts sector in the Philadelphia region has seen incremental recovery since the pandemic, according to a new economic survey, but it’s still a long way from what it once was.
The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the PA Humanities have released preliminary findings of a larger, statewide report called CultureCheck, which will be issued later in January. It shows that recovery has been uneven across the sector.
Just one-third of respondents, or 32%, indicated their audience engagement has returned to pre-pandemic levels, with another 13% expecting to get to those levels this year. But recovery depends on the type of institution: museums, history and science institutions, and service organizations have shown a stronger bounce-back than performing arts, which lag at just 15% recovery.
Another metric of economic health is to what capacity organizations can operate, such as hiring staff and providing programming. During the pandemic, some organizations laid off or furloughed staff and reduced programming, sometimes down to nothing at all.