Philadelphia's cultural community: Peggy Amsterdam, president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for the past 10 years, died of cancer on Saturday, Dec. 26. She was 60.
Says GPCA chief operating officer Tom Kaiden in a press release, “Peggy’s energy, connection, and courage inspired everyone she touched. I am at a loss for words to describe our sorrow at her passing. She was a great leader, and we will humbly carry on her mission of ensuring that arts and culture remain at the core of what defines Greater Philadelphia as a region and what binds us together as a community.”
I had the privilege of working with Peggy on several Creative Economy projects in Philadelphia and looked at her as a professional and dedicated leader for our Region. It is unfortunate she left us so early, but we are all better off as a result of her personal commitment to the Creative and Cultural expansion of Philadelphia. - Rich Bendis