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Cultural Alliance of Chester County Takes Shape at the Lincoln Building

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

Malcolm Johnstone will be the Senior Program Officer for the Cultural Alliance of Chester County (CACC), which is located at The Lincoln Building in West Chester. He is joined by Jamison Ludgate, Program Associate for CACC. Together, with a board of advisors, their efforts will be focused on Heritage Tourism and historic preservation to expand business within the creative sector.

"The vision of the Cultural Alliance is to promote arts and culture along with the heritage of Chester County as an integral part of our economic and social development."

Photo caption: Malcolm Johnstone in front of the Lincoln Building

28 West Market Street, West Chester, PA

The Cultural Alliance of Chester County was created as a division of the Chester County Community Foundation (CCCF). "We have been working for years to establish a support agency for Chester County arts and heritage," says Karen Simmons, President & CEO of CCCF. "A lot of work by over 200 individuals has provided us with the vision and goals needed for a successful organization. We're now prepared to take action."

Malcolm has been a resident of Chester County since 2001 when he arrived with his wife, Susan, to be the first executive director of the West Chester Business Improvement District (BID). Since then, downtown West Chester has experienced an economic renaissance and is now highly regarded as a shopping, dining, and entertainment destination for the region. Malcolm left the BID this past summer, but not before helping to procure $440,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to support the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center and the Chester County History Center.

Malcolm is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied classical guitar and composition. "I've always shared a passion for the arts," he said. "And with the great team at the Cultural Alliance, we will see our passion energized into reality."

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