Peggy Amsterdam, Philly arts chief, dies of cancer

PHILADELPHIA - December 28, 2009

As president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance since 2000, Amsterdam advocacy of the economic and social importance of the arts in Philadelphia drew national recognition.

This year, her efforts included a successful push to stop a state-proposed tax on arts and cultural activities.

In a statement, Cultural Alliance chief operating officer Tom Kaiden said Amsterdam was a great leader whose energy inspired everyone she touched.

Amsterdam is survived by two sons and a granddaughter; her mother; and a brother.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.

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