New Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program sought to diversify its programmatic work and broaden its horizons, while still maintaining its traditional work of community-based mural-making. With Center support, Mural Arts created a new position, solely charged with leading strategic initiatives and forging new organizational partnerships: a director of strategic planning and partnerships. This position greatly helped to expand the organization’s role as a resource-rich institution, elevating its role in the broader arenas in which it works and improving the quality of Mural Arts programming and general planning capacity. As a result, Mural Arts has become a far more prominent presenter of contemporary art works, initiating a new curatorial residency project in recent years, also funded by the Center, and greatly expanding its community outreach programs.1

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Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development. Learn more>>.

Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Center-funded School for Advanced Performance Training was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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PRISM will commission new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey and Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, which will pair the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments, in order to investigate “musical color.”

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The Painted Bride Art Center presented the Philadelphia debut of the Dave Holland Big Band in a program featuring new works by the eponymous bassist and composer.

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Musicopia brings music education into schools throughout the Philadelphia region, with over 100 teaching artists presenting over 700 programs each year.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents a diverse range of programming in a beautiful park setting.

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Mogauwane Mahloele is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

Art-Reach will evaluate its program offerings to better understand which types of events are of the greatest interest and relevance to its target audiences, developing new ideas for testing.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, will give a curatorial lecture regarding her interest in collectivism and the contemporary collaborative urban performance art context in East Coast cities.

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Art-Reach connects audiences with disabilities or economic disadvantages to the arts, serving as a conduit for those who want access to performances or cultural institutions.

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Jones is a movement performance artist who intertwines personal history, diasporic movement, social commentary, and interdisciplinary methods, drawing from, in her words, “the individual and collective lived experiences of blackness.”

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James has organized an evening of performances by Colin Self and M. Lamar.

In fall 2011, the Association for Public Art was featured in USA Today Travel as “the main reason Philadelphia is now said to have more public art than any other city.”