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>>.
Collaborators & Colleagues

Buff Kavelman founded the Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors in 1997 to serve individual donors, foundations, and organizations in strategic planning, board development, philanthropic initiatives, and external affairs.

Yancey considers whether arts organizations be expected to approach their businesses with the same degree of courage and creativity that they expect of presenting artists.

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

This project investigated various issues surrounding (co-)authorship in cultural production, asking questions around definitions of authorship, collaboration, audience participation, the influence of marketplace, and other concepts.

In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Opera Philadelphia’s transformation as a “haven for new opera.”

Grants & Grantees

Teresa Jaynes is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

People’s Light & Theatre Company undertook a long-range plan to align future programming with its mission of integrating art and education.

Grants & Grantees

Poet and 2012 Pew Fellow Kevin Varrone has worked for over 10 years on a multiple-book project entitled g-point Almanac.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James lectures about her residency and introduces her recent projects and ongoing research.

Grants & Grantees

The Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association) is the nation’s first private, nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating public art and urban planning.

Questions of Practice

Hong, director of academic affairs and program development at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, looks at the opportunities presented by co-authorship through the lens of entrepreneurship.

Grants & Grantees

With a commitment to contemporary craft and design that is broad and inclusive, the Philadelphia Art Alliance is carving out its own space in the museum landscape.