Executive Director Transition

With the oncoming retirement of its long-serving director Robert Capanna in 2009, Settlement Music School faced a challenge. Capanna had led the school for over 30 years, during a period of dramatic expansion. Already a complex organization, with six satellite branches and a diverse range of programming, Settlement needed to prepare for organizational change and to find a CEO who could lead the organization into a new era. Center grant support allowed Settlement to hire a nationally recognized consulting firm to conduct a search for a new executive director, as well as support for interim senior leadership during the search and transition process. The process made for an orderly and strategic leadership transition, throughout which Settlement maintained its high-quality programs, strengthened its capacity, and embraced the future.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>>.

The concluding performance of Jamillah James’ AUX Curatorial Fellowship includes new dance performances by New York-based choreographer and dancer niv Acosta, and Philadelphia-based choreographer and dancer Jumatatu Poe.

The Center has awarded $500,000 to Opera Philadelphia, to strengthen the organization’s efforts to respond to the changing nature of its audiences and develop new programs.

Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia Young Playwrights assists students in Philadelphia area schools with telling their stories through theater.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Robert Storr has been a professor of painting and dean of the School of Art at Yale University since 2006.

On March 23, 2012, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage hosted Alan Brown of WolfBrown, and Brad Erickson and Clayton Lord of Theatre Bay Area, for an event that presented an important national study on the “intrinsic impact” and value of the arts.

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.”

In the second segment of our three-part conversation with Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, he discusses his work throughout his residency period, including his role in the Center’s Push Me, Pull You project.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Steve Zeitlin is the founding director of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City’s—and America’s—living cultural heritage.

First Person Arts prototyped a project which brought together diverse groups of people to create “museum exhibitions” that documented their lives.

Grants & Grantees

Robert Crowder (1930–2012) was the founder of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kent Thompson was named artistic director of the Denver Center Theatre Company, part of the Denver Center for Performing Arts, in 2005.

Grants & Grantees

In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.