Restructuring the nEW Festival

Melanie Stewart developed the nEW Festival in 2003, a dance festival that supports artistic collaboration and invites shared resources between a diversity of artists with innovative creative practices and similar financial limitations. After Stewart stepped down as nEW’s sole executive director, the festival needed to develop a new plan for its future. Stewart and Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre worked with arts consultant Sam Miller to create a restructuring plan that transitioned the nEW Festival from a single-director organization to one managed by a core leadership team of artists, enhancing its value within the local dance community. Miller’s ties to the region extend back to his time with the Philadelphia Ballet from 1979–81 as the organization’s director of development.1


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>>.
Grants & Grantees

Opera Philadelphia will develop the American Repertoire Council, a national advisory body charged with assessing and deconstructing the company’s process for creating new operatic works.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jill Medvedow has been the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston since 1998.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Karen Getz is a dancer, choreographer, and theater artist with comic flair.

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts’ fundraising campaign for its Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts project.

Grants & Grantees

Asian Arts Initiative, a multidisciplinary and community-based arts center in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, invested in new staffing and operations for its 24,000-square-foot facility.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents a film by video/performance artist Miles Pflanz and sound artist Kate Levitt, as part of her “Schmart World” series.

For the sixth program of the “Schmart World” series, AUX Curatorial Fellow Whitney Kimball presents ESP TV: Live Broadcast of Experimental Performance from AUX.

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.

Grants & Grantees

Bringing together some of hip-hop’s most influential pioneers, Clark will present what he calls his “physical autobiography” in a dance-theater performance blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video.

Questions of Practice

Yoshitomi, chief knowledge officer of MeaningMatters, LLC, responds to a few questions around “Pro-Am” and how cultural organizations engage with their communities and potential audiences.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Elizabeth Armstrong joined the Palm Springs Art Museum in January 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer and Director. She served as a Center exhibitions panelist and LOI panelist in 2012.

Grants & Grantees

The possibilities of presenting a contemporary artist’s work posthumously will be explored in this discovery project dedicated to Julius Eastman, an African American composer who was active internationally in the 1970s and 80s, but who died at 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings.