Research and Development for New Program Ideas

Opera Philadelphia has expanded its programming mix to deliver outstanding productions of traditional chamber music repertoire to diverse audiences in the region, increasing consumer choice and reducing financial demands on its constituents. The result has been growing subscriptions and acclaimed seasons featuring both grand-scale works performed at the 2,700-seat Academy of Music and adventuresome productions in the intimate setting of the 550-seat Perelman Theater. This grant allowed Opera Philadelphia to build an institutional research and development program, which has had enormous impact in shaping both of its programming streams. The highlights of this program have included new partnerships with leading creative teams and enhanced relationships with other opera centers around the world for artistic collaborations, advancing Opera Philadelphia’s status as a nationally significant institution. The company also created an annual audition program that has brought new vocal talent from around the country and Europe to Philadelphia. The support provided by this grant helped Opera Philadelphia build connections and capacity that led to the co-production of several new works, including Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters in 2012, and the critically acclaimed, 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, written by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell.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>>.
Grants & Grantees

Scribe Video Center is currently producing an oral history media project that explores the rich and diverse history of Muslim communities in the region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since 1990, Michael Alexander has been the executive and artistic director of Grand Performances, which presents free performing arts events in Downtown Los Angeles.

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Christopher Mekal specializes in strategic planning and implementation, nonprofit organizational development, and financial management.

Grants & Grantees

New Paradise Laboratories built this new Web-based engagement tool, which invites audiences to participate and collaborate with theater artists online.

In the first segment of a three-part conversation between Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon and Center Executive Director Paula Marincola, they discuss Gordon’s role as a conduit between the Center and its grantees.

Grants & Grantees

Kevin Kautenburger is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James presents a screening of The Fantasies Given to Us May Never Be Fixed, followed by a performance from Philadelphia-based artists Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Anna Drozdowski is an independent curator working in non-traditional, hybrid, and new performance practices.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jane Golden is the founder and executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Grants & Grantees

Located in Chinatown North in Center City Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative fosters social change through art.

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.