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

Barbara Bullock is a painter and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses spearheads a revitalization project on Pearl Street, an under-used alley behind Asian Arts Initiative’s building in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North neighborhood.

Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presented a series intended to forge connections between preeminent chamber musicians and the next generation of classical music audiences.

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

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.

WXPN is a public radio station operated by the University of Pennsylvania, best known for its World Cafe music program, distributed by National Public Radio.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jorge Valdivia is the Director of Performing Arts at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL. He served as a Center management panelist in 2011.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Ian Bogost is a video game designer, critic, and researcher. In fall 2012, he visited the Center as part of a series on “gamification” in the arts and culture sector.

Member-run artist collective Vox Populi will launch a curatorial fellowship program dedicated to performance art, hosting five curatorial fellows in total over a period of two years.

The Conservation Center for Arts & Historic Artifacts is one of the country’s largest non-profit conservation labs.

In December 2012, the Center welcomed Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, who introduced the findings of a new report, “Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies.”