New Strategic Plan

North Philadelphia’s Wagner Free Institute of Science is over 150 years old and has been a National Historic Landmark for two decades. The institute provides a wide range of educational opportunities, including a field trip program for public and private school children of all levels, and free science courses for adults. Wagner staff worked with two consultants—one for creative growth (Cathy Fukushima) and one for organizational management (Nancy Burd)—to devise a strategic plan that expands the scope of its programming and responds to increased audience demand. As part of this process, Wagner staff developed new ways to build revenue while maintaining a strong commitment to free public access, especially to underserved communities in the surrounding area. One of the key results of this process was a strategic decision to further engage local colleges and universities, a direction that became the focus of a 2012 Discovery Grant.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>>.

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

Grants & Grantees

Art-Reach connects audiences with disabilities or economic disadvantages to the arts, serving as a conduit for those who want access to performances or cultural institutions.

Collaborators & Colleagues

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Conductor Gil Rose’s dynamic performances and many recordings have garnered international critical praise. In 2012, he assumed the position of artistic director of Monadnock Music.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi Gallery’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents “The Videofreex Pirate TV” and a Q&A with Skip Blumberg and Nancy Cain, the third program in the “Schmart World” series.

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

Artistic Director Nichole Canuso likes to explore “dances that celebrate the awkwardness, humor and surprise in human experience.”

Grants & Grantees

The Kimmel Center, Inc., best known as a presenting organization and home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet, is one of the most well-attended cultural venues in Philadelphia.

Grants & Grantees

A weeklong series honored the prolific composer’s 75th birthday with concerts, lectures, and workshops.

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.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Alma Ruiz is a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she has curated numerous exhibitions.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Artist and community activist Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, a neighborhood-based nonprofit arts and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward.