Financial Software Upgrade

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in America, with an extraordinary collection of specimens of the natural world and an extensive program of scientific research. This grant allowed the Academy to replace their financial software system, which had been in place since 1996. The new system, Serenic Navigator, provided greater flexibility and access to financial information, upgrading fundamental infrastructure resources to support the research and educational mission of the Academy, and improving productivity. With this system, the Academy was able to measure the effectiveness and cost of programs more effectively, as well as account for complex grant budgets accurately. The production of clearer and more detailed financial statements was integral to the Academy’s merger with Drexel University in 2012.1

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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>>.

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

Grants & Grantees

Susan Lankin-Watts (Pew Fellow, 2015) is a singer, trumpet player, composer, and arranger whose complex arrangements draw from tradition, the poetry of her great-grandfather, and a desire to give new voice to the art form and create klezmer culture for a younger generation.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Fiach Mac Conghail has led the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, as director and CEO since 2005.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Regina R. Smith has served as a program officer on the Arts & Culture team at the Kresge Foundation since 2008.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.

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.

Located in Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Philadelphia and the region and is the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia, and the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.

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.”

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

Lisa Yancey is an organizational development consultant who specializes in development/fundraising planning, strategic organizational planning, and senior project management for nonprofit arts institutions.

People’s Light & Theater Company engaged in an extensive consultancy to build a new subscription model and programming mix, which led to increased subscription sales.

Grants & Grantees

WXPN produced a year-long performance series that brought authentic Mississippi blues to Philadelphia through live performances and radio broadcasts.