METER Planning Process

Musicopia brings a vibrant combination of music performance and education to students throughout the Delaware Valley, who either attend schools that lack adequate music programs or are geographically distant from the region’s arts and culture resources. The organization hired a technology consultant and a curriculum development consultant to restructure Rhythm & Rhymes, a residency program that annually reaches 300 students. The residency, which covers the poetry and music of Shakespearean England, the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, the 1950s and ’60s Black Arts Movements, and today’s hip-hop era, was reformatted to incorporate new online education tools, along with teaching artist instruction and student performances. These Web-based components went far in engaging students, and allowed for more robust interaction between students, teaching artists, and in-school instructors. Musicopia’s prototype development led to a 2012 Project Grant that supported its implementation.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>>.
Collaborators & Colleagues

Lee Rainie is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, a nonprofit, non-partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the Internet.

The major repository of the art of three generations of Wyeths (H.C, Andy, and Jamie), and steward of hundreds of acres of land where the artists worked, the Brandywine Museum is a national treasure.

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.

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

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Before retiring in 2010, Joseph Carvalho served as the executive director of Springfield Museums in Springfield, MA.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Emil Kang serves as executive director for the arts at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a post created in 2005 to help unify and elevate the performing arts at the university.

Vox Populi and AUX Performance Space will host Ann Hirsch and Jacolby Satterwhite in conversation, organized by AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James.

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.

Grants & Grantees

Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre created a core leadership team of artists to direct the nEW Festival after Melanie Stewart stepped down as sole executive director.

Philadelphia Young Playwrights will identify new technological tools that maximize the impact of its programming and allow for quality instruction and individualized attention.