Visual Arts Program

FringeArts (then the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe) took on a major organizational and artistic expansion from June 2011 through May 2013, in order to launch a new, high-profile visual arts program for the 2013 festival. Visual arts curator Nato Thompson of public art institution Creative Time in New York City led FringeArts through the planning and implementation of the inaugural year of the program as curator-in-residence, contributing his valuable expertise in public art. Under Thompson’s leadership, the FringeArts staff has expanded to include a new visual arts program director, who oversees logistical and budgetary elements of the program as well as new visual arts programming year-round. The culminating public art works at the 2013 festival will be a set of three installations called This Is Not Theatre. The works created will be by Liz Magic Laser, Darren O’Donnell and his collaborative organization Mammalian Diving Reflex, and Navin Rawinchaikul. In addition, FringeArts is programming visual arts throughout the year for its new program, The Proposition Tent. Taken together, these projects will bolster FringeArts’ visibility and impact throughout the region and expand its reach beyond limited-run dance, theater, and music performances.1


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>>.

Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Center-funded School for Advanced Performance Training was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents the work of video artist and activist Jenny Drumgoole, the fifth program in the “Schmart World” series.

Collaborators & Colleagues

John Killacky is executive director of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and on the board of the Vermont Community Foundation.

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.

Grants & Grantees

A retrospective of selected dances by Trisha Brown, an internationally known leader of post-modernism and an enduring renegade whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Rudresh Mahanthappa is a saxophonist and composer who hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music.

People’s Light & Theatre Company undertook a long-range plan to align future programming with its mission of integrating art and education.

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.”

Grants & Grantees

Bartram’s Garden was the home of John Bartram, a Quaker farmer with a lifelong fascination with botany. Today the 45-acre garden is a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

Grants & Grantees

Gerald Levinson (Pew Fellow, 2007) has been increasingly recognized as one of the major composers of his generation.

Grants & Grantees

Kim Arrow is a dance artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

In 1989 the Center awarded grants to 13 music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region, including the Painted Bride Art Center and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.