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>>.

New Paradise Laboratories’ core ensemble will expand their devised theater techniques and lay the groundwork for a series of new pieces, through investigations of improvisational structures, games of chance, and audience interactivity, with a group of international practitioners including composer Bhob Rainey and UK game theory specialist Tassos Stevens.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cynthia Copeland is a public historian and interpretive specialist focused on Afro-American, American, urban, and museum studies as well as historic preservation and instructional technology.

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 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.

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

Tempesta di Mare performs baroque music on baroque instruments with “a zest and virtuosity that transcends style and instrumentations.”

Grants & Grantees

In 2006 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sarah Wilke became managing director of Seattle’s On the Boards at the start of its 2004–05 season. She is responsible for day-to-day and long-term strategic management.

Grants & Grantees

The granddaughter of a Cuban composer, Venissa Santí (Pew Fellow, 2008) moved to Philadelphia when she was 17 and became a trained vocalist with classical- and jazz-based technique.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Christopher Mekal specializes in strategic planning and implementation, nonprofit organizational development, and financial management.

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.