Visiting Curators Initiative

Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates established a new curatorial residency program that looks to the future of mural-making. In order to move out of its comfort zone and develop a culture of innovation, Mural Arts recruited curators-in-residence from outside the region, who looked at the organization’s work through a fresh lens, with the aim to advance its artistic practice and community impact. Each curator is working side-by-side with Mural Arts staff and leadership in a six-month residency period, conducting research on mural-making in the 21st century, identifying artists of high artistic caliber, and developing a full concept for a project or exhibition, as well as complementary interpretive programming for the public. The first curator, Elizabeth Thomas, helped the organization prepare a successful public art project by Katharina Grosse, which received Center support in 2013. The second curator, Lucia Sanroman, is helping the organization internalize the systems by which they identify and work with contemporary artists. A third curator is in the process of being selected. The visiting resident curators will advance and renew Mural Arts’ work as an established leader in both mural-making and the transformation of Philadelphia’s public spaces.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

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

The members of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change will adapt existing folk songs and write new ones in traditional styles, in the hopes of subverting historical narratives in which women are blamed, stigmatized, or victimized.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Anna Halprin is a pioneering choreographer whose work has led to a reconsideration of dance as an art form.

Grants & Grantees

In 2003 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 63 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Musicopia brings music education into schools throughout the Philadelphia region, with over 100 teaching artists presenting over 700 programs each year.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director of early music ensemble TENET, is one of the leading voices in the field of early music.

Grants & Grantees

Wyck will evaluate its current programming in advance of writing a new business plan that results in audience-centered programs with the potential to attract new visitors.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James presents a screening of The Fantasies Given to Us May Never Be Fixed, followed by a performance from Philadelphia-based artists Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery.

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.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is a service organization that represents the interests of 400 arts, culture, and heritage organizations in the Philadelphia area.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Professor of jazz drums at the Juilliard School of Music and New York University, Billy Drummond has toured and recorded with a variety of jazz masters.