Five-Year Strategic Plan

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia developed a new strategic plan that defines the areas of emphasis and the types of programs and services the organization should focus on through 2016. The Preservation Alliance prepared this planning work at a critical time of change and reflection. The staff weighed the value and reach of its core programs, its relationships to the community and the preservation field, and an eventual change in executive leadership. The new plan has enabled the Preservation Alliance, as a service and advocacy organization, to prioritize which programs to continue as well as identify new initiatives to pursue; to create and maintain effective collaborations with other preservation organizations; to outline staffing and funding necessary to carry out proposed educational programs; and to develop a succession strategy for executive leadership that relates to these issues. Staff conducted external interviews, focus groups, an online member survey, and a peer evaluation by three like-minded organizations that evaluated how the Preservation Alliance is perceived and how it can improve upon its current offerings. The plan paved the way for the organization’s long-serving executive director, John Gallery, to retire in 2012, and for the hiring of Caroline Boyce in March 2013.1

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>>.
Grants & Grantees

Syd Carpenter is a sculptor and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Pattie McCarthy, a 2011 Pew Fellow, has established herself as a serious and ambitious young poet with a strong sense of language and tradition.

In the first segment of a three-part conversation between Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon and Center Executive Director Paula Marincola, they discuss Gordon’s role as a conduit between the Center and its grantees.

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.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project developed a strategic plan for 2012–16 that mapped out a path for leadership transition and developed new programming models for the future.

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since 1990, Michael Alexander has been the executive and artistic director of Grand Performances, which presents free performing arts events in Downtown Los Angeles.

In fall 2011, the Association for Public Art was featured in USA Today Travel as “the main reason Philadelphia is now said to have more public art than any other city.”

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.

The Center has awarded $500,000 to Opera Philadelphia, to strengthen the organization’s efforts to respond to the changing nature of its audiences and develop new programs.

Yancey considers whether arts organizations be expected to approach their businesses with the same degree of courage and creativity that they expect of presenting artists.

Grants & Grantees

New Paradise Laboratories is an experimental performance ensemble that explores radical means to bend conventional ideas of theater.