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1/3: ANSP Archives Coll. 779 © J. D. Weintraub/ANSP Entomology.
2/3: Front of a needlework table setting from the late 1800s. Photo courtesy of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA.
3/3: George Washington, the central figure to Philadelphia Cornucopia, a mixed media environment created in 1982 by Red Grooms. Photo by Judy Dion for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) provides preservation assistance to more than 300 small and medium-sized institutions in the Philadelphia area, and over 1,000 throughout Pennsylvania. The organization’s behind-the-scenes work has now become more visible to the public, with the development of a fundraising program that allows CCAHA’s constituents to generate donations online. CCAHA has created a platform, loosely based on successful models such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, to be utilized in a new initiative: “Pennsylvania’s 10 Most Endangered Artifacts.” At the start of this program, local institutions were asked to nominate artifacts in need of preservation funds, and a panel of collections professionals will select 10 based on criteria outlined by CCAHA. These artifacts were promoted on CCAHA’s website, where the public could vote and contribute funds for their favorites.

CCAHA advertised “10 Most Endangered Artifacts” through a statewide promotional campaign, and the project’s interactive nature allowed CCAHA to directly connect with the general public for the first time. CCAHA anticipates that the program will become an integral aspect of the organization’s identity, and will repeat it in cycles of three or five years.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>>.

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

Grants & Grantees

Michael Grothusen is a visual artist and a 1998 Pew Fellow.

In the third and final segment of our three-part conversation with Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, he gives us a glimpse of how he has entered into conversations at the Center and proposed alternative possibilities for our approach to our work.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts partnered with Bang on a Can to present this event at its 2010 festival: a 12-hour concert that explored contemporary American compositional currents.

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

Susan Franano offers services through Franano Arts Management Consulting following nine years as executive director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Grants & Grantees

DataArts seeks to strengthen the nonprofit arts and cultural sector’s vitality, performance, and public impact by equipping organizations to collect, learn from, and use data effectively.

Grants & Grantees

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is widely known for giving artists exhibitions at critical points in their careers.

Grants & Grantees

Musicopia has taken its education residencies to the next level with this initiative, which incorporates multimedia learning with instruction and performance.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

As curator of visual arts at MASS MoCA since 2006, Susan Cross has organized a string of major exhibitions.

Opera Philadelphia built an institutional research and development program, which has led to new partnerships and artistic collaborations with international opera companies and performers.