The Curtis Institute of Music is offering a new independent study course to its students, called the Community Engagement Program, designed to aid its gifted young musicians in creating innovative approaches to classical music performance. As the classical music field becomes increasingly competitive and audiences shrink in size, Curtis’ program underscores the importance of creativity and entrepreneurial skills, and aids students in forging new pathways to professional success. Each semester, a number of students are given opportunities to carry out a unique project from conception to execution. They are working closely with mentors in the field, including two-time Grammy Award-winning ensemble eighth blackbird, which has long been a leader in testing new models to present classical music. After a four-year period, Curtis expects that over half of its students will have participated in this program, and that the ideas generated will prove influential to Curtis’ performances and curriculum. The institute will also survey audiences about their experiences at these performances, taking constituent feedback into account for the first time.1
Pig Iron Theatre Company launched the School for Advanced Performance Training: a two-year certificate program for actors and directors.
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program created a director of strategic planning and partnerships position, charged with leading strategic initiatives and forging new organizational partnerships.
John King is a composer, guitarist, and violist and the recipient of the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music.
André Kimo Stone Guess is an internationally respected leader with more than two decades of combined experience in arts management, finance, and nonprofit executive leadership.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights will identify new technological tools that maximize the impact of its programming and allow for quality instruction and individualized attention.
Curator Mary Jane Jacob is professor and executive director of exhibitions and exhibition studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Since 1993, Headlong Dance Theater has created over 40 works under the leadership of founders David Brick, Andrew Simonet, and Amy Smith.
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.”
May Adrales is in demand as a freelance director, based in New York City. Her recent work includes world premieres at some of our country’s leading theaters.
Elizabeth (Elee) Wood, M.Ed., Ph.D., is a practitioner and scholar in the field of informal and non-formal learning in museums and community settings. She served as a Center heritage panelist in 2012.
In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Opera Philadelphia’s transformation as a “haven for new opera.”
Lisa Yancey is an organizational development consultant who specializes in development/fundraising planning, strategic organizational planning, and senior project management for nonprofit arts institutions.