METER Program

Musicopia brings music education to students throughout the Delaware Valley, often where there has been a lack of such programming, forming proactive partnerships with school administrations and serving over 40,000 children each year. The organization has taken its education residencies to the next level with the METER (Mobile Equipment for Technology-Enhanced Residencies) initiative, which incorporates multimedia learning with instruction and performance. Building on the results of a 2011 Discovery Grant, the program helps to bridge the divide between low-income and high-income schools, offering the same technology across the board, even to those schools currently lacking up-to-date resources. It also improves upon communication with young people who are already technologically proficient. Each METER kit equips a Musicopia teaching artist with tools such as a laptop, projector, audio recorder, microphones, speakers, and video camera. An updated curriculum developed by Musicopia staff integrates this technology into lesson plans. Students use the METER kits to track and share their progress through YouTube and Facebook, and to connect with artists from around the world with video conferencing platforms such as Skype. For the first time, Musicopia is also able to oversee residencies directly through video conferencing.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>>.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Chris joined Portland Center Stage as artistic director in May 2000. Before coming to Portland, he was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in 1988.

Grants & Grantees

Rudolf Staffel (1911–2002) was a ceramist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

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.

Grants & Grantees

Terrence Cameron is a musician and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Timothy Douglas is a freelance director and actor. He served as a Center theater panelist in 2011.

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

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts underwent a major organizational and artistic expansion from June 2011 through May 2013, in order to launch a new visual arts program for its 2013 festival.

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

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.

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.

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