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>>.

Andrew McIntyre visited the Center in summer 2012 for a day of workshops on visitor behavior and new approaches to engaging arts audiences in the 21st century.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Erin Bernard is a curator, community artist, public historian, and the creator of the Philadelphia Public History Truck.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Christopher Mekal specializes in strategic planning and implementation, nonprofit organizational development, and financial management.

Grants & Grantees

Mural Arts Program undertook planning for this community-based public art initiative that explores the complex and largely overlooked history of Philadelphia’s once-booming textile industry.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Hou Hanru is a Chinese-born art critic and curator, as well as the artistic director of the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome.

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.

In December 2012, the Center welcomed Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, who introduced the findings of a new report, “Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Bruce Altshuler directs the museum studies program in the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi Gallery’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents “The Videofreex Pirate TV” and a Q&A with Skip Blumberg and Nancy Cain, the third program in the “Schmart World” series.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Richard Evans is co-founder and president of EmcArts, a New York City firm that works to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

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.