New Internal Fundraising Structure

Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) is a small organization that has reached a high level of artistic accomplishment. The company is now building an internal fundraising structure that is responsive to its artistic programming, and which can grow or contract as the scope of its projects changes with each year. This grant resulted in a fundraising plan for general operation costs, to be used during research and development phases, as well as a project-specific funding plan for years during which NCDC undertakes large-scale dance projects. NCDC worked with a consultant to identify a new database system that can be used for future fundraising campaigns as well as to foster relationships with NCDC audiences. Overall, this structure has provided NCDC with a stable administrative core that can adapt to mirror the company’s varying production needs. It has also freed up the company’s time and resources to devote to the continued development and execution of its creative work.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

From its beginning in 1815 as the nation’s first major urban water supply system to its role today as an environmental education and outreach center, the Fund for the Water Works has been an innovator in clean water and environmental health.

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

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents the work of video artist and activist Jenny Drumgoole, the fifth program in the “Schmart World” series.

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

Phillip Seitz is a curator with a particular interest in using history to address legacies of slavery in the United States, and to attempt to begin processes of healing for African-Americans living with those legacies.

Grants & Grantees

Settlement Music School is one of the country’s oldest and largest community music education organizations.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Naomi Beckwith is a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, known for recognizing artists whose practices are social, participatory, and communal.

This project investigated various issues surrounding (co-)authorship in cultural production, asking questions around definitions of authorship, collaboration, audience participation, the influence of marketplace, and other concepts.

Grants & Grantees

Babette Martino (1956–2011) was a visual artist and a 2000 Pew Fellow.

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

Jill Medvedow has been the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston since 1998.

Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will identify and implement optimal strategies for integrating contemporary art into all areas of the museum’s work and connecting with 21st-century audiences.