The Wagner Free Institute of Science, dedicated to providing free public education in science since 1855, seeks to develop new partnerships with higher education institutions to respond to growing demand from college and graduate students for access to its resources. The Wagner’s annual audience has grown significantly, from 16,000 visitors in 2000 to 35,000 in 2011, with an increase in student attendees of over 200 percent. After devoting resources to children’s science education programs over the past decade, as well as building and collection maintenance, the Wagner is now developing its capacity to work with colleges and universities. The Wagner has assembled an advisory group of academics and museum professionals to research possibilities for partnerships and the forms they might take, and to develop a structure for collaborations that enrich current programming. The planning process, which is broadening the Wagner’s network of scholars and field leaders, is also providing the institute with useful information on other successful models in the field, resulting in a recommended framework for establishing new alliances.1
In the second segment of our three-part conversation with Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, he discusses his work throughout his residency period, including his role in the Center’s Push Me, Pull You project.
Rebecca Westcott (1976–2004) was a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.
Brooklyn-based performers Liftig and Cleary present an evening of performance rooted in comedic and ecstatic engagements of the everyday.
Andrew McIntyre, a co-founder of Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on audience motivation, behavior and response.
Dr. Kamella Tate is the owner/principal of KTA/LLC, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides research, program design, evaluation, and fund development services to community nonprofits in the arts, healthcare, and education sectors.
In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Opera Philadelphia’s transformation as a “haven for new opera.”
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.
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.
Jaye Allison is a dancer and founder of Philly Tap challenge, whose work in the tap genre has been vital in keeping Philadelphia’s rich tap legacy in the public eye.
With support from the Center, the Arden has integrated visually dazzling video design into live productions and enhanced its work for young audiences.
Regina R. Smith has served as a program officer on the Arts & Culture team at the Kresge Foundation since 2008.
Bartram’s Garden’s new nursery propagates and promotes native plants, including some first discovered by the Bartram family, the founders of the 45-acre National Historic Landmark.