The Contemporary Caucus

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will develop a new vision for integrating contemporary art into all areas of the museum’s work—including its historic collections. Led by curator Carlos Basualdo, the new “Contemporary Caucus” will engage staff from education, technology, marketing, communications, and the modern and contemporary art department to identify and implement optimal strategies for connecting with 21st-century audiences. Caucus members will hold a series of lectures and discussions with guest speakers from other organizations doing innovative work in this area, and will visit peer institutions throughout the United States and Europe to gain firsthand experiences of best practices in contemporary arts programming. At the end of the planning process, the caucus will circulate final recommendations—for exhibition displays, educational activities, marketing initiatives, and more—to museum staff and trustees. Results will also be published on the PMA website to further the conversation about contemporary museum experiences.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>>.

This music and movement performance will offer audiences a distinctive interpretation of Miguel de Cervantes’ four-century-old classic, Don Quixote, combining narrative elements and ballads drawn from the novel, recited in both Spanish and English, and accompanied by monophonic melodies, organ and vihuela works that are reminiscent of the sounds of Golden Age Spain.

Grants & Grantees

An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”

Artist, writer, and organizer Daniel Tucker presents Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements.

Published in 2001, Curating Now: Imaginative Practice/Public Responsibility documents a symposium that addressed the state of curatorial practice.

Grants & Grantees

Art-Reach connects audiences with disabilities or economic disadvantages to the arts, serving as a conduit for those who want access to performances or cultural institutions.

Grants & Grantees

The Slought Foundation is a small and dynamic organization with great ambitions, founded in 2002 to present art projects and lectures from a storefront in University City.

As a part of The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916-30), a series of community film screenings will be held, highlighting films created through the project.

Artist Ken Lum discusses the importance of “the local” in the globalized realm of the visual arts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Eric Booth, author of The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible, is widely regarded as one of America’s most creative and effective teachers of the arts.

Grants & Grantees

Peter d’Agostino is a multimedia artist and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

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

Grants & Grantees

Musicopia hired technology and curriculum development consultants to assist in restructuring Rhythm & Rhymes, a residency program that annually reaches 300 students.