NeXtPN Research Initiative

WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, will launch a new research initiative, NeXtPN, which will focus on better understanding the music-listening preferences of the “Millennial” generation, ages 25–34. This three-phase study will include exit polling at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival, and online surveys that target Millennial radio listeners and WXPN members from the same age cohort. The results of this research will be incorporated into future programming and will impact WXPN’s business model, resulting in changes to its membership packages, event ticketing, and content delivery for mobile devices and the web. In addition, WXPN will likely implement changes to flagship programs such as World Café, shaking up its longtime format with more emerging artist coverage and more diverse musical offerings.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>>.

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.”

For the sixth program of the “Schmart World” series, AUX Curatorial Fellow Whitney Kimball presents ESP TV: Live Broadcast of Experimental Performance from AUX.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education will identify new funding opportunities and potential ally institutions, and create a plan for cross-departmental collaboration.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project will undergo a major organizational restructuring and launch the Folklore Congress, an annual event that serves over 300 members of the folk arts community.

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.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents artist talks from Jeanine Oleson and Jaimie Warren, the fourth program in the “Schmart World” series.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is the city’s public library, with 54 locations serving more than six million users annually.

Grants & Grantees

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

In fall 2011, the Association for Public Art was featured in USA Today Travel as “the main reason Philadelphia is now said to have more public art than any other city.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kathleen McLean, principal of Independent Exhibitions, recently co-facilitated the Center’s project, No Idea Is Too Ridiculous, with Performa curator Mark Beasley.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Joseph C. Thompson has spearheaded the creation of MASS MoCA from its beginnings in 1987 to its realization in 1999.