The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening, and learning. With 75,000 members nationwide, PHS offers programs and events for gardeners of all levels, and works with volunteers, organizations, agencies, and businesses to create and maintain vibrant green spaces. PHS’ Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running flower show and was named the top event in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association. Proceeds from the show help to support PHS programs, including Plant One Million and PHS City Harvest. In 2015, PHS received a Center grant to present Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, an array of imaginative public installations and creative community interventions by local artists and historians that introduces audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile park.
Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company of Philadelphia is America’s oldest cultural institution and was once the largest public library in America, until the Civil War.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its 2014 grants in support of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community today. They include 12 new Pew Fellowships of $60,000 each, 35 project grants in amounts up to $300,000, and two Advancement grants of $500,000 each.
“What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” Five temporary public artworks, created by artists Ai Weiwei, Zoe Strauss, Kara Crombie, Kaitlin Pomerantz, and Alexander Rosenberg, and on-site “laboratories” for public feedback will consider this question and notions of monumentality within the civic sphere.
The Michener Art Museum presents an exhibition of painter and photographer Charles Sheeler’s little-known fashion photography created for Condé Nast between 1926 and 1931.
James Fei is an active composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics and an associate professor of electronic arts at Mills College in Oakland, where he has taught since 2006. He served as a Center music panelist in 2013, and an LOI panelist for Performance in 2015.
The Academy of Vocal Arts is focused on rigorous instruction and coaching for young opera artists, and presentations of resident artists from around the world.
Artist and community activist Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, a neighborhood-based nonprofit arts and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward.
Andrew Horwitz is a writer, producer, curator and creative strategist with over 20 years of experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit creative sectors.
Lane Czaplinski is the artistic director of Seattle’s On the Boards, founded in 1978 to introduce audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater, and music.
A planning process prepared for a major preservation plan and historic resources survey for the city of Philadelphia.
On May 3, 2010, two of contemporary visual arts’ most distinguished figures visited the Center for a compelling conversation addressing the practice of painting, the making of painting exhibitions, and the relationship between the two.