Buff Kavelman

Buff Kavelman founded the Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors (TKG) in 1997 to serve individual donors, foundations, and nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, board development, philanthropic initiatives, and external affairs. She is recognized for increasing organizational capacity, launching new initiatives, building effective partnerships, and raising institutional profiles, and she has over 25 years of experience in the philanthropic world, as both a funder and a nonprofit executive.

Prior to establishing TKG full-time in 2007, Kavelman was executive director of University Programs and Events in the president’s office at Columbia, where she was also a member of the senior management team in University Development and Alumni Relations during the $4 billion campaign. Under her direction, Columbia’s World Leaders Forum was cited by The New Yorker as a leading center for international exchange of ideas on global challenges. Before joining Columbia, Kavelman launched and directed the Smithsonian’s National Design Awards at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, called one of the most prestigious awards in the United States by The Wall Street Journal. She also served as director of program development at the American Academy in Rome at the height of its centennial campaign, where she oversaw the Rome Prize Fellowship competition and all other public programs.

Kavelman served as a Center management panelist in 2009.


A Fierce Kind of Love, a new play about the fight for disability rights, will be part of a series of public programs meant to generate public discussion beyond the disability community.

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Robert Crowder (1930–2012) was the founder of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

The Center has awarded $500,000 to Opera Philadelphia, to strengthen the organization’s efforts to respond to the changing nature of its audiences and develop new programs.

Philadelphia Dance Projects began a presenting series of dance performances, workshops, and “informances” by individual dance artists.

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

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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.”

Art-Reach will evaluate its program offerings to better understand which types of events are of the greatest interest and relevance to its target audiences, developing new ideas for testing.

Yancey considers whether arts organizations be expected to approach their businesses with the same degree of courage and creativity that they expect of presenting artists.

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AP Gorny is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

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

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Among the largest art museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a pilgrimage site for modern and contemporary art professionals.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance launched this community outreach program in order to empower its member organizations to build relationships with local communities.