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.


Grants & Grantees

Kate Watson-Wallace produced Everywhere, a new online interactive dance piece.

Grants & Grantees

Bobby Zankel is a musician and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Astria Suparak is an independent curator and former director and curator of Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery.

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.”

Grants & Grantees

With support from the Center, the Arden has integrated visually dazzling video design into live productions and enhanced its work for young audiences.

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.

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.

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.”

Grants & Grantees

Mark Shetabi is a visual artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

In the third and final segment of our three-part conversation with Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, he gives us a glimpse of how he has entered into conversations at the Center and proposed alternative possibilities for our approach to our work.

Grants & Grantees

The Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association) is the nation’s first private, nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating public art and urban planning.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi Gallery’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents “The Videofreex Pirate TV” and a Q&A with Skip Blumberg and Nancy Cain, the third program in the “Schmart World” series.