Eric Tschanz is the president and CEO of Powell Gardens in Kingsville, Missouri. What began for Tschanz as a summer job at Cox Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio, turned into a life-long career in public garden management. After graduating in 1977 with a Master’s degree in Botanic Garden Management, he returned to Cox Arboretum as the horticultural superintendent. In 1982 he accepted the position as the first director of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. He joined Powell Gardens in 1988, leading the organization through the installation of the Heartland Harvest Garden—the largest edible landscape in the country. Tschanz has been an active member of the American Public Gardens Association since 1985, serving on numerous professional committees and as a board member. In 1997 he became a member of the executive committee, serving as vice president and president. In 2010 he was honored by the American Horticultural Society with the 2010 Professional Award. He served as a Center management panelist in 2009.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science assembled an advisory group to research partnerships with higher education institutions to respond to growing demand from students for access to its resources.
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 Philadelphia Inquirer featured the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts’ fundraising campaign for its Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts project.
Beth Sholom Synagogue planned for increased access to and interpretation of its building, the only synagogue ever designed by acclaimed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Settlement Music School is one of the country’s oldest and largest community music education organizations.
Matana Roberts is an alto saxophonist working in various mediums of performance, including improvisation, dance, poetry, visual art, and theater.
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.”
Francis Davis is a writer and jazz critic, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer whose videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and in two Whitney Biennials.
The concluding performance of Jamillah James’ AUX Curatorial Fellowship includes new dance performances by New York-based choreographer and dancer niv Acosta, and Philadelphia-based choreographer and dancer Jumatatu Poe.
Wyck—a house, garden, and farm in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia—served as the ancestral home to a Quaker Philadelphia family for over nine generations.
Dr. Melissa Chiu is the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery in Washington, DC.