Susan Franano

Susan Franano offers services through Franano Arts Management Consulting following nine years as executive director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Previously she managed the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony in a career spanning 25 years in orchestra administration. She also served for three years as executive director of Ohio Citizens for the Arts, the nation’s oldest statewide arts advocacy organization. Franano has an extensive background in community and professional field involvement, and public policy work. She has served on the boards of the Statewide Arts Advocacy League of America and Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts and as co-chair of Tucson’s collective of arts and culture executive directors, the Nature Arts Culture Heritage Organizations. She served on the Center’s management panel in 2009.

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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.”

Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series presented a month of free events to expand audience’s knowledge of Cambodian dance, music, and culture that culminated in a performance of The Lives of Giants by the Khmer Arts Ensemble.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is a service organization that represents the interests of 400 arts, culture, and heritage organizations in the Philadelphia area.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Before retiring in 2010, Joseph Carvalho served as the executive director of Springfield Museums in Springfield, MA.

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.

Grants & Grantees

The University of the Arts operates within an urban setting that affords a unique perspective on incorporating innovative design into the public realm in a fast-changing city.

Grants & Grantees

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.”

Andrew McIntyre visited the Center in summer 2012 for a day of workshops on visitor behavior and new approaches to engaging arts audiences in the 21st century.

Grants & Grantees

The Arden Theatre Company launched a playwright residency program that gives audiences behind-the-scenes access to the creative process of a theater production.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James will moderate a conversation between Philadelphia-based artists Salem Collo-Julin and Maria Dumlao.

Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia Young Playwrights assists students in Philadelphia area schools with telling their stories through theater.