Community Development & Economic Impact

Blog Post
Posted October 6, 2011
This past Saturday evening, hundreds of art lovers gathered at Lenfest Plaza—the new outdoor courtyard at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)—to gaze upwards and witness the inaugural lighting of Paint Torch, a 51-foot tall sculpture of a paint brush standing on its end (at a 60 degree angle) with its paint-covered bristles ready to stroke the endless atmospheric canvas above Broad and Cherry Streets.
Blog Post
Posted October 3, 2011
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is seeking a loan to help fund operations through the end of its bankruptcy case, and has applied to U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to assume $3.1 million in debt to pay operating costs, including salaries and vendor bills.
Blog Post
Posted October 3, 2011
Donors to arts groups tend to be compelled to give after making frequent visits and forging deep connections, but Nicholas Karabots hadn't been to the Franklin Institute in decades when, several months ago, he accepted an invitation to stop in. Karabots felt a deep connection; he himself was once an inner-city kid - "a bad kid," said the former South Bronx gang member - which informs his philanthropic decisions to this day. Relatively quickly, he and his wife, Athena, decided to give the Franklin Institute $10 million.
Blog Post
Posted September 30, 2011
3rd Ward, the five-year-old Brooklyn arts and design collective, is expanding to Philadelphia, the organization announced on its blog. A lease has been signed on a 27,000-square foot space –- a historic church and two adjoining warehouses — in the Northern Liberties/Old Kensington neighborhood in north Philadelphia, where 3rd Ward will offer classes in woodworking, jewelry-making, screen-printing, graphic design and other disciplines, as it does in Brooklyn.
Blog Post
Posted September 30, 2011
Artists have taken over windows of empty storefronts along Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia. The temporary "avenue of the arts" is a whimsical and much-needed attempt to revitalize the commercial corridor.
Professional Development Event
Posted September 21, 2011
Blog Post
Posted September 20, 2011
TicketLeap, which has been around since 2003, launched what it is calling ”the industry’s first ever all-in-one mobile ticketing and events marketing platform” last month. TicketLeap founder and CEO Chris Stanchak says he sees a trend towards artists (as opposed to venues or promoters) controlling their own ticketing, and, we assume, paying venues a set fee — more like a rental than the way live music works today. This would also allow bands to own the relationship with the fans, adding the ticketing list to their email list and so on.
Professional Development Event
Posted September 20, 2011
Whether you work in marketing, programming, development, or education... whether you're an executive director or an emerging leader... there's something for you at our next Breakfast Club. We'll be reading and discussing the Cultural Alliance's newest publication, the 2011 Portfolio.
Blog Post
Posted September 19, 2011
In an analysis of the region's cultural activity from FY 2007 to FY 2009, the Cultural Alliance documented a 20% increase in individual giving and a 5% increase in attendance at area cultural nonprofits. Overall, individuals pumped $406 million into the struggling cultural nonprofits sector in FY 2009, an increase of $47 million over FY07.
Blog Post
Posted September 19, 2011
Philadelphia-area arts patrons rightly are being called "the heroes of the region's cultural sector" for having stepped up to the box office in greater numbers during the brutal recession, even as deep-pocketed businesses and philanthropies retreated on aid to culture.
Blog Post
Posted September 19, 2011
While parachuting into the thick of New York City's new-music community, the Crossing choir from Philadelphia couldn't have known what it was getting into with the U.S. premiere of James Dillon's Nine Rivers. The piece stretches over three evenings (it started Wednesday) at Columbia University's Miller Theater and is a major new-music event at a venue that seen has many.
Blog Post
Posted September 19, 2011
The Philadelphia Orchestra will play only two of its traditional three free neighborhood concerts this year.
Blog Post
Posted September 16, 2011
Bruce Katsiff, longtime head of the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, plans to retire in early 2012, according to a museum spokeswoman.
Blog Post
Posted September 16, 2011
The Barnes Foundation museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will officially open May 19, becoming only the second home of the remarkable collection of impressionist and early modernist art in the foundation's 89-year history, Barnes officials announced at a news conference on the Parkway Thursday.
Blog Post
Posted September 16, 2011
In an innovative development that is affecting Philadelphia as well as some two dozen other cities and towns across the nation, two local organizations - the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe and The Reinvestment Fund - have received grants supporting creative placemaking from an unprecedented new private-public collaboration, ArtPlace.
Blog Post
Posted September 16, 2011
Where corporations and government feared to tread, individuals stepped in to become the strongest source of revenue support for the arts, according to the alliance's report, Portfolio 2011.
Blog Post
Posted September 15, 2011
In the two years since he became chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman has been trying to make the case that art is an effective linchpin to economic development. Now in a broad effort to build on that thesis, he has helped to enlist an unusual consortium of foundations, corporations and federal agencies that will use cultural enterprises to anchor and enliven 34 projects around the country, from a struggling city block in Detroit to a vacant school in East Harlem.
Blog Post
Posted September 15, 2011
Question: Whatever happened to the Harry Bertoia fountain with its curved copper flowers that used to dazzle visitors to the old Civic Center in West Philadelphia? Answer: It's in a cage inside a police tow-truck garage in North Philadelphia.
Blog Post
Posted September 15, 2011
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Philadelphia Phillies will unveil design plans Thursday for a massive new mural celebrating the team’s history.
Research
Posted September 14, 2011
The third installment in the Portfolio series includes the first comprehensive look at the effects of the recession on Southeastern Pennsylania’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
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