Community Development & Economic Impact

Blog Post
Posted October 11, 2011
Arts journalism nationwide has taken a beating during the recession, but a group of Charlotte media outlets including the Observer hopes to help reverse the trend with the aid of a $20,000 grant announced Monday. The project is one of five across the United States being backed by the National Endowment for the Arts and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The projects are finalists in the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, which is looking for ways to use technology "to reach new audiences and ... engage people in new ways," said the foundation's vice president, Dennis Scholl, on Monday.
Blog Post
Posted October 11, 2011
This fall, 13 vacant windows and buildings along Lancaster Avenue in the Powelton section have been transformed by art. The display, paid for in part by a $30,000 city grant, will remain until Nov. 30.
Blog Post
Posted October 10, 2011
President Obama’s plan to fund his $447 billion jobs-stimulus bill by limiting tax breaks for wealthier people is getting a wary reception from arts organizations, which fear that the proposal could cut into already diminishing donations to museums, symphonies, ballets and other groups.
Blog Post
Posted October 7, 2011
It's no secret that the recession has been hard on the nation's cultural sector. Studies such as the National Endowment for the Arts' Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, Americans for the Arts' National Arts Index, and the James Irvine Foundation's California's Arts and Cultural Ecology report have all documented downward trends in attendance.
Blog Post
Posted October 7, 2011
It's taken a year. And it's been a valuable learning experience for all concerned. It's the project that led to the current exhibit "C3: Create, Connect, Collect" at Main Line Art Center, now celebrating its 75th anniversary. Featured is the full slate of 37 artist participants who began this initiative, nine of whom were commissioned through this project to make 11 pieces of art now displayed. These works are shown front and center, accompanied by the work of quite a few very worthy artists passed over in this first go-round.
Blog Post
Posted October 7, 2011
The Barnes Foundation collection in Lower Merion, Pa., one of the most illustrious and distinctive art displays in the world, has received what may be a decisive legal green light for its hotly disputed transfer to a new museum under construction five miles away in downtown Philadelphia.
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.
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