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The work of Yinka Shonibare, whose exhibition by the Barnes Foundation is made possible by this year's Pew awards.

News post – Major Pew grants, bon voyage Tom Kaiden, Philly artists in the Bronx, opportunities and more!

News This week, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced awards of over $6.5 million for 52 upcoming projects by local cultural organizations, from small galleries to major institutions, as well as fellowships of $60,000 each to 13 regional artists, including one collaborative team. Three of the 2013 grantees are particularly noteworthy: 1. In spring 2014, the Barnes Foundation is organizing the first major Philadelphia exhibition for Nigerian-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare. An exciting move for the Barnes – this is their first collaboration with a contemporary artist, and its first commission of a new work of art since Henri Matisse’s La ... More » »

From left to right: Bill Marimow, Editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Chris Satullo, Vice President of News and Civic Dialogue at WHYY; Meredith Broussard, Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and 2012 USC Getty Arts Journalism Fellow; Megan Wendell, Founder and President of Canary Promotion; Douglas McLennan, Founder and Editor of ArtsJournal, Acting Director of the National Arts Journalism Program

Is There a Future for Cultural Journalism?

Since the economic nosedive sent traditional print journalism into crisis mode, the health and future of culture and arts journalism has been a topic of serious concern, especially in the arts community. The Philadelphia Inquirer, for example, had a twenty percent profit margin in 2000 but by 2012 it had lost seventeen million dollars. These statistics were shared by Bill Marimow, Editor of the Inquirer, at a recent panel discussion, “Plotting the Future of Cultural Journalism” held at WHYY’s Hamilton Commons. Marimow said that newspapers have yet to find a sustainable business model in the current economic climate which includes ... More » »

Too hot for JFK Plaza: Frank Rizzo in a custom Ishknits bikini, before its removal by security.

News post – Frank Rizzo’s yarn bikini, Saffron defends PSFS legacy, Jenny Lee Maas at the Thought Lot, opportunities and more!

News On Tuesday morning, Frank Rizzo’s statue at 15th and JFK got a richly symbolic – if short-lived – dressing-down by Ishknits aka Jessie Hemmons, Philadelphia’s resident yarnbomber. For approximately three minutes, Rizzo was clad in a hot pink bikini, causing much hilarity and consternation for passerby before security came out and removed it. Derive whatever political commentary you will from this, it got people’s attention, as a thong bikini on one of Philadelphia’s most polarizing politicians is wont to do. Hemmons has put a statement about the incident on her blog. In other street art news, Conrad Benner of Streets Dept raised ... More » »

Jenny Sabin's myThread Pavilion.

News post – Farewell to the Slingluffs, Print Center fall events, Jenny Sabin’s FlyKnit, Tim Eads at DUMBO, opportunities and more!

News The Delaware Art Museum  began its outstanding centennial celebration in November 2011, and is now preparing to conclude with the 2012 Centenniel Juried Exhibition on October 20. Including a vast number of artists artists living either in Delaware or within 100 miles of the Museum, the Centennial is guest-juried by John B. Ravenal, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Opening Reception takes place  on October 19 from 5-7pm, and the show continues until January 13, 2013. Check the site for a full list of artists. In keeping with the Data Garden’s ... More » »

"Light" at Longwood Gardens.

News post – Philagrafika begins anew, Flying Kite art project,1616 Walnut sold, opportunities and more!

News Economic news - As much as we long to believe in the vision of recovery the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance has painted for us with glowing news of Philadelphia’s rebounding cultural sector, another depressing barrage of bad news for the arts flies in the face of their optimism. NPR is confronting the specter of major budget cuts, while 1616 Walnut, the building that houses the Fleisher-Ollman Gallery and the GPCA is being sold to be developed into residential space. Both the GPCA and Fleisher-Ollman are moving to new locations (the Cultural Alliance’s new home is the Philadelphia Building at 1315 Walnut, while ... More » »

Blessed big bucks are one step behind

Andria Bibiloni’s Blaster Bike at FLUX Of the 10 Philadelphia arts organizations receiving a total of $5.3 million from the Wallace Foundation to attract a bigger audience, visual arts, which is red hot in Philadelphia right now, got two of the grants (see article in Philadelphia Inquirer). To be specific, Fleisher Art Memorial will receive $320,000 over four years, and the Clay Studio will receive $375,000 over four years. Of the other organizations, only the Fringe Festival, at $365,000, received in this relatively low dollar range. Here’s the list of other awards: Philadelphia Teatre Company, $410,000Arden Theater Company $425,000Wilma Theater ... More » »

Art and the mayor’s race

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is staying on top of art issues in the race for mayor of Philadelphia. I don’t recall this level of arts engagement in the race, and I think it’s exciting to have information on the subject, let alone a discussion of any kind of the subject. This is no doubt a recognition of the large role the arts play in Philadelphia’s economy. Here’s some info the GPCA sent along a couple of days ago: Two more candidates for Mayor of Philadelphia reveal their positions on arts and culture. Yesterday, Representative Dwight Evans announced his plan ... More » »