ICYMI: Where we've been this fall, and where we're going
With the city’s annual surge of arts programming taking over September comes a great opportunity to examine where the Philadelphia cultural industry is and where it’s going. Canary was at the 2013 Annual Member Meeting of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA) to connect with the arts and culture community and hear a presentation from the GPCA’s interim executive director, Michael Norris (catch the event highlights online). And Inquirer classical music critic Peter Dobrin sparked further conversation on the growth of Philadelphia’s arts and culture organizations and the struggles of accommodating for a shifting donor base in a three-part series (here, here and here).
Here’s what the Canary staff has been up to this fall, from making sure our clients are part of these important cultural moments to taking part in them ourselves:
- The Lantern Theater Company welcomed Jane Austen fans and fanatics by starting off its 20th anniversary season with a fanciful production of Emma, complete with the accompanying Regency and Revelry: The Jane Austen Festival that brought the Austen experience beyond the stage with discussions, book readings, wine pairings — and Canary staffer Rose Mineo couldn’t resist a Saturday afternoon of Regency dance!
- An Inquirer story on Asian Arts Initiative’s community block party to kick off Pearl Street revitalization and “turn dilapidation into destination” was picked up by the Associated Press and published across the country.
- A site-specific installation from husband-and-wife artists Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen that’s taken over the Philadelphia Art Alliance garnered a thoughtful review from Philadelphia Inquirer fine arts critic Edith Newhall, who called the show’s presence in the Art Alliance a “curious matchup that works wonderfully.”
- Mrs. Susan Corbett welcomed the press into her home in September to announce Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts, a crowdfunding campaign from the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts aimed at helping conserve historical treasures from across the state. Check out our recap of the day on the Birdfeed.
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