We were honored to be recognized this week at the 2013 Pepperpot Awards presented by the Public Relations Society of America’s Philadelphia chapter. I’m not only extremely proud of my hardworking team here at Canary and grateful to the clients who give us opportunities to work on exciting, creative and thought-provoking projects, but I was also particularly proud to be a representative of the cultural community at this PR industry event. (Pictured at right: Rose Mineo and Megan Wendell of Canary Promotion with Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director of the Association for Public Art.)
Canary received a first-place Pepperpot Award for our PR and marketing work on the Association for Public Art’s Open Air and a second-place “Ladle” for our communications campaign for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia initiative. I consider myself very fortunate to do the work I love every day with a group of smart and dedicated people. Winning awards for that work is icing on the cake.
While most of us lament trading in beach chairs for cozy sweaters, here at Canary we’re elated to feel that autumn nip in the air — because it means the city’s embarking on a fresh season of groundbreaking theater, thought-provoking exhibitions and thrilling dance performances. Besides, we’re kinda too busy to notice…
Recognition & Awards
We think Canary’s clients are the best of the best — and all the awards they’ve been winning lately confirm that it’s not just our opinion. The Association for Public Art’s Open Airwas named one of the 50 Best Public Arts Projects of 2013 by the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network, and Event of the Year at the Philadelphia Geek Awards.
This month, I attended the
Americans for the Arts 2013 Annual Convention
in Pittsburgh where approximately 1,000 arts professionals from around the country came together to exchange ideas and experiences — as AFTA President Bob Lynch put it, to “explore all the ways in which the arts are truly transforming America’s communities.”
The recurring theme at the convention was storytelling — how to create deeper connections through personal, authentic stories of your organization, your artists and your work. The arts are ripe with these vibrant narratives, and yet many organizations still seem to struggle with making their stories resonate.
We’ve been busier than ever this winter, gearing up for exciting new client events, performances and exhibitions, getting involved with national arts advocacy and community-building efforts, and joining a thought-provoking conversation on the future of arts journalism. You can play your part, too! Read on to learn how you can get involved.
Calling all Philadelphians with a great idea for the arts! The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is now accepting applications for the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia. The $9 million community-wide contest seeks the most innovative cultural ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The deadline is Oct. 15.
Not sure if you qualify? Anyone can apply, as long as you follow three simple rules:
1) Your idea must be about the arts.
2) Your project must take place in or benefit Philadelphia.
3) You must find funds to match Knight’s commitment, within a year.
The initial application has only two questions. Give Knight your best 150 words on your great idea, and click submit!
Read more about the challenge here.
And apply here.
Get your ideas ready! The third round of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia will open on Sept. 17. The $9 million initiative from the John S. and James L Knight Foundation seeks the most innovative cultural ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.
Launched in 2010, the challenge has awarded $5.4 million to 71 ideas to date. Winners, selected from more than 3,000 applications, represent a broad spectrum of the community — from individual artists and artist-driven organizations to some of the city’s premier cultural institutions. Winners have included Darla Jackson’s Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Asian Arts Initiative’s Neighborhood Spotlight Series, Franklin Paine Skatepark Fund’s Skateable City, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra’s iConduct!, and the Association for Public Art’s upcoming Open Air (pictured here), among many others.
In a time when funding opportunities for the arts are being cut left and right, what could be better than the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (a Canary Promotion client) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) offering up to $100,000 (per project) for innovative new models for local arts journalism? Read more »
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) kicked off this week, and the biggest question on the minds of any arts lover is how to choose from the vast list of performances and events. So we pulled up our Edith Piaf Pandora station, poured through the packed calendar, and made our picks. First, we’ll tell you about our clients’ excellent PIFA offerings, and then give you a few other Canary staff picks.
Paris map from the Rosenbach Museum & Library’s Exile Among ExpatsRead more »
Last week I spoke to a fantastic group of artists at a Leeway Foundation workshop focused on marketing for individual artists. Attendees ranged from artists just starting to develop their careers to mid- and late-career artists with published books, years of travel, and numerous performances under their belts.
The panel of speakers was equally diverse and offered a wealth of valuable information about how to market oneself as an artist.
My topic of choice addressed how to approach the media and create successful working relationships with members of the press. With so much to discuss, I started to think about what tips I could share in a limited period of time, and I came up with a list of some essential elements for working with the media.