The Rosenbach Museum & Library announced today news of an important acquisition of two rarely seen portraits depicting Rebecca Gratz and her brother, Joseph Gratz, belonging to the beloved Gratz family. Canary is very excited to be working with the museum – a long-time media relations client – to share the news of these culturally significant portraits. The Gratzes were a prominent early American Jewish family who lived in and made many lasting contributions to both the Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania regions throughout the 19th century.
We encourage you to visit the Rosenbach Museum & Library in the coming weeks to experience these visually stunning portaits, an important addition to Philadelphia’s art world, and explore the history and legacy of Rebecca Gratz and her family to our city. To learn more, check out today’s Philadelphia Inquirer which includes a great spread detailing this remarkable story by culture writer Stephan Salisbury, Rosenbach acquires portraits of Gratzes, or view our press release online.
Philanthropist, social activist, and Jewish leader Rebecca Gratz (1781– 1869) painted in 1831 by Thomas Sully. As the founder and secretary of Philadelphia’s earliest women’s philanthropic organizations, Rebecca helped define a new identity for American women.Read more »
Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer and over 200 arts professionals, advocates and artists celebrated the launch of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia on October 5, 2010 at a special reception at TRUST in Old City.
Building on the momentum of the arts in Philadelphia, the Knight Arts Challenge seeks out innovative projects to inspire and enrich Philadelphia’s communities. “The challenge opens a window of opportunity for everyone in the community,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president/arts. “In each of the next three years, we will invite every artist, every arts institution, every business and every individual in Philadelphia to offer the best art ideas for this community.”