From dance and theater works to avant-garde music festivals and high-tech, interactive public art installations, Canary clients kept local, national and foreign-language press on their toes this fall. We’ve worked with these clients to create targeted messages that appeal to local and national press, expanding their reach and drawing new audiences. Read on for some highlights of our recent media relations work. (Pictured: Margaret Leng Tan, part of “Cage: Beyond Silence” presented by Bowerbird)
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.
DesignPhiladelphia is winding down, but there is still plenty to see this weekend as the annual celebration championing design in all forms comes to a close on October 23.
Have you noticed all the activity taking place at the empty lot at 313 S Broad St this week? The temporary exhibition and installation, aptly titled Not A Vacant Lot, is a response to Philadelphia’s pervasive vacancy problem. Curious? Stop in. Like nearly all of DesignPhiladelphia’s programming, it’s free and open to the public, through Sunday, October 23.
The project, in partnership with The University of the Arts, independent curator Marianne Bernstein and PennDesign students, has transformed the lot into a unique space using landscape design, installations, film screenings and other cultural offerings.
One of the highlights is artist and curator Marianne Bernstein’s newest project, The Play House, which is a multi-purpose aluminum 8x8’ cube installed within the exhibition. Teams of artists were invited to activate vacant lots throughout Philadelphia and document their work through short films. These films are being projected on the exterior of The Play House from 7-10 p.m. nightly. Performances are also taking place from within The Play House 4-7 p.m. daily. Read more »
On Wednesday evening, Megan and I attended FEASTIVAL, a blow-out benefit for longtime Canary client Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe at Pier 9 on the Delaware Waterfront, just a hop, skip and jump away from the Live Arts Festival’s new permanent headquarters. It was just announced today that Live Arts is one of two Philadelphia organizations to receive funding from ArtPlace, alongside The Reinvestment Fund, for creative placemaking projects in Philadelphia. Canary released the news on the local scene and you can read all about that here. The New York Times also has animportant story out about this major funding initiative aimed at revitalizing America’s cities and towns through creative placemaking. Key support for ArtPlace projects in Philadelphia has come from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation which continues to champion Philadelphia’s thriving and ambitious arts community. This fall is Canary’s second year working with Knight on the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia (stay tuned for news about that).
Looking over some photos from the benefit over lunch, I got to thinking just how awesome all this waterfront development really is. I wrote a blog about the experience which you can check out after the jump or over on emaleighsays.com (a place where I sometimes say things).
By now, anyone who’s stepped foot on N Broad in Center City will likely have noticed a very big addition to the streetscape. I’m talking about Paint Torch, the 51-foot sculpture of a paintbrush, jutting onto Broad from the center of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ soon-to-be open Lenfest Plaza. Megan and I were on hand at the installation on Saturday, August 20, along with staff and supporters of PAFA, sculptor Claes Oldenburg himself, plenty of journalists and dozens of Philly onlookers. The installation took most of the day and caused lots of well-deserved rubbernecking from passersby. Luckily the rain held off and we were able to see first-hand how impressive the new public art work really is, and just how difficult of a construction project it is to place a sculpture as large as Paint Torch. Lifting the bristles into place. Photo by Sean Tucker, courtesy of PAFA.Read more »
The wait is over! Live Arts Festival tickets are now on sale. A couple of months ago, Canary issued a press release announcing the programming for the 15th annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. With 16-days of nonstop cutting-edge performances and wild creativity, the Festival features dance, theater, music, and interdisciplinary works by renowned artists from the U.S. and international arts scene. Celebrating 9 world premieres with 3 U.S and 3 Philadelphia premieres, the lineup is sure to satisfy any arts lover’s taste for the innovative and the inspirational. Read more »
On April 13, the Rosenbach Museum & Library threw a very special party to celebrate the completion of conservation work on The Chertoff Mural painted by Maurice Sendak. I’ll simply say the author and illustrator’s only surviving mural is charming and whimsical; its journey to Philadelphia from a New York apartment, almost unbelievable; the conservation work, remarkable.
The party was attended by Nina and Larry Chertoff, who were just kids when Sendak painted the parade of animals and children marching along their bedroom wall circa 1961. Friends and family of the Chertoffs, the mural conservation team, friends of Maurice Sendak, many generous supporters to the project, and Rosenbach staff (who have worked tirelessly to share the mural with the public), all joined in the festivities. Sendak, now 82, was unable to attend, but was there in spirit, and the party went on in his honor!
Last week, Amy Rosenberg interviewed Sendak from his home in Connecticut for a story in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer. The subject of their discussion went far beyond the conservation project. Sendak spoke about why he chose the Rosenbach to be the home for his life’s work (where it can be seen, not simply archived), his memories of painting the mural, life and aging, his new book Bumble-Ardy, opera, being gay, his late partner Eugene Glynn, and much more. I could tell you more, but you should just take a quick break and read the article: Sendak, picturing mortality.
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 »
The 2011 Young Voices High School Monologue Festival kicks off today! Presented by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and InterAct Theatre Company, the 4-day Festival offers staged performances of winning student-penned monologues, performed by professional actors from Philadelphia’s theatre community. Performances open to the public will be held on Thursday, February 17 at 7pm and Saturday, February 19 at 2pm at The Adrienne Theater.
Monologue playwright and student blogger Glenna Walsh has been actively documenting her experiences in the Festival at the Young Voices blog. Glenna goes behind the scenes of the competition, from an inside-look at the writing process of her monologue Predisposition, to what its like to work with actors and more. Read more »