Bank foundation pledges bail out of arts organizations
March 10, 2009
Individual and corporate donations have fallen off over the past few months, both in Philadelphia and around the country. Today, a private foundation has announced support for groups pushing artistic boundaries in Philadelphia and South Jersey. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.
Arts and cultural organizations are often one of the first to suffer when budgets are cut and donations dwindle. WHYY's Bill Cook spoke to the director of one of Delaware's oldest theaters about survival, and how in tough economic times, the arts are even more important.
The arts and culture sector has bucked many of the trends in the rest of the economy by relying on foundation support and individual giving. But in a sign that the tough economy may be catching up, these groups are beginning to trim around the edges. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.
Pennsylvania's commitment to the arts is mostly remaining steady. But local advocates are trying to make sure state representatives continue that tradition in the face of looming budget cuts. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.
Experimental jazz finding a home base in Philadelphia
March 6, 2009
Philadelphia has an important jazz history, having launched the careers of John Coltrane and Philly Joe Jones. More recently, the experimental music scene is on the upswing and it may soon be finding its place on the world map. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.
The 2nd Annual Philly Beer Week kicks off today with Mayor Nutter once again tapping the first keg. But this year, he'll be doing it with a bigger hammer. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt explains.
Spring may seem far away, but the Philadelphia Flower Show is in full swing. The fresh dose of flora is a welcome harbinger of warmer times. But at least one observer isn't as enamored of the event as most people now flocking to the Convention Center. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.
A new arts partnership will attempt to improve arts education across the Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia Arts for Children and Youth Initiative is moving forward, as a steering group is selected. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.
While the public has embraced the work of Andrew Wyeth, the quality of his painting has been the subject of much debate among critics. We talk with ANNE KNUTSON, curator of the 2006 Andrew Wyeth retrospective, and New Yorker art critic PETER SCHJELDAHL about the life and career of Andrew Wyeth who died last week.
This month marks the 200th birthday of legendary author Edgar Allan Poe. Scholars from Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore square off today in a debate at the Free Library of Philadelphia. A verdict is expected on which city has the best claim to the author's legacy as well as his remains. From WHYY's Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.