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Arts and Culture Reporting

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.



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Delaware Theater fights for survival

March 10, 2009

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.



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Hard times starting to hit arts sector

March 9, 2009

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.



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Advocates want arts protected from budget knife

March 6, 2009

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.



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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.

Caption: Jamming at the Ars Nova workshop.



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Mayor Nutter drops the hammer on Philly Beer Week

March 6, 2009

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.



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The Dark Side of the Philadelphia Flower Show

March 4, 2009

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.



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More information:
The Philadelphia Flower Show runs through March 8. Visit the Philadelphia Flower Show website for details.


Region's arts education gets boost in schools

March 3, 2009

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.



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