A rebrand at the Annenberg Center is true to a move beyond the building
Welcoming Penn Live Arts
The arts presenter headquartered at the Annenberg Center goes back to its roots with a new name: Penn Live Arts. Camille Bacon-Smith explores the update.
City Councilmember Isaiah Thomas launches the Philadelphia Arts and Culture Task Force
Will a new task force give arts leaders a voice in future city budgets?
Following a successful citywide fight to restore some of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, City Councilmember Isaiah Thomas helms a new task force to boost the arts sector in future. He spoke with Camille Bacon-Smith about what’s next.
How are leaders of the Pennsylvania Ballet weathering the pandemic?
Jumping into life at home
Just as it was poised to transition its contemporary ballets to the Perelman, the Pennsylvania Ballet hit the same crisis that every other live arts producer did. Camille Bacon-Smith spoke with the organization's leaders about how dance can survive a pandemic.
How are Philly dance companies surviving the COVID arts lockdown?
Hearts, minds, and bodies
Perhaps more than many other art forms, dance relies on the physical energy between dancers and their audience. Adapting to life in a pandemic is a special challenge for these companies. Leaders at Kun-Yang Lin Dancers and Koresh Dance spoke with Camille Bacon-Smith.
Scrambling to understand nonprofit arts funding? Here’s what you need to know
The creativity to survive
Nonprofit arts funding can be confusing and daunting, especially as City Council debates eliminating the Philadelphia Cultural Fund in a COVID-19 austerity budget. But there are possibilities and resources. Alix Rosenfeld busts the myths and provides the facts.
Seven tips for transforming in-person conferences into irresistible online experiences
If you stream it, will they come?
Conference veterans and networking mavens Neil Bardhan and Marta Rusek have your guide to organizing virtual gatherings that don’t suck (unless they involve Dracula).
EgoPo faced disaster once before. How is the company coping in the pandemic?
The day they left
EgoPo Classic Theater relocated successfully to Philadelphia after hurricane Katrina destroyed its former home in New Orleans. Artistic director Lane Savadove talks to Jill Ivey about surviving a second disaster.
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In the pandemic shut-down, Philly's musicians find creative ways to keep playing
The gigs we lost
Philly's music scene has taken a hit as clubs and restaurants have shut down and gigs have been canceled. John Morrison speaks with a few local artists on how they are coping, how they are adapting creatively, and what this means for the future of music in the city.
Theater artists are at work during the COVID-19 lockdown. Here’s how—and where to find them
Quarantine has never killed theater, and it’s not about to
With theaters all over the country going dark indefinitely because of the coronavirus, how will live art continue to thrive? Dramaturg Alix Rosenfeld has news for you.
The Playing and Preserving project aims to save Philly’s endangered historic organs
A national nonprofit is combining the forces of several music organizations to help 10 Philadelphia congregations preserve historic organs, launching a three-concert series to engage the public with these important instruments. Margaret Darby considers.