Creative economy

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Eastern State's bar-graph installation features global incarceration statistics. (Photo courtesy of Sean Kelley.)

Eastern State Penitentiary engages big audiences, bigger questions

Bringing the 19th century into the 21st

Eastern State Penitentiary rethought their museum exhibitions, took a risk, and saw a huge growth in attendance. How did they do it? Cara Blouin considers.
Cara Blouin

Cara Blouin

Articles 5 minute read
Image from CRUXspace 'Community Tech' show, in collaboration with Mural Arts. (Photo courtesy of CRUXspace.)

Cashing in on "new media" art

The digital underground is ready for its closeup

Digital media, BioArt, interactive art, and more are swiftly becoming the new creative currency, but in Philadelphia, they haven't started generating real currency. Amanda Wagner considers.
Amanda V. Wagner

Amanda V. Wagner

Articles 4 minute read
Collaboration is the key to nonprofit survival. (Illustration by Hannah Kaplan for BSR.)

Philadelphia Scenic Works builds a future together

Stop, collaborate, and listen

Philadelphia Scenic Works was born from the need for an affordable, safe way to construct theatrical sets. More important, it embraces the spirit of working together. Seth Rozin considers.
Seth Rozin Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Seth Rozinand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Articles 4 minute read
The Painted Bride's iconic Isaiah Zagar mosaic facade wraps around the building's exterior. (Photo via Creative Commons/Wikipedia.)

Painted Bride Art Center will lose its "place" in Philadelphia

Runaway bride

As the Painted Bride Art Center prepares to sell its iconic Old City home, emerging artists wonder where they will find shelter for their own work. Tieshka Smith considers.
Tieshka Smith

Tieshka Smith

Articles 5 minute read
What once looked like an answer now only raised more questions. (Illustration for BSR by Hannah Kaplan.)

Counterweight finds artists of color, gets lost

A road paved with good intentions

Cara Blouin helped create the website Counterweight to help theaters diversify their artistic pool, but it turned out to be a lot more complicated than she anticipated. Blouin considers.
Cara Blouin Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Cara Blouinand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Articles 4 minute read

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The annual Philadelphia theater awards are starting to show their age. (Photo via Theatre Philadelphia.)

Can the Barrymore Awards adapt before they die out?

Keeping the Barrymore Awards relevant

When Theatre Philadelphia announced the 2017 Barrymore Award nominations, Jennifer MacMillan asked her friends what was missing. She got a lot of answers — and ideas.
Jennifer MacMillan

Jennifer MacMillan

Articles 5 minute read
An audience in Blouin's living room applauds a SoLow Festival performance. (Photo by Cara Blouin.)

Millennials in my basement

Enacting bravery, pushing paradigms

Cara Blouin has millennials in her basement — and she's a little bit jealous of their freedom and willingness to buck the system.
Cara Blouin

Cara Blouin

Articles 4 minute read
"Multi-hyphenate extraordinaire" Kittson O'Neill in 'Grounded' at InterAct Theatre Company, a one-woman show written by a man. (Photo by Kate Raines/Plate 3 Photography.)

Philadelphia's parity problem

Not separate, but still unequal

Philadelphia theater has a gender-parity problem, and Cameron Kelsall wants producing companies to take notice and fix it. He crunches the numbers and makes a few suggestions.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Articles 6 minute read
Hedy Weiss at a 2015 meeting of the American Theatre Critics Association, shortly after her previous Steppenwolf controversy. (Photo by Charles Giuliano via berkshirefinearts.com)

Chicago's critical condition: On the Sun-Times' Hedy Weiss

Critiquing a critic

The Chicago Sun-Times' chief theater critic, Hedy Weiss, sets off another firestorm after reviewing a show at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Philly critic Cameron Kelsall considers.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Articles 5 minute read
In the United States, the arts and commerce exist side by side. (Photo by Paul Joseph via Creative Commons/Flickr.)

REP Radio podcast and BSR present 'Arts Funding: Who Should Pay?'

Take BSR's arts funding panel on the go!

Did you miss BSR's fascinating panel on arts funding with some of the city's arts leaders? Listen and learn about how arts groups make Philadelphia's funding landscape work for them.
Darnelle Radford

Darnelle Radford

Articles 1 minute read