Meet the 2014 PNC Arts Alive grantees who will make the arts more accessible to diverse audiences in the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey region by offering:
- Free and discounted arts programming for the whole family.
- Free public events that introduce the arts in unexpected ways.
- Ticket subsidy programs that will fill houses.
- Innovative programs that engage and build young audiences.
- Mobile and pop-up art-making.
MEET THE GRANTEES
Brandywine River Museum
PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families at the Brandywine River Museum of Art offers ten dynamic, hands-on workshops that will focus on art in the museum’s collection and temporary exhibitions. Families will investigate connections such as those between the vibrant landscapes found in Charles Burchfield’s watercolor paintings and the natural environment, and the relationship between art elements and expression seen in the work of artists including Jamie Wyeth and Horace Pippin. These free activities will take place in and around the museum’s 120-acre campus in Chadds Ford, PA on the first Sunday of each month from September 7, 2014 to August 3, 2015 (except in December and January). For more information, please visit www.brandywine.org or call 1-610-388-2700.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
The PNC Arts Alive Senior Access Pass will open the world of simulcast opera, ballet, and theater to financially-challenged senior citizens, particularly those with hearing impairment and /or in need of caregiver or transportation assistance. Working through social service agencies, eligible seniors will receive free tickets to simulcasts at Bryn Mawr Film Institute during the grant period, transportation support, and access to hearing assistive technologies. www.BrynMawrFilm.org
First Person Arts
PNC Arts Alive will present the 2014 First Person Arts Festival plus the PNC Community Voice Project, a special project within the Festival. The Festival includes 23 events over 10 days and is the only storytelling event in region where artists/citizens tell their personal stories.
PNC Arts Alive will support the 2015 Fringe Festival and FringeArts' new series of year-round performances in its new home on the Delaware River waterfront. Each September, the Fringe Festival spreads throughout the city, activating neighborhoods with exciting, adventurous art. Throughout the year, FringeArts is a hub for cultural engagement and social interaction. www.FringeArts.com
InterAct Theatre Company
In the 2014-15 season, InterAct Theatre Company will continue PNC Arts Alive presents INTERACT WITH US: a program designed to introduce new audiences to theatre through access to a community leader and their thoughts on a specific play, discounted $10 tickets, and dialogue with the leader and fellow audience members. The new incarnation of INTERACT WITH US will also combine this community-building with social-networking to engage all audiences in organic, participant-driven formats. INTERACT WITH US will take place primarily at InterAct Theatre Company, located in the heart of Center City at 2030 Sansom Street. Dates TBA www.interacttheatre.org
"Driving Audiences to Art" presented by PNC Arts Alive engages cab patrons in 1,300 taxis with 30-second vide art installations played in transit. This program will be over four weeks during PIFA 2015. The 30-second art installations will speak to the theme of PIFA and may carry over to gas station/supermarket TV's.
Koresh Dance Company
Koresh Dance Company will host the annual Come Together Festival, July 21-27, 2014, at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (specific dates and times to be announced). By presenting diverse dance offerings in mixed bills that generally feature four or five companies per performance, Koresh Dance Company will introduce audiences to new genres, new artists, and new dimensions in dance artistry. Local and nationally recognized dance companies of varied styles are invited to perform at the festival. www.koreshdance.org
Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble
Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble will commemorate its 45th anniversary with Danzas de Cuba, presented by PNC Arts Alive. This celebration of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance will include: public classes with acclaimed masters of Afro-Cuban drum and dance, including choreographer Danys "LaMora" Perez, founder and artistic director of Oyu Oro dance company; five, in-school performances for middle school students; three mainstage shows Thanksgiving weekend at The Painted Bride Art Center; an “African Marketplace”; and an opportunity to meet the artists at a post-show reception. www.kulumele.org
Kun-Yang Lin Dancers
Kun-Yang Lin Dancers will engage in a month-long process of creative, community engagement with residents of the Southeast Philadelphia neighborhood that is home to many immigrants (including Artistic Director Kun-Yang Lin). Using novel methods of engagement designed in collaboration with the renowned Cornerstone Theatre Company of Los Angeles, Kun-Yang Lin Dancers will elicit and then give creative life to the stories of local residents, resulting in a new piece of dance choreography that will premiere in Fall 2015 and whose developmental process will be shared in intimate showings throughout the community prior to its debut. www.kunyanglin.org
Opera Philadelphia launches its 40th Anniversary Season with Opera on the Mall: The Barber of Seville Presented By PNC Arts Alive, a free, open-to-the-public event. On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Opera invites all Philadelphians to gather on the mall at National Independence Historical Park for an HD broadcast of the opening night performance of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in an open-air, family-friendly atmosphere. The Academy of Music performance will be shown on a giant video screen with English supertitles and a state-of-the-art sound system, and the event will include pre-performance, all-ages activities, picnic-style seating, and opportunities to enhance the experience through social media. www.operaphila.org
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Family Arts Academy Presented by PNC Arts Alive offers a series of 30 free art-making workshops held at PAFA and another 40-60 workshops held in diverse neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia, encouraging parents and children to complete creative projects together. Family Arts Academy Presented by PNC Arts Alive will kick-off with the annual free Sunday afternoon Family Arts Festival on PAFA’s Lenfest Plaza in October 2014. For more information, please visit: www.pafa.org/faa/
Perkins Center for the Arts
"Social Artworking" program will include 5 free art making creation stations at Collingswood Farmers Market. "Made to Play" program will include 11 weekly events that are 'pay what you wish' arts classes. Also, support will provide scholarships and transportation to the summer arts and Eco Camp with final Friday making stations for camp families (4).
Philadelphia Museum of Art
In 2014, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will proudly reprise two, now-annual family arts traditions: The summer-long Art Splash, Presented by PNC Arts Alive and the one-day Every Family Party, Presented by PNC Arts Alive. Art Splash will bring PMA’s collections to life in the inspiring setting of the Museum’s Main Building, using daily arts activities, interactive gallery programming, and weekend family celebrations to encourage families to Meet the Masterpieces. Every Family Party, held each fall, will similarly welcome community members to share in family art-making, music, and dancing. As in years past, PMA’s commitment to arts accessibility remains. Of the 30,000+ visitors expected to participate in both events, combined, PMA will provide free or no cost admission to more than 10,000, the beneficiaries of family and community service organizations located in neighborhoods citywide. www.philamuseum.org/calendarEvents/programs.html
eZseatU is an online membership program through The Philadelphia Orchestra that allows regional college students to pay a one-time $25 membership fee and provides access to Orchestra concerts at no additional cost. Concerts take place at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and expose college students to the rich arts and cultural fabric of Philadelphia. More information is available at www.philorch.org/ezseatu
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Philly Photo Day is an open invitation for everyone in Philadelphia to come together and share their vision of the city by taking a picture on October 10th. Philadelphia Photo Art Center will include every single photograph – thousands – on their website, in a gallery exhibition, and in the first outdoor exhibition at the newly re-opened Dilworth Plaza at City Hall in spring of 2015, reclaiming our amazing, central public space for the people with photographs of the city by the people. Learn more about PPAC and Philly Photo Day at www.philaphotoarts.org
Pig Iron Theatre Company
Dr. Dog and Pig Iron: The Swamp (working title), a Concert Spectacle, presented by PNC Arts Alive. This concert will be performed in Philadelphia, Summer, 2015 at an area rock club, for diverse audiences introducing visual storytelling to audiences new to theater. Based on Dr. Dog's "lost" album, this project will borrow elements from rock opera stagings and the anarchic joy of concert spectacles, employing outlandish props and "coded messages from another dimension." www.pigiron.org
Scribe Video Center
Arts on Air is a free cultural radio program that will be broadcast on WPEB 88.1FM, Scribe’s neighborhood-focused, volunteer-run radio station. Arts on Air will consist of 6-8 recorded programs curated from productions produced by West Philadelphia’s diverse collection of arts organizations. Scribe will work in collaboration with the organizations to produce, record and broadcast their productions over the airwaves in order to expand the audience for these works. West Philadelphia residents of all ages, ethnicities and income levels will have the chance to be a part of a performance even though they may not have the financial means or the wherewithal to actually attend the event. www.scribe.org
The Ritz Theatre Company
The PNC Arts Alive Open Doors at the Ritz is an accessibility program reaching out to the entire community. In an attempt to make our work enjoyable for all we are including an All-Access Event, partnering with Art Reach of Philadelphia, to provide Shadow ASL Interpreting, Sensory Tours and audio described work along with Open Capturing, Braille Programs and more. We will also be including one performance for every production, starting in July 2014 through June 2015, that will be pay what you can. Something – because art has a value for all and what you can- because we want to share for whatever you can afford. Art for All!! www.ritztheatreco.org
The Broadway musical meets gospel in PNC Arts Alive presents Black Nativity at Theatre Horizon, a jubilant holiday extravaganza that unites audiences for gospel and musical theatre and spotlights the region’s most soul stirring vocalists. With prose by legendary writer Langston Hughes, Black Nativity is a secular retelling of the story of a downtrodden people inspired by the arrival of a savior. In diverse Norristown, where 17% of residents live in poverty and Main Street storefronts are shuttered, Black Nativity’s promise of hope for a brighter future rings true. December 2015 at Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA. www.theatrehorizon.org
Walnut Street Theatre
Sponsored by PNC Arts Alive, Walnut Street Theatre’s community outreach for its 2014-2015 season finale production of Memphis is a multi-faceted, audience development initiative aimed at the Greater Philadelphia African-American community. The centerpiece of the project is two fully-subsidized performances (2,000 tickets) – the first for adults and families in the African-American community and the second, a student-matinee for high schools in communities with dense African-American populations. The Walnut will also provide partner organizations in the African-American community with a complimentary performance from our educational Touring Outreach Program – an arts education initiative that impacts 80,000+ students in schools across the Delaware Valley each year. www.walnutstreettheatre.org
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
PNC Arts Alive! presents "Wheaton Wide Open Weekends" (WWOW), offering free admission to all visitors for eight, 3-day weekends over six-months, July – December 2014. WWOW visitors will have free access to the 55-acre facility at 1501 Glasstown Rd, Millville, NJ, which includes South Jersey's only AAM-Accredited museum and a dynamic hot glass studio. Enhanced, culturally diverse programming will include interactive artist demonstrations and children's hands-on art activities for families that may not otherwise have access to arts and cultural programming due to economic barriers. www.wheatornarts.org