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Attention incoming AADM students… the 2012-2013 Welcome Packet will be arriving shortly! The packet will contain information to successfully guide you through your first term in the program. Get ready, because this year is going to be great!
The latest edition of Artsline is out! Catch up on the latest news from Drexel’s Arts Administration Program.
Read it here!
This is the first installment of HIP- Happening in Philly. We are on the look out for creative programs in Arts & Culture from our peers at different organizations.
The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society is setting up pop up garden spaces to start a conversation about sustainable methods of gardening and landscaping in urban regions. They have one set up in Center City at 20th and Market St. Be sure to stop by, especially on your lunch break because PHS is offereing lunch time classes!
Heres the schedule:
• July 7: Edible Landscapes — Fruits and Vegetables
• August 4: Gardening Odds and Ends — Fabulous Containers
• September 1: Edible Landscapes — Growing Beautiful Food
• September 22: Edible Landscape — Planting and Harvesting
The garden will be open all summer and through October. Another great element,is that produce from the garden will be being used at local area restaurants. Read more on uwishunu.
PHS’s mission states “ The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society motivates people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.” This is an interesting outreach program. Instead of drawing people to the Horticulture society space, they are bringing their mission to the masses.
Creating a community garden space, where the public has an opportunity to learn more about horticulture, where community business are involved in the process is a great model to look to for innovative programs. PHS is getting to patrons on their terms, not institutional ones. This approach is smart and the outcome is clearly mission driven.
What do you think?
With the proliferation of the internet, blogs and twitter patrons are able to critique plays, exhibitions and organizations. As art administrators we too should be critics, but we should take what we see and learn from it. Being able to look critically at our own and other organizations can give us better insight.
AAGA’s own, Michelle Lopez, took advantage of this idea and took herself out to the ballet. Through her internship at the Cultural Alliance she was able to
talk with Marketing Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Claudia van Poperingen. Michelle attended a dinner for subscribers before the show, hosted by “Brenda Dixon Gottschild, a very well respected dance critic”. Here is an except from Michelle’s paper about the experience:
“Brenda spoke at great lengths. She described the program in extreme detail, reading from several different materials. Next to her was ballet dancer Holly Lynn Fusco, who would not be in that nights premiere but would dance in Saturday’s matinee performance. Brenda had a series of very thoughtful questions for Holly who answered very honestly. When asked about the most challenging aspect of the performance, Holly explained, “each choreographer has his own language.” The dancers only had 18 rehearsals and each of the three ballets sounded very challenging, especially The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude because it required a lot of gyrotonics, which Holly explained, is a derivative of Pilates. I thought it was interesting that Holly referred to the other dancers as “women” and “boys”. I wasn’t sure if that was how Holly describes men or if that was a ballet industry term.
During the question and answer session an elderly man asked if In the Upper Room would be the final ballet in the performance, and if so, he would get up and walk out because “I can’t stand Philip Glass,” the composer of the musical accompaniment. I must say he was very rude and Brenda handled the situation very well. She asked him to bring earplugs and remain in his seat in order to watch the wonderful dancing that will be taking place. But he replied with a “bah humbug.”
After diner I was able to sit down with Claudia, the marketing coordinator. She has been with the Pennsylvania Ballet for two years and came from a dance background. She explained the ballet was a Balanchine based company meaning they focused on modern ballet classics and also try to pull in as many new choreographers as possible in order to broaden their audience. This brought me to raise the question of whether or not they would want to increase the diversity of their “Before the Curtain” program. I felt the dinner was very much an elitist meal for subscribers and felt very much out of place. But Claudia believes that it is important to keep the dinners intimate. They do not want to make it a large-scale event. Instead they plan to offer pre-show talks for members of the audience, which will be marketed to a younger crowd.”
By continually evaluating the strengths and weaknesses in our organizations and those we attend ourselves; we can evolve and be better able to serve our loyal audiences.
Thank you to Michelle Lopez for letting the AAGA use her critical write up on the Pennsylvania Ballet for this post.
Wikipedia is the largest online encyclopedia, often it is over looked by organizations.
On Nina Simmon’s blog Museum 2.0 she presents the idea of how simple it is to update a Wikipedia page, and sub pages about artists before exhibitions. Not only does this give another outlet for people to learn about the organization, but it’s free!
Click Here to read this great post.
Nina Simmons designs and researches participatory museum experience at The Participatory Museum.
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This year’s Leadership in the Arts class, Professor Fitzgibbon and the Arts Administration Graduate Association are excited to invite you to a panel discussion on Leadership and the Arts. The panel, coordinated by Aidan Vega and Beth Lillis, will feature three of Philadelphia’s most esteemed leaders in arts and culture; Gary Steuer, Chief Cultural Officer and Director of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for the City of Philadelphia; Tom Kaiden, President of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; and Diana Duncan, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the Barnes Foundation.
Topics will include cultivating inspiration in others, transitions in leadership styles, overcoming challenges, and how leadership in the arts may differ from other industries.
The panel will take place in MacAlister Hall on the corner of 33rd and Chestnut on Tuesday, July 20th from 6pm to 7:30pm, room TBA. Please RSVP to Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The panel will present an amazing opportunity to witness three of Philadelphia’s great leaders discuss their unique perspectives. We hope that you will be able to join us for this thrilling event!
This coming Saturday, March 27th, Julie Goodman Hawkins, the Vice President of Public Policy at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, along with her associates Sara Cederberg and April Williamson, will be giving a workshop / lecture to Drexel University students, emerging arts and culture professionals, as well as the general public, on how to advocate for the arts on Capitol Hill for the National Arts Advocacy Action Summit, quickly approaching on April 11th through 13th. Proceeds from the Art Auction go toward sending Drexel students to DC for the summit.
The lecture will take place Saturday, March 27th, from 1pm to 3pm, in the Mitchell Auditorium, in the Bossone Research Building (on Market Street between 31st and 32nd streets) on Drexel University’s campus.
Light refreshments will be provided.
If anyone is interested in attending, RSVP at email@example.com
The quality of artwork was astonishing and the raffle baskets flew off the table!
We’ll see everyone next year, where we hope to top ourselves, once again!
Some photos of the night, taken by Nicole Oidick.
Check out the rest on Drexel AAGA’s Flickr Page:
Thank you to Montgomery County Community College for contributing 2 tickets to see America’s Dream Chamber Orchestra to the auction!