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By Tom Surprenant, Stahl Construction This is Stahl Construction’s first blog entry since being selected by the Knight Foundation as one of its St. Paul Arts Challenge winners. Following a period of fundraising, we will begin conserving some of the great “ghost signs” on the walls of 19th Century warehouses and factory buildings still standing […]

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By Ann Mintz, Reading Terminal Market Reading Terminal Market celebrated the winter holidays throughout the month of December with an unprecedented seven performances: six scheduled, and one popup. The festivities began on Saturday, December 6 with a popup performance by the Philadelphia Freedom Band. The Freedom Band is comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and […]

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By Christopher Tiffany, University of Michigan School of Education The Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit is helping high school students at the Detroit School of Arts (DSA) literally learn the nuts and bolts of theater production. Mosaic was founded in 1992 to bolster arts education in Detroit, and the program now serves more than 1,000 […]

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By Alexys Taylor, Harvey B. Gantt Center Many believe that abstract art is hard to understand and interpret, often leaving the viewer frustrated or confused. Our minds have been trained, since we were young, to find the right answer, leaving no room for creative thinking or interpretation. Unfortunately, this is how many view abstract art, […]

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By Fernando Gonzalez, Miami-based arts and culture writer Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one of the treasures of South Florida, is also the setting for one of the area’s most intriguing musical events. Now in its third year, Fairchild’s GardenMusic Festival, a 2012 Knight Arts Challenge winner, offers chamber music—with a twist. The festival, which runs […]

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By Lillian Dunn, SPACES Artist Residency The SPACES Artist in Residence program at The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia has opened its Call for Artists for SPACES Cycle 2, to begin in June 2015.  Building on the discoveries of the first cycle, the residency period has been extended to 6 months. Cycle 2 SPACES Visiting Artists […]

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By Rhett Del Campo, managing director of Seraphic Fire cross-pol·li·na·tion noun 2. Influence or inspiration between or among diverse elements I stood at a panoramic wall of windows in the new and stunning Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). My gaze alternated between thought-provoking works of art and the colorful, trance-inducing Miami skyline as it reflected on […]

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By Thomas Wolfinger, Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus performed 5 school assembly programs in the fall of 2014 as a part of the PGMC Outreach Program thanks in part to funding received from the Knight Foundation. In October, the PGMC performed at Abington Junior High School, Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) […]

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By Thomas Wolfinger, Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus As a part of the Outreach Program the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus offers FREE concert tickets to LGBTQ students and their Allies .  As a bonus, we also have a mixer for the students with cheese steaks that are generously provided by Geno Vento of Geno’s Steak’s after […]

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The SPACES Artists-in-Residence program at The Village of Arts and Humanities is a winner of the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge. Lillian Dunn is SPACES program manager. This summer, Philadelphia-based public arts collective Amber Art & Design joined The Village of Arts and Humanities for the first cycle of SPACES, a unique urban artist-in-residence program in which artists live and […]

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