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By Sebastian Spreng, Visual Artist and Classical Music Writer Two remarkable new recordings of Elektra, the most intense and condensed Richard Strauss opera honor the Bavarian composer’s 150th birthday with appropriate forcefulness. Probably his greatest opera, at times a blind alley for performers and audiences alike, Elektra comes to us in two versions featuring the same leading […]

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By Juan Carlos Pérez-Duthie Zoe Strauss looks at things differently. For years, the self-taught photographer, installation artist and community activist, has been capturing reality through her lens in ways that others often don’t see. Or don’t want to see. Strauss, who began her professional career as a photographer in 2000 by taking pictures of fringe […]

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Keys to the Collection

Published on September 3, 2014 by in Philadelphia

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By Lynn Berkowitz, Barnes Collection family and community programs manager What lies just beneath the surface of a painting? How do art elements shape composition?  Why do artists do what they do? These guiding questions make for fun hands-on learning as youth aged 7 to 14 virtually roam the rooms and leap into paintings at […]

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By Becki Kenderes Want to know what Peck Park on Brush Street, the pedestrian bridge over 75 in Southwest Detroit, the Atheneum Hotel, Children’s Hospital, the Federal Reserve Bank, Campus Martius, the Detroit Athletic Club, and the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church have in common?  They all contain works by world renowned Detroit artist Hubert Massey.  […]

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By Johanna Lorbach, member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s club2030 Council With The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Opening Night approaching, we invited two members of the club2030 council to look ahead to the coming season and answer some of the questions new audience members might have. To start this series of four posts, Johanna Lorbach shares her top concert […]

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By Lillian Dunn, SPACES program manager The SPACES Artists-in-Residence program at The Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, a winner of the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge, offers a new spin on the artist residency model. Instead of working in remote solitude, SPACES artists move into colorful row homes in the heart of North Philadelphia. More “residents” […]

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By Chaney Harter, Campus Philly One year ago, Campus Philly launched a program that, in the hands of college students, unlocks the entire spectrum of Philadelphia’s arts and culture communities, thanks to the generous funding of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Through free membership in Open Arts, students gain access to free […]

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By Laura Bruney and Sonia Hendler,  Arts & Business Council Miami When talking entrepreneurialism, innovation and Miami all roads lead to Matt Haggman. As Miami Program Director for Knight Foundation he is a visionary that is facilitating the growth of a technology and start-up boom in our community. His change making leadership can be seen […]

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Inside WetLand

Published on August 23, 2014 by in Philadelphia

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By Mary Mattingly, FringeArts.com Mary Mattingly and a group of artists, engineers, and environmentalists have been working together for the past two months constructing the floating, mobile habitat, and public art installation, WetLand. A completely autonomous ecosystem, WetLand has rainwater collection and purification, greywater filtration, dry compost systems, outdoor vegetable gardens, live chickens, and bees. […]

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By Jocelyn Hagen Growing up as an only child in the country, outside a small town in North Dakota, allowed me to spend a lot of time inside my head. Being creative was a part of my everyday life, just as it is now. Through the years I became very comfortable in my mostly singular […]

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