Opera Company, People’s Light get $150,000 grants

Posted: July 15, 2010

The Opera Company of Philadelphia and People's Light & Theatre Company of Malvern are among 10 recipients of $780,000 in grants from the Philadelphia cultural management initiative of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Pew announced Thursday.

The grants aim to facilitate institutional planning and strengthen management practices with an eye toward improved programming and more engaged audiences.

The opera company was awarded $150,000 to develop international partnerships with such opera centers as Music Theatre Wales. The company will also seek to bolster interest in opera by instituting annual auditions around the country and in Europe.

People's Light received $150,000 to hold summer institutes with New York City's Epic Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland to explore art, education, and creative development.

The Asian Arts Initiative received a $30,000 grant to develop an operating plan for its new facility on Vine Street at the edge of Chinatown. The three-story building will offer up to 50 work studios, offices, and rehearsal and exhibition spaces for artists and small cultural groups.

Other grantees include the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, $150,000, to hire a communications and branding consultant to train staff members to make a case for the arts; the Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, $30,000, to restructure the nEW Festival of dance company collaborations; the Pig Iron Theatre Company, $150,000, for the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a two-year certificate program for actors and directors; Tempesta di Mare, $30,000, to refine a three-year plan aimed at broadening recording and touring opportunities for the baroque orchestra; and the Wagner Free Institute of Science, $30,000, to develop a strategic plan to expand programming, revenue, and audience access.

In addition, the Wilma Theater received $30,000 to help develop the Wilma Vision Fund, a cash reserve for facility upkeep and programming, and the Wyck Association received $30,000 to develop a branding and marketing plan for the historic site.


Contact culture writer Stephan Salisbury at 215-854-5594 or ssalisbury@phillynews.com.

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