February 13, 2005
With their City Hall in the throes of fiscal crisis, Pittsburgh arts and culture patrons nonetheless enjoyed a rare treat over the first 10 days in October: free admission to many museums, musical and dance performances, and family activities. Here in Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center and other arts venues and museums may have been hopping - but it was mostly pay-as-you-go. Was Pittsburgh spending its last few bucks on feel-good freebies? Hardly. The city - actually, Allegheny County as a whole - was celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Allegheny Regional Asset District.
October 24, 1997 |
If Noel Coward lived today, as bohemians simultaneously face HIV and cuts in arts funding, he wouldn't write Design for Living. He would write Alive and Kicking, a defiantly witty and wisecracking romantic comedy about a heartstoppingly gorgeous dancer, who is HIV-positive, and his unexpected affair with a paunchy social worker. Although the film's subtitle could be My Insecurity is Bigger Than Yours, it's awfully, wonderfully funny. Tonio (Jason Flemyng) is the premier danseur with London's fictional Ballet Luna, a position he has achieved by default as the troupe's Nureyev is dying of AIDS.
January 20, 2011 |
Sixty-three arts organizations across the area are in the running for some cold hard cash from the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The arts challenge will eventually dole out $9 million over three years. These arts organizations - which range from behemoths such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to individuals with big ideas, like sculptor Darla Jackson - were chosen from a field of 1,752 applicants. Applicants had to submit their ideas in 150 words or less.
July 14, 1998 |
At an eagerly awaited ceremony here on July 28, about 200 New Jersey theater companies, dance troupes and museums will learn whether they get a grant from the state Council on the Arts - say, $50,000 for stage lights, or maybe $75,000 to hire administrative staff. But 16 groups already have state funds without the council's rigorous application and peer review process - courtesy of their state legislators. The extra money, almost none of which was distributed in South Jersey, has sparked some resentment in creative fields in which cash is hard to come by. It has some members of the arts community muttering darkly that, of all people, politicians should not be evaluating which art programs are worthwhile causes.
May 15, 1994 |
After three years of decline and stagnation, funding for state arts agencies across the country increased this year. In its 1994 financial survey, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, a Washington-based service organization, reported that states appropriated $247.6 million for the arts in fiscal 1994, an increase of 16 percent from $213.4 million the previous year. In Pennsylvania, the state Council on the Arts received $9.7 million in 1994, a 6.2 percent increase over 1993.
June 15, 2001 |
A state Senate committee decided yesterday that the New Jersey State Council on the Arts has not provided a quarter of its funding to South Jersey arts groups as the legislature intended. The nonbinding resolution, which the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee passed with a 4-0 vote, urged the council to reevaluate all grant applications submitted for fiscal 2002, which starts July 1. "We want the budget and the arts council to be reflective of a 25 percent funding support for the eight southern New Jersey counties regarding the arts," said Sen. John Matheussen (R., Gloucester)
June 12, 2005 |
Already stumping for hundreds of millions of dollars to raise new buildings, bolster endowments and rejuvenate the visitor experience, cultural leaders are stunned by the revelation that the Philadelphia Museum of Art intends to raise $500 million for the largest arts project in the city's history. "Wow," said Peter B. Lane, president of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, of the sheer size of the Art Museum's goal. "I haven't heard a number any larger in this town. " "Yikes," said Janice C. Price, president of the Kimmel Center, which is trying to raise $90 million for endowment, debt reduction, or a combination of both.
February 6, 2003 |
Countering the governor's proposal to remove all state funding for the arts, a coalition of groups is asking New Jersey to combine tourism, arts and history under a single agency and create a permanent tax to fund them. The "tourism tax" would add to the 6 percent sales tax a 3 percent levy on hotel and motel rooms and a 2 percent levy on restaurant meals, entertainment and amusements. The groups expect the new tax would raise $250 million in the first year, of which $60 million would be returned to municipalities.
March 15, 1995 |
Taking a leaf from the book of grassroots conservative organizations and talk-show celebrities, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance has announced a voter registration drive to boost the number of arts supporters at the polls. "The best place to begin advocating for the arts is in the voting booth," Cathryn Coate, alliance director, told a small crowd in front of the Academy of Music yesterday morning. "It's timely for the spring primary for local elections and the next November's general election.
July 18, 1995
Whether the fresh faces in Congress know much about art is anybody's guess, but they've demonstrated clearly what they don't like: federal funding for the arts. Five dozen of the House's newer, more conservative members led a brief mutiny last week and forced GOP leaders to agree to wipe out arts funding in just two years. That's a year earlier than House leaders planned, and five years ahead of the schedule in the Senate, where arts funding has yet to be approved. It won't be a picnic in the meantime, either.