February 21, 2002 |
The $1.4 million Gov. Schweiker froze in state art grants seems like a small amount amid the more than $309 million held up in spending this year to cut the state budget deficit. But to Philadelphia-area arts and cultural groups such as Taller Puertorique?o, Rel?che Inc., and the American Poetry Review, the $1.4 million in cutbacks last month means staff cutbacks, bridge loans, and a lot of angst. "Who can go without pay this week?" Thaddeus A. Squire, artistic and executive director of contemporary classical music group Rel?che, said he had asked his musicians.
October 28, 2001 |
The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County Inc. wanted to do something special for its 25th anniversary, something that was a departure from its usual public education programs. So it teamed up with a local arts organization to develop a theater piece that would carry the project's message to a wider audience. Instead of actors, the piece would feature ordinary people - former and current project staff, domestic-violence survivors, an abuser - in vignettes about their experiences.
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)
October 7, 2000 |
For the first time in five years, Congress has voted to increase the annual budget of the long-beleaguered National Endowment for the Arts. The funding, which tacked $7 million onto the NEA budget, bringing it to $105 million, was contained within the mammoth Interior Department appropriations bill passed on Thursday. The bill now goes to President Clinton, who is expected to sign it. "This is a tremendous victory," said Bill Ivey, chairman of the endowment. "It is the culmination of a decade-long fight.
February 18, 2000
The Delaware River Port Authority is in charge of bridges, ports and rivers. So why is it giving a major chunk of change to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Freedom Theatre? Why is people's bridge toll money being used to support the arts? Because it's a smart economic growth strategy, authority officials say. We strongly agree and we hope other major Philadelphia industries will follow. As this page has argued in the past, strong community support of the arts is critical not just for starving painters or musicians.
August 4, 1999 |
Though she may dabble a bit in photography, Happy Fernandez was no fine-arts expert during her 18 years as a Temple University professor. Then again, it was not for her knowledge of graphic design or chiaroscuro that the board of trustees at Moore College of Art and Design tapped Fernandez to become the school's next president. As a community activist and politician, Fernandez learned a lot about how to raise money. This spring, for instance, in her unsuccessful bid to win the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor, Fernandez managed to raise about $1.5 million.
July 11, 1999
Talk about plucking a rabbit from a hat: In this case, it was a huge, $20 million check replica Gov. Ridge hoisted by crane from the yawning hole that's to be the Regional Performing Arts Center. It was a crowd-pleaser, performed Thursday before civic, business and arts leaders, and passersby in Center City - all the more so since it was no sure thing Mr. Ridge would pull it off. Only a year ago, the governor nixed boosting the state's considerable financial share of the $245 million construction cost.
September 27, 1998
The planned Regional Performing Arts Center on South Broad Street may yet become what one of its backers calls it: "a project that belongs to the people of this region. " For now, though, there's at least one prominent philanthropic citizen - the Pew Charitable Trusts - who has opted not to own a piece of the $245 million center. Pew's high-profile rejection last week of the project's request for capital funding was a stinging vote of no-confidence. The plea had been backed by no less than Mayor Rendell and Willard G. Rouse 3d, the man who remade the Philadelphia skyline and is now trying to complete its artscape.
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.
June 30, 1998 |
There was a tone of I-told-you-so in Mayor Rendell's voice yesterday as he proudly announced the latest in his pursuit of a Regional Performing Arts Center: $17 million. That's the money that's come in since April, he said, when designs for the glass-covered orchestra hall and recital theater were unveiled with maximum fanfare. It brings the total funds raised to $185 million - 75 percent of the $245 million needed to build what promoters say will be a gleaming public landmark on the Avenue of the Arts south of City Hall.