May 7, 1998 |
Steven K. Urice, director of the Rosenbach Museum and Library, will leave that job to become a program officer in the culture department of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Urice, 48, has headed the Rosenbach since 1993. At Pew he will concentrate on revamping the culture department's national grant-making activities. Pew's culture program, which plans to give away $21 million in 1998, has spent the last several years remaking its policies. Locally, the criteria by which it awards grants have become more strict.
April 18, 1991 |
Some of the performers had opening-night jitters, but not necessarily Beth Alexander. Beth, 14, a Gordon Middle School student, was chewing gum when she found out that she would be first on stage on opening night of the Chester County Youth Expo. She was to read her original poem on unrequited love. "You will take your gum out of your mouth, won't you?" asked mother Charlotte Curtain. "Oh, sure," said Beth. Was she nervous? "Well, I have been in plays at West Chester & Barley Sheaf Players (in Lionville)
October 24, 1991 |
The Philadelphia Art Alliance, which closed in January because of financial problems, is back in business with a new look and a different way of doing business, at least for the visual arts. The galleries have a cleaner, more organized look that's also friendlier and more conducive to spending time with art, thanks to the installation of chairs and sofas. The inaugural exhibition, on the other hand, more directly expresses how the Art Alliance intends to show art. In recent years, the organization's visual arts program has been incoherent and inconsistent.
April 8, 1993 |
It boasts more than 100 events in eight weeks - from arias to puppet shows, from readings from a book by Pearl S. Buck to readings from a book by Dr. Seuss, from the art of George W. Sotter to the artistic hand of interior designers. Aptly named Bucks Fever '93, it is with a feverish pace that this festival will celebrate the county's visual arts, performing arts, and history. Coordinated by the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Bucks Fever '93 involves about 70 organizations and receives financial support from the business members of the chamber.
September 3, 1997 |
The Gallery Guide and Art Matters, two familiar publications that report on local art happenings, now have some virtual competition. It's Philadelphia Art World, which its proprietors describe as a "monthly online magazine of the visual arts. " Call up http://www.philly-art-world.com on your computer and see for yourself. The proprietors and sole employees of this just-off-the-ground enterprise are Larry Withers and Betty Bisaccia, both of whom work at Widener University in Chester.
April 13, 1993 |
The Board of Education has hired an architectural firm to convert the Ridgway Library on South Broad Street into a state-of-the-art High School for Creative and Performing Arts. The project, which will be designed by Kise, Franks & Straw, is expected to cost $19.2 million. The financially strapped school district, facing a $60 million operating deficit next year, has committed $5.2 million in capital funds, with $6 million to come from the state, $3 million from the city and $5 million from the private sector.
May 2, 1993 |
The Abington Art Center doesn't want to be known as an elitist arts organization. So it is encouraging an open dialogue among members of the community, artists, arts administrators and township officials. The value of arts in the community will be the focus of a town meeting Saturday that will coincide with the opening of the center's Artists' Cultural Exchange exhibit. Speakers will be Nancy Allbaugh, director of curriculum for the Abington School District; Township Commissioner Donald W. DeVore; the cultural exchange's vice president, Elizabeth A. Kinzie; Darrell Painter, executive director of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and Philip Horn, executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
August 11, 2006 |
Generally, I am in agreement with many of the ideas being vigorously debated with regard to addressing Philadelphia's insanely escalating murder rate: modified gun-control laws; sophisticated, strategically positioned surveillance cameras; and a fortified police presence in the neighborhoods. I applaud community groups no longer willing to tolerate the madness, and I support a curfew that will at least urge our children off the streets and out of harm's way. These ideas focus on immediate, short-term solutions, which is necessary given the circumstances.
September 10, 1999 |
First there was a play in a parked car. Then came a fight in a parking lot. This year, the third annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival introduces a roving 1986 Plymouth Reliant as The Y2K Car. The performers? The Four Horsepower of the Apocalypse, of course. The 1999 Fringe - an interdisciplinary melange of avant-garde theater, performance art, dance, music, poetry, comedy and visual arts - will open Wednesday and run through Sept. 25. Not counting the separately run Visual Fringe, the festival will feature about 560 performances of 150 shows in 46 venues, mostly in Old City.
August 25, 1991 |
They dabbled in ink and crayon and colored pencil to conjure up likenesses of someone special to them. And for their efforts, four local children became special someones themselves, and received trophies. The youngsters, two boys and two girls, were among the 115 who participated this year in Beneficial Savings Bank's "Someone Special" art contest, which gives elementary-school children a chance to show off their artistic talents. An exhibit of the artwork travels from branch to branch within Beneficial, and will be on display for two weeks at the bank's Woodlyn branch, in the Woodlyn Shopping Center, MacDade Boulevard and Bullens Lane, beginning Monday.