Puppet Festival (r)Evolution is the 2013 National Festival of the Puppeteers of America, connecting audiences with puppet artists through performances and events from August 5 – 10at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. This bi-annual festival showcases some of the best work being done by award-winning puppeteers across the country and offers opportunities to engage with career puppet artists through workshops, talks and community events.
We’ve been busier than ever this winter, gearing up for exciting new client events, performances and exhibitions, getting involved with national arts advocacy and community-building efforts, and joining a thought-provoking conversation on the future of arts journalism. You can play your part, too! Read on to learn how you can get involved.
From dance and theater works to avant-garde music festivals and high-tech, interactive public art installations, Canary clients kept local, national and foreign-language press on their toes this fall. We’ve worked with these clients to create targeted messages that appeal to local and national press, expanding their reach and drawing new audiences. Read on for some highlights of our recent media relations work. (Pictured: Margaret Leng Tan, part of “Cage: Beyond Silence” presented by Bowerbird)
Calling all Philadelphians with a great idea for the arts! The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is now accepting applications for the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia. The $9 million community-wide contest seeks the most innovative cultural ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The deadline is Oct. 15.
Not sure if you qualify? Anyone can apply, as long as you follow three simple rules:
1) Your idea must be about the arts.
2) Your project must take place in or benefit Philadelphia.
3) You must find funds to match Knight’s commitment, within a year.
The initial application has only two questions. Give Knight your best 150 words on your great idea, and click submit!
Read more about the challenge here.
And apply here.
DesignPhiladelphia is winding down, but there is still plenty to see this weekend as the annual celebration championing design in all forms comes to a close on October 23.
Have you noticed all the activity taking place at the empty lot at 313 S Broad St this week? The temporary exhibition and installation, aptly titled Not A Vacant Lot, is a response to Philadelphia’s pervasive vacancy problem. Curious? Stop in. Like nearly all of DesignPhiladelphia’s programming, it’s free and open to the public, through Sunday, October 23.
The project, in partnership with The University of the Arts, independent curator Marianne Bernstein and PennDesign students, has transformed the lot into a unique space using landscape design, installations, film screenings and other cultural offerings.
One of the highlights is artist and curator Marianne Bernstein’s newest project, The Play House, which is a multi-purpose aluminum 8x8’ cube installed within the exhibition. Teams of artists were invited to activate vacant lots throughout Philadelphia and document their work through short films. These films are being projected on the exterior of The Play House from 7-10 p.m. nightly. Performances are also taking place from within The Play House 4-7 p.m. daily. Read more »
On April 13, the Rosenbach Museum & Library threw a very special party to celebrate the completion of conservation work on The Chertoff Mural painted by Maurice Sendak. I’ll simply say the author and illustrator’s only surviving mural is charming and whimsical; it’s journey to Philadelphia from a New York apartment, almost unbelievable; the conservation work, remarkable.
The party was attended by Nina and Larry Chertoff, who were just kids when Sendak painted the parade of animals and children marching along their bedroom wall circa 1961. Friends and family of the Chertoffs, the mural conservation team, friends of Maurice Sendak, many generous supporters to the project, and Rosenbach staff (who have worked tirelessly to share the mural with the public), all joined in the festivities. Sendak, now 82, was unable to attend, but was there in spirit, and the party went on in his honor!
Larry and Nina Chertoff (and in the tube, one of the life-size mural reproductions signed by Maurice Sendak). Photo by Susan Beard.
Last week, Amy Rosenberg interviewed Sendak from his home in Connecticut for a story in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer. The subject of their discussion went far beyond the conservation project.Sendak spoke about why he chose the Rosenbach to be the home for his life’s work (where it can be seen, not simply archived), his memories of painting the mural, life and aging, his new book Bumble-Ardy, opera, being gay, his late partner Eugene Glynn, and much more. I could tell you more, but you should just take a quick break and read the article: Sendak, picturing mortality.
Can you hear the music? Canary is working with Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia’s leading jazz and experimental music presenting organization, on media relations for two Spring concert series, the first of which kicks off this weekend! From Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 13, ANW presents Composer Portrait: Fieldworkshowcasing the collective and individual work of pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Steve Lehman, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, who together make up the critically acclaimed trio Fieldwork.
If you are a jazz fan, the Fieldwork series is not to miss. Back in September 2010, I saw Vijay Iyer play in Philadelphia at a special presentation by the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Eastern State Penitentiary. He played to a small audience in the surveillance round of the prison! In short, the concert was spectacular. Though familiar with his solo work, I had not heard of Fieldwork previously and have enjoyed learning more about the collective. Looking forward to seeing and hearing Fieldwork this weekend.
The 2011 Young Voices High School Monologue Festival kicks off today! Presented by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and InterAct Theatre Company, the 4-day Festival offers staged performances of winning student-penned monologues, performed by professional actors from Philadelphia’s theatre community. Performances open to the public will be held on Thursday, February 17 at 7pm and Saturday, February 19 at 2pm at The Adrienne Theater.
Monologue playwright and student blogger Glenna Walsh has been actively documenting her experiences in the Festival at the Young Voices blog. Glenna goes behind the scenes of the competition, from an inside-look at the writing process of her monologue Predisposition, to what its like to work with actors and more. Read more »
In April, visitors to Reading Terminal Market’s Italian festival were treated to a surprise performance of “Brindisi” by the principal cast members of La Traviata. The singers were dressed in plain clothes as patrons of the market, including one singer who belts out his verse holding a fountain soda cup!
What’s particularly neat about the Opera Company’s use of flash mobs is that the company is taking opera out of the traditional theater and into public, modern spaces, singing among the people. It’s extremely rare to be surrounded by opera singers, right? Read more »
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Canary Promotion just wrapped up our publicity campaign for Museum Without Walls: AUDIO, a public art project by the Fairmount Park Art Association. One of our final pieces of press coverage secured for the project includes an in-depth feature by Associated Press writer Joann Loviglio, a story which was first published last week and continues to make it’s way across the country. The AP story - Philly’s New ‘Museum’ Is Free, Outdoors, Open 24-7 - is great exposure for Museum Without Walls and the city, once again positioning Philadelphia as a destination for public art and other cultural attractions.
To date, the wide-reaching AP story has popped up in The Seattle Times, ABCNEWS.com, Yahoo! News, MSNBC.com, The Huffington Post, Nola.com, Stamford Advocate, The Canadian Press, Marin Independent Journal, The Philadelphia Tribune, METRO, Greenwich Time, Desert News, The Republic, The Pioneer Press, and PhillyBurbs.com, among others!