Last week, the Rosenbach Museum & Library made a big announcement - the museum is now home to a rare mural painted circa 1961 by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. In the months leading up to The Chertoff Mural’s arrival to the museum, Canary Promotion worked closely with RML staff members to tell this remarkable story. The wide-reaching media campaign has yielded several extensive features including an Associated Press article which moved on the wire yesterday, a segment on NPR’s leading news show All Things Considered, a front page story in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sunday edition and a New York Times feature. Read more »
Canary Promotion founder & president, Megan Wendell shares some favorite experiences from the past year. Some are Canary clients; some are not. How lucky are we to work with clients who consistently make such inspiring work that we can’t stop talking about it a year later? 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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Let’s just say Philadelphia’s got talent. It was announced this week that Philadelphia’s Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, Dan Rothenberg, and Dito van Reigersberg of Pig Iron Theatre Company and furniture designer Matthias Pliessnig were named USA Knight Fellows at a celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The Pig Iron collaborative and Pliessnig will each receive an unrestricted $50,000 grant from United States Artists (USA), part of a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to USA, a national grant-making and advocacy organization.
Last year, Philadelphia ceramicist Kukuli Velarde was named one of the first USA Knight Fellows. For her community engagement project, Velarde and her husband (whom she met while both were residents at the Clay Studio, 13 years ago) established a ceramic studio in the basement of the West Kensington Ministry.The studio began offering classes this summer. Check out local filmmaker David S. Kessler’s Studioscopic portrait of Kukuli from a few years back below to learn more about her work.
Inspired by boatbuilding techniques and classic modernist furniture, Matthias Pliessnig has made a name for himself with his visually stunning pieces constructed primarily with steamed bent-wood strips. Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, Dan Rothenberg, and Dito van Reigersberg, co-artistic directors of Pig Iron Theatre Company, create performance works that defy easy categorization.
Find out more about Canary’s work with the Knight Foundation, including our campaign for the three-year, $9 million initiative Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, right here at canarypromo.com/work/knightarts. Finalists for the first year of the Philadelphia contest will be announced in early 2011. Stay tuned. Read more »
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!
The Rosenbach Museum & Library announced today news of an important acquisition of two rarely seen portraits depicting Rebecca Gratz and her brother, Joseph Gratz, belonging to the beloved Gratz family. Canary is very excited to be working with the museum – a long-time media relations client – to share the news of these culturally significant portraits. The Gratzes were a prominent early American Jewish family who lived in and made many lasting contributions to both the Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania regions throughout the 19th century.
We encourage you to visit the Rosenbach Museum & Library in the coming weeks to experience these visually stunning portaits, an important addition to Philadelphia’s art world, and explore the history and legacy of Rebecca Gratz and her family to our city. To learn more, check out today’s Philadelphia Inquirer which includes a great spread detailing this remarkable story by culture writer Stephan Salisbury, Rosenbach acquires portraits of Gratzes, or view our press release online.
Philanthropist, social activist, and Jewish leader Rebecca Gratz (1781– 1869) painted in 1831 by Thomas Sully. As the founder and secretary of Philadelphia’s earliest women’s philanthropic organizations, Rebecca helped define a new identity for American women.Read more »
Lately, stories of school bullying and teen suicide have taken the forefront in the news and the minds of many. Next week, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, in collaboration with Temple University, will present the 2010 New Voices: Workshop Productions series, a free theater showcase featuring winning student-penned plays which touch on serious issues effecting young people and their loved ones.
If you have tweens and teens (or know a few), we encourage you to check out the series. New Voices offers parents/guardians/friends a forum to jump start a proactive dialogue about such life-changing issues facing many kids today. This year’s New Voices program holds special significance, in light of recent events and our country’s increasing efforts to mobilize and begin a fresh conversation about the suffering of both bullied and disadvantaged youth. Heavy (and timely) topics explored in New Voices include plays about being gay and dealing with homophobia, religion and the meaning of life, violence, body image, death in the family, war, and plain old teenage angst, among others. Read more »
TEDxPhilly – Right Here, Right Now
Thursday, November 18 – Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia
Founded on the concept of TED, a conference dedicated to the concept of “Ideas Worth Spreading” from Technology, Entertainment, and Design industries, TEDx events are community organized conferences aimed at local audiences. TEDxPhilly chose the theme Right Here, Right Now to celebrate the region while inspiring innovation through a unique TED experience. Canary is excited to be participating in this inaugural event, and we think you might dig it too. Read more »
Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer and over 200 arts professionals, advocates and artists celebrated the launch of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia on October 5, 2010 at a special reception at TRUST in Old City.
Building on the momentum of the arts in Philadelphia, the Knight Arts Challenge seeks out innovative projects to inspire and enrich Philadelphia’s communities. “The challenge opens a window of opportunity for everyone in the community,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president/arts. “In each of the next three years, we will invite every artist, every arts institution, every business and every individual in Philadelphia to offer the best art ideas for this community.”
We’re excited to congratulate Fairmount Park Art Association on a Philadelphia Magazine BEST of PHILLY 2010 win for “Best Cheap Thrill!” with the newly launched Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO!
Launched in June, Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO offers participants an insider’s view of Philadelphia’s outstanding collection of public art with 35 professionally produced audio segments revealing the stories behind 51 sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a great urban thoroughfare, and the connecting Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park. Users can access the segments for free and through their own cell phones or hand-held devices, providing a high quality way to access information and experience outdoor sculpture in an innovative, engaging, fun and meaningful way.
Download the Fairmount Park Art Association’s new—and free—audio guide to 51 of our city’s public sculptures at www.museumwithoutwallsaudio.org to your ipod and check it out!