Tonight, I’m at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, excited to announce the 43 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia. This year, we were once again delightfully surprised by Philadelphia’s creative minds. I think you’ll see why. In the winners, there are several interesting trends, including ideas that will:
- Make art more participatory – including a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry IV where the audience will take part in an enormous battle;
- Explore cross-genre mashups – with projects that will combine technology and design, voice and architecture and food and visual art. To me, this is one of the most exciting areas. As our world and attention spans become increasingly fragmented, combining genres is an interesting way to engage audiences on multiple levels.
- Weave art into neighborhoods – with pop-up dance performances in addition to musical events in the city’s Latino neighborhood