With a commitment to contemporary craft and design that is broad and inclusive—allowing equally for investigations of material culture as well as for conceptual art—the Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA) is carving out its own space in the museum landscape. Center support helped the PAA bring to town Beijing-based artists Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen for The Way of Chopsticks, and the Miss Rockaway Armada, a geographically dispersed collective that organizes flotillas, parades and performances.
The Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA) underwent exhibition planning with artist collective the Miss Rockaway Armada for a new project, exploring the PAA's relationship to Rittenhouse Square and the history of Philadelphia. The Miss Rockaway Armada has been recognized for its mobile constructions, museum installations, performances, and Vaudeville-style theater. The collective's activities relate to exploring new sustainable ways of living and socio-political and environmental issues associated with renewable resources and the handmade. This planning process resulted in a 2010 Project Grant, to support an exhibition and related activities in 2011.