Hired as an interim leader after founder Kippy Stroud's sudden death, Talbott has kept the quirky museum/workshop on the national radar and built a sustainable administrative structure. She'll step down at the end of September.
Beloved tour guide Estelle Rubens had told the academy she planned to leave it a little something after she died. No one expected this. The $8 million gift is one of the largest in Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts history.
A National Endowment for the Humanities grant being announced Thursday will put the historic church near the $3.1 million it needs to stabilize and renovate the steeple and the brick tower on which it sits. A handful of other local groups will receive grants, as well.