Grants and Grantees

Our grantees bring richness to the cultural life of the Philadelphia region with ambitious events and programs and distinctive artistic voices. In 2016, more than $10 million in grants provided support for 36 projects, 5 advancement grants, and 12 artists’ fellowships. Grantees engaged with neighborhoods, took deep dives into artists’ work and legacies, and challenged disciplinary boundaries. We offer a snapshot here.

Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

The French choreographer’s Philadelphia residency and performance filled outdoor spaces and the vast Drexel Armory with what Charmatz calls “a choreography where every part can be seen simultaneously.”

Pew Fellow

This filmmaker examines cultural identity and daily life among Arab Americans, showing a “first generation immigrant experience that resembles a fluid confluence of cultural backgrounds.”

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Imaginative public installations and community programs led by local artists and historians re-energized the abandoned Reading Viaduct in a space designed by artist Walter Hood.

Arcadia University Art Gallery

A survey of over 100 black and white prints created in the 1970-80s recovered the work of an under-recognized American artist and revealed the potential of an IBM photocopier as an artistic tool.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Stravinsky’s score was reactivated in an interdisciplinary performance featuring Grammy Award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and larger-than-life puppets by Janni Younge.

Opera Philadelphia

A daring operatic adaptation of Lars von Trier’s film premiered in Philadelphia and “commanded attention” with “sensitivity and style.” (The New York Times)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Contemporary and historic African art and design were at the center of a five-part exhibition that explored the relationship between tradition and innovation.

Bryn Mawr College

The work of an internationally recognized pioneer of post-modernism was restaged in a series of performances spanning Brown’s creative life, including a US premiere for the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Franklin Institute

Cutting-edge virtual reality technology and science storytelling transport audiences to the deep ocean, a space shuttle, and inside the human body.

Pew Fellow

Kidwell’s poignant, performer-driven theater work negotiates complex issues of race and American history in an effort to “crack open dangerous truths.”

RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residence)

Recycled materials and personal memories inspired a site-specific performance/installation “at the dump,” challenging notions of where art can live and be experienced.

Questions of Practice

What are the critical issues at play in contemporary cultural production? More than 60 artists, curators, and cultural practitioners contributed to our ongoing conversation in the Center’s Questions of Practice series.

In Terms of Performance

In December 2016, we released In Terms of Performance, a free web-based keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery across artistic disciplines, with texts and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in interdisciplinary cultural practice.

The publication is produced in collaboration with the Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley and co-edited by Shannon Jackson and the Center’s executive director Paula Marincola. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #InTermsOfPerformance.

On The Horizon

Photo Credits

Martha McDonald, Songs of Memory and Forgetting. Photo by Mike Persico.

Wall installation of broken instruments from Philadelphia schools, Temple Contemporary. Photo by Haley Adair.

Owen Metsileng and Nobulumko Mngxekeza in Brett Bailey’s Macbeth. Photo by Nicky Newman, courtesy of FringeArts.

A Fierce Kind of Love performance, presented by Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Installation at Pier 9, presented by The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Photo by Thibault Jeanson.

Boris Charmatz leading a community workshop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

Heidi Saman, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

View of the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park with the Reading Viaduct. Photo by Rob Cardillo.

Pati Hill, Alphabet of Common Objects, c. 1975-79, b/w copier prints. Photo courtesy of Estate of Pati Hill and Arcadia University.

Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August.

Kiera Duffy in Breaking the Waves. Photo by Dominic M. Mercier, courtesy of Opera Philadelphia.

Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art, installation view, 2016, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Tim Tiebou.

Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Trisha Brown’s O zlozony/O composite. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy of PA Ballet.

The Franklin Institute, Experience Virtual Reality. Photo by Darryl Moran.

Jennifer Kidwell in Underground Railroad Game. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Martha McDonald, Songs of Memory and Forgetting. Photo by Mike Persico.

Urban Bush Women, Walking with Trane. Photo by Gennia Cui.

Visitors at the Phoenix Art Museum. Photo courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum.

Faustin Linyekula, Philly Files. Photo by Jen Cleary.

Pati Hill, A Swan: An Opera in Nine Chapters, 1978, b/w copier print. Courtesy of the Estate of Pati Hill.

Barbara Wysocka in Chopin Without Piano, produced by Centrala. Photo by Natalia Kabanow, courtesy of Swarthmore College.

Janine Antoni in Paper Dance during Ally exhibition, produced in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Photo by Carlos Avendaño.

Trisha Brown Dance Company, Set and Reset, Bryn Mawr College, 2015. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Installation view of Temple Contemporary's reFORM exhibition. Photo by Tim Gibbon.

Marlon Griffith, No Black in the Union Jack under Gia Wolff, Canopy, in “Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival,” curated by Claire Tancons for the BMW Tate Live Series, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, 2014. Photo by Oliver Cowling. © Tate 2014.

A. L. Steiner + robbinschilds, C.L.U.E., Part I (color location ultimate experience), 2007, digital video, TRT 10:47. Photo: A. L. Steiner, Untitled (white), 2007, color pigment print. Performers: Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Violin Phasefragment of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982). From “On Line,” Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Max Vadukul.

Ralph Lemon, How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?, 2009. Archival print from original film. © Ralph Lemon.

A Letter to My Father/ A Letter to My Son, presented by WHYY and First Person Arts. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Soap Opera, HARIBO, 2016, Institute of Contemporary Art. Photo by Christopher Andrew McDonald.

Contrapunctus I of J.S. Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue). Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Monument Lab, Philadelphia City Hall courtyard, 2014. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Dito van Reigersberg in Pig Iron Theatre Company’s I Promised Myself to Live Faster.

Aneta Kernová in Adapt!. Photo by Michaela Zemcikova, courtesy of The Wilma Theater.

Tania Bruguera, Displacement, 1998, Cuban earth, glue, wood, nails, textile. Photo courtesy of Studio Bruguera.

Page from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1897. Photo courtesy of The Rosenbach.