About

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) is a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. The Center invests in ambitious, imaginative projects that showcase the region’s cultural vitality and enhance public life, and we engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad network of cultural practitioners and leaders.

Choreographer Faustin Linyekula, re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Arts Center. Photo by Jen Cleary.

Established in 2005, the Center makes Project grants in two areas, Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, while our twelve annual Fellowships provide no-strings-attached grants to individual artists working in all disciplines. The Center also awards multi-year Advancement grants to high-performing institutions undertaking bold, innovative organizational initiatives. Learn more on our Apply page.

Pati Hill, Alphabet of Common Objects, c. 1975-79, 45 black and white copier prints, each 11” x 8.5,″ part of Arcadia University Art Gallery’s 2015 exhibition Pati Hill: Photocopier. Courtesy Estate of Pati Hill and Arcadia.

Center funding has made possible thousands of performing arts events, history and visual arts exhibitions, and other public programs for audiences in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.


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David Scott Kessler, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

As a hub for the exchange of ideas and ongoing dialogue on issues critical to artistic practice, we present a lively range of activities. Our Questions of Practice research series of online essays and interviews, symposia and lectures, and in-depth publications explores evolving lines of inquiry that respond to our experience as cultural grantmakers. Through all of our knowledge-sharing activities, we aim to advance the arts and heritage fields and connect Philadelphia’s cultural community with peers nationally and internationally.

Installation view of Temple Contemporary’s reFORM, in collaboration with Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of Temple Contemporary.

The Center is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. For more information and to stay up to date with the Center, read a letter from Executive Director Paula Marincola, sign up for our e-newsletter, and find out how to apply for a grant.