Virtual Learning Platform Planning

Philadelphia Young Playwrights will identify new technological tools that maximize the impact of its programming for its 1,700 playwriting students, 25 teaching artists, and 50 teachers. Working primarily with Nathan Solomon of Philadelphia Game Labs, and consulting with Daniel Renner, director of education at the Theatre Development Fund, the organization will augment its traditional educational techniques with collaborative online writing spaces, gesture recognition software, or real-time streaming of theatrical events. Philadelphia Young Playwrights expects to develop a range of options for students and teachers alike, all of which will allow for quality instruction and individualized attention, regardless of location or scheduling issues. The hope is that easier access to teachers and more efficient communication will result in higher quality work from budding playwrights engaged in the program.1

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Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development. Learn more>>.
Grants & Grantees

The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art through bold and ambitious design choices.

Thaddeus Phillips’ original musical Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, which originally debuted in Philadelphia with Center support, has received a massive amount of positive critical attention for its Off-Broadway debut.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James presents a screening of The Fantasies Given to Us May Never Be Fixed, followed by a performance from Philadelphia-based artists Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery.

Grants & Grantees

An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Thomas Gibbons is a playwright and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

In 2001 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Two Center-funded performance projects presented by FringeArts at the 2015 Fringe Festival—Available Light and After the Rehearsal/Persona—have gained positive reviews in The New York Times.

Chamber Music Now commissioned new works by Philadelphia-based composers, inspired by the history of Eastern State Penitentiary.

Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia’s Clay Studio is a center for local, national, and international ceramic arts communities.

Theater artists Suli Holum and David Bradley reflect upon the ways disability and difference might be represented, interrogated, and objectified in performance.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Steve Zeitlin is the founding director of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City’s—and America’s—living cultural heritage.

Grants & Grantees

Colucci’s sound designs for theater are distinguished by their sense of musicality, and what he describes as a “sensitivity to the power of sound to evoke the ineffable.”