Pushers

1/3: Dance Iquail. Photo by Rachel Neville. Pictured: Iquail Shaheed and Allison Sale.
2/3: Dance Iquail. Photo by Rachel Neville. Pictured: Iquail Shaheed, Allison Sale, and company.
3/3: Iquail Shaheed. Photo by Rachel Neville.

Choreographer and first-time grantee Iquail Shaheed grew up in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia, recently declared a “Promise Zone” by President Barack Obama. In order to examine the difficult topic of addiction and its consequences, Pushers will use celebrity culture as its lens, as a way to connect with Mantua youth and encourage them to share their own experiences. The project is part of Shaheed’s ongoing investigation into community-based methods of dance creation, as he attempts to break down barriers that make dance inaccessible to marginalized audiences. Made with a focus group of youth participants, along with collaborating artists Daniel Carlton, playwright; Charles Vincent Burtwell, composer; and Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright and MacArthur Fellow, Pushers will culminate in a stage performance at the Painted Bride Art Center in November 2015.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.

For the past four years, Meg Foley has been inserting unexpected performance into ordinary life with her 3:15 dance project, in which she creates a dance, wherever she is, at exactly 3:15 p.m.

Following Tuesday’s performance of Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, veterans will speak about the challenges of representing their experiences artistically.

We asked Philadelphia multidisciplinary theater artist Aaron Cromie to comment on the artistic responsibilities he considers as a director. “I think it’s the director’s job to create an environment and a world,” Cromie responded. “The director is an arbiter of great ideas.”

Grants & Grantees

Supporting, documenting and presenting Philadelphia area folk arts, the Philadelphia Folklore Project is committed to sustaining community cultural knowledge.

The William Way LGBT Community Center presents OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will highlight intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.

Grants & Grantees

Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The Performing Arts at Swarthmore College serve as educational and artistic laboratories, combining a rigorous liberal arts education with practical explorations of performance.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist, and professor Shulamit Ran is the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor in the department of music at the University of Chicago.

Grants & Grantees

First Person Arts offers bi-monthly story slams, classes, and an annual festival dedicated to transforming real life into documentary art.

Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia Dance Projects has grown into an organization focused on presenting performances and workshops to challenge and develop local artists.

Julia Wolfe explains how she transformed the historical nuggets of her research into a 45-minute live performance by the 140-voice Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Ben Young is a music researcher and radio host. Twenty years on the air at Columbia University’s WKCR have included continuing in-depth study of the avant-garde jazz of the 1960s.

Grants & Grantees

The Kimmel Center presented the regional premiere of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play, starring Oscar Award-winning actress Estelle Parsons.