The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) presented Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, a series of imaginative public installations and creative community programs led by local artists and historians that introduced audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile Philadelphia Rail Park. Utilizing archival research and community feedback gathered during a series of interpretive programs, local artists, designers, and historians created public installations inspired by the Reading Viaduct. These included Auditus Natura Terminale, a new ephemeral sound work by research-based artist Abby Sohn. The project culminated in a summer 2016 installment of PHS’ popular Pop Up Garden, inspired by the rail park’s native plant life and rich architectural heritage, while also considering its future.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.
Located outside of West Philadelphia, The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation is a 54-acre, 18th-century garden, cemetery, and mansion that offers the public one of the nation’s most architecturally sophisticated neoclassical houses from the years following the American Revolution.
Cohabitation Strategies and Anthony Smyrski discuss how new understandings of design can better relate to and engage communities.
Renowned Liberian singers perform traditional and newly composed songs, inspiring dialogue and action around current pressing community issues.
Rudolf Staffel (1911–2002) was a ceramist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Ken Kalfus is a 2009 Pew Fellow and the author of two collections of stories, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, both of which were New York Times notable books.
Built in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous prison in the world. For more than a decade, the prison has had an active contemporary art program.
At age 33, Germaine Ingram (Pew Fellow, 2010) took up dance under the tutelage of a Philadelphia tap legend, the late LaVaughn Robinson (a 1992 Pew Fellow).
Nadia Hironaka is a visual artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
The Pew Charitable Trusts announces a new culture funding strategy, placing The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage at the heart of its support for culture in the Philadelphia region.
Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region.
Hayes blends various mediums—including video, performance, installation, and photography—to probe the complex intersections of history, politics, gender, and speech within private and public spaces.
This month, Afaa Michael Weaver is awarded the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Joshua Mosley’s work appears at the Whitney Biennial, King Britt curates at MoMA PS1, and much more.