Joan Myers Brown Book Research and Development

Cover of Brenda Dixon Gottschild’s Joan Myers Brown & The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance.

Brenda Dixon Gottschild, an acclaimed performer, author, and scholar, conducted research for a new book chronicling the life of Joan Myers Brown, in an effort to address issues of race within the dance industry. Brown founded the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts in 1960, as well as the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) in 1970, defying the social barriers preventing African Americans from becoming professional ballerinas. Gottschild’s book Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance was published by UK publisher Palgrave Macmillan in January 2012 with Center support.


FringeArts presented the Philadelphia premieres of Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On and Jan Fabre’s Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day in the 2008 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

Edmunds, executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, is The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s first visiting scholar. Paula Marincola, the Center’s executive director, spoke with her about the opportunity.

Grants & Grantees

Marianela Boan incorporated a wide range of movement styles and media forms to create Office, the basis for a piece that was presented during the 2010 FringeArts festival.

Collaborators & Colleagues

In addition to his work as a solo performer, Jaamil Kosoko is co-director of anonymous bodies and the founder and executive producing director of the Philadiction Movement in Philadelphia.

Grants & Grantees

Established in 2004, Jazz Bridge is a hybrid nonprofit organization joining performance presentation with professional support services for regional jazz and blues artists.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble released a video trailer for its Center-funded performance, Steppes: A Crossover, featuring the premiere of a piece by Mark Morris.

Local ministers and their choirs will participate in a church meeting revival, offering a praise and worship opportunity for the entire community.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Bonnie Clearwater is director and chief curator at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, where she leads the development of exhibition programs and the expansion of education initiatives and public programming.

Collaborators & Colleagues

C. Spencer Yeh is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist and composer, as well as his music project Burning Star Core. Yeh served as an LOI panelist in Performance in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Established in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has extended its important Balanchine-based repertoire by presenting new works by a variety of contemporary choreographers.

Michael Djupstrom premieres a new piano quintet at the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival, Beth Kephart and Caroline Lathan-Stiefel display works at the Philadelphia International Airport, and The New York Times reviews Chris Forsyth’s new album.