Grants & Grantees
As a multidisciplinary grantmaker dedicated to fostering a vibrant community, the Center awards Project grants in Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, twelve annual Fellowships which provide unrestricted grants to individual artists working in all disciplines, and Advancement grants to support high-performing institutions undertaking bold, innovative organizational initiatives.
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Yael Bartana (working title)
A newly commissioned site-specific performance and an exhibition showcase Israeli filmmaker and installation artist Yael Bartana, whose work addresses the complexities of migration, memory, and identity.
Publishing As Practice
Three experimental art publishers explore publishing as an incubator for new forms of editorial, curatorial, and artistic practice in a residency program based in Philadelphia’s Ulises bookshop.
David Felix Sutcliffe
A documentary filmmaker, Sutcliffe creates intimate, character-driven stories about the complex experiences of Muslim American communities today.
Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
In its Philadelphia premiere, Taylor Mac’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated performance work journeys through 240 years of US history and popular songs, staged in two 12-hour installments.
Digging Deeper: Field Studies Made Possible by the Waste Stream
What can waste tell us about contemporary urban life? This question guides a cohort of social scientists as they dig into a recycling facility and consider “waste as artifact.”
America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far
This exhibition combines art, technology, performance, and interactive programming to introduce young children and their families to local and global Muslim communities and culture.
Frank Zappa – The Yellow Shark
The Philadelphia premiere of The Yellow Shark celebrates the genre-defying compositional work of maverick American composer and rock guitarist Frank Zappa.
From a Black Son to a White Man to a Black Woman and Back Again
Newly commissioned work by visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock examines the representation of race in material culture, inspired by toy dolls from the artist’s own collection and from Philadelphia’s African American Doll Museum.
M. Nzadi Keita
Weaving intricate narratives with historical research and vivid imagery, Keita describes her poetry as “photographic writing,” using “voice as a vessel to offer images to the reader.”
Farm for the City: Growing for Greater Good
A temporary “farm-as-art installation” transforms center city Philadelphia’s Thomas Paine Plaza into a civic commons for conversations about urban agriculture, food access, and community revitalization.
Advancement Grant: Settlement Music School
New curricula, teaching methods, and communications strategies respond to the evolving nature of today’s learning styles in order to attract and retain students at Settlement Music School.