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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Lovers (for Philadelphia)
Composer and guitarist Nels Cline curates a concert experience inspired by Philadelphia’s rich musical history and Cline’s acclaimed concept recording, Lovers, performed by a specially assembled jazz orchestra.
Poe creates multifaceted portraits of young people of color in work that blends film, photography, and prose across media platforms.
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.
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.
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: Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania
New approaches to exhibition design, public programming, and communications enrich visitors’ understanding of human history through the museum’s collection of more than one million objects.
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.”
Heiner Goebbels: Imaginary Stages
The Philadelphia premiere of two works by Heiner Goebbels—an internationally acclaimed German composer and director—merges theater, performative installation, and experimental chamber music.
Discovering the Selinsgrove Center
An artist residency model takes shape in this public history project designed to illuminate the first-person narratives of people with intellectual disabilities and their experiences of institutionalization at Selinsgrove Center in Central Pennsylvania.
Wilmer Wilson IV
Working across mediums, including performance, sculpture, collage, video, photography, and installation, Wilson explores the nature and social value of ephemera and bodily presence in public spaces.
Pioneering composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s KLANG is experienced in a daylong series of 21 chamber music compositions, each written to represent an hour of the day.