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.

Fund for the Water Works

This interpretive, multi-media installation will combine science, history, and design in the creation of a site-specific, 530-square-foot living freshwater mussels enclave that will inspire visitors to discover and connect with the Schuylkill River’s rich habitat, while developing an appreciation for the importance of environmental protection.

Institute of Contemporary Art

An investigation of the idea of “institutionality” in the context of contemporary art will inform future curatorial and programmatic initiatives, in an effort to increase audience engagement with the ICA and its programs.

Pew Fellowship

Clearfield creates deep, emotive musical languages that she says, “synthesize disparate elements into a musical whole,” in works that explore themes ranging from freedom and oppression, to ancient cultures, religion, health, and technology.

The Wilma Theater

This world premiere play, written by the Wilma’s artistic director Blanka Zizka, invites audiences to consider the immigrant experience and questions surrounding identity, homeland and exile, the idealism of youth, and the compromises of adulthood.

Headlong

A year-long series of participatory performances at Washington Avenue Green will activate a one-acre site on the Delaware River waterfront that served as the entry point to Philadelphia for immigrants in the early 20th century.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Four artists of Arab heritage will come together in an international collaboration to create new poetry, music, and visual art works grappling with notions of displacement.

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

A trio of concerts from the world-acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss, tenor Mark Padmore, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and the Brentano String Quartet will provide new insights on the forms of expression found in the late stages of the lives of nine great composers, including Bach, Kurtág, Mozart, and Schubert.

James A. Michener Art Museum

An untapped aspect of the Philadelphia region’s artistic heritage will be brought to light in an exhibition of painter and photographer Charles Sheeler’s little-known fashion photography created for Condé Nast between 1926 and 1931—a body of work that significantly informed the aesthetic vision of one of American modernism’s founding figures.

DataArts

A new, user-friendly technology platform will enhance and streamline DataArts’ data collection and analysis tools, used nationally by thousands of cultural nonprofits to drive data-informed decision-making.

Kelsey Halliday Johnson

This exhibition will survey a generation of pioneering female artists in relation to the technology innovators who helped shape the information age.

Pew Fellowship

Recognized as a pioneering jazz bassist and composer who has played with numerous musical luminaries over his 60-year career, Merritt composes work that brings forth collective improvisation within a complex rhythmic and harmonic language.

The Barnes Foundation

With the city as its subject, this gallery exhibition, along with newly commissioned installations in unexpected Philadelphia locations, and citizen-created photos and videos, will capture urban life in novel ways.