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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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.
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.
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.
Building Empathy Through the Arts
Artists, medical students, and people living with dementia and their caregivers engage in an arts-based process of empathy-building and storytelling that culminates in a performance about what it means to heal and be healed.
Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Dixon Gottschild’s 50-year career as a writer and cultural scholar surveys the presence and influence of the black dancing body in America, in what she calls “choreography for the page.”
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.
AAMP Residency for Art and Social Change
A pilot artist residency program for emerging black artists engages with the Olney neighborhood of North Philadelphia and responds to current social issues through the interpretation of AAMP’s collections.
Hidden Lives, Illuminated
Stories from inside America’s correctional system are brought to light through four newly commissioned, animated short films, projected onto Eastern State Penitentiary’s 30-foot facade.
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.
David Felix Sutcliffe
A documentary filmmaker, Sutcliffe creates intimate, character-driven stories about the complex experiences of Muslim American communities today.
Let 'im Move You: This Is a Formation
A new performance work draws from the J-Sette dance form, examining “team” in performance and exploring the rhythms of pop and club music.