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.

Mural Arts Philadelphia

“What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” Five temporary public artworks, created by artists Ai Weiwei, Zoe Strauss, Kara Crombie, Kaitlin Pomerantz, and Alexander Rosenberg, and on-site “laboratories” for public feedback will consider this question and notions of monumentality within the civic sphere.

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.

Thaddeus Phillips

Performance art, pop-up storybook design techniques, and a cinematic score will combine in a visual theater work for children and adults devised and performed by Phillips, in collaboration with visual artist Steven Dufala and composer Juan Gabriel Turbay.

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute launched an expansive, two-year digital media initiative to enhance its interpretive programming and audience engagement, both within the museum and online.

Pew Fellowship

Kidwell’s poignant, performer-driven theater work addresses the complexities of race and notions of American history with sharp intelligence and wry humor.

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.

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.

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.

Choral Arts Philadelphia

A recreation of 18 rarely-performed cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed as originally intended: in an arc spanning the Christian church calendar and the seasons.

Rosenbach Museum and Library

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, this exhibition will highlight two seminal Gothic works—Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel and Bram Stoker’s Dracula—through a selection of rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts to illustrate how these horror stories reflect ethical and scientific questions that continue to challenge us today.

Pew Fellowship

Colucci’s sound designs for theater are distinguished by their sense of musicality, and what he describes as a “sensitivity to the power of sound to evoke the ineffable.”