Exhibitions & Public Interpretation
Recognizing the increasingly blurred lines and fluid boundaries in the presentation and interpretation of material and visual culture, the Center has established Exhibitions & Public Interpretation as a category of funding. Areas of programming considered within this category include public display and/or interpretation of artworks, historical artifacts, scientific objects, living collections, buildings, stories, or ideas; film, video, or other moving-image presentations and technology platforms; and all other forms of exhibitions and public cultural interpretation including those that take place in public spaces, online, and/or make use of participatory strategies.
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The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to share its new guidelines for the 2014 grant cycle in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, Performance, Pew Fellowships, and Advancement Grants.
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The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Announces 2013 Grant Recipients in Heritage
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded $940,000 to eight heritage projects. Two organizations are first-time grantees of the heritage program. For brief descriptions of the projects, please visit the Grants Awarded page.
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The Heritage program is one of the think tank and funding programs at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, working in support of excellence and imagination in public history practice in the Philadelphia region. We believe that the future of public history depends on our willingness to take risks—to challenge audience expectations, push beyond hushed reverence and nostalgia, wander outside our comfort zones, and allow for healthy organizational dissonance. At the Heritage program, we strive to support such risk taking within history organizations (and others) and are aiming to create a regional ecology—a laboratory—in which dynamic and thoughtful risk-taking can flourish. We strongly believe that the safe and predictable approaches to public history interpretation no longer work for most audiences. Traditional house tours, exhibitions, and other passive experiences don't engage the audiences we need to stay alive and fresh and relevant as a field. When we speak of imaginative and even playful approaches, we do not mean that we discourage projects with serious subject matter. We understand that public history interpretation includes the full range of the human experience, from the amusing to the everyday to the traumatic.
Announcing the 2012 PCAH Heritage Awards for Interpretive Inquiry and Investigation (Triple I Awards)
The Heritage program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Awards for Interpretive Inquiry and Investigation. This professional development opportunity supports individual practitioners in the investigation of imaginative projects in public history.
These small grants support experimental interpretive research and projects that bring history alive by:
• connecting the present to the past in engaging, imaginative, and meaningful ways;
• responding to audience and/or community interests or needs;
• demonstrating a complex understanding and presentation of history.
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Photo at top: Jenny Sabin's Greenhouse and Cabinet of Future Fossils / exhibition experience at the American Philosophical Society. Photo by Brent Wahl.