The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Announces 2014 Grants for Philadelphia Artists and Organizations

1/20: Katya Kabanova, Spoleto Festival USA, 2014. Photo courtesy of Matt Saunders.
2/20: Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio, Honey Baby, 2013. Video still. Performer: Nick Sciscione, videographer: Kirsten Johnson, composer: Tom Laurie, editor: Amanda Laws.
3/20: Big Cat Crossing. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo.
4/20: Leroy Johnson, 60th Street. Photo courtesy of the artist.
5/20: The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change in concert at the Cedar Works, West Philadelphia, 2013. Photo by Toni Shapiro-Phim.
6/20: Campagna Urbana / Urban Campaign, Cohabitation Strategies, Lecce, Italy, 2012. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
7/20: Documentation of Barbara Kasten working in her studio, New York, NY, 1983. Photo courtesy of the artist.
8/20: Walter Hood, Pearl Street Furniture Build / Community Feast, 2013. Courtesy of Asian Arts Initiative.
9/20: The Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble. Photo by JJ Tiziou.
10/20: Families engage in “Wormy Fun,” one of Morris Arboretum’s monthly Garden Discovery series themes. Courtesy of the Morris Arboretum.
11/20: Artist unknown, Processional Face of the God Bhairava, c. 16th century, mercury-gilded copper alloy with rock crystal, paint, foil, and glass decoration. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
12/20: Quiet Dance. Photo by Alastair Muir. Pictured, from left to right: Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion.
13/20: Figure 8, performed by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo © Thibault Gregoire, 2013.
14/20: Gert and Uwe Tobias, Ohne Titel (untitled). Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
15/20: On the set of Colombian telenovela Alias El Mexicano. Photo by Thaddeus Phillips.
16/20: Ensemble of Susan Rethorst’s 208 East Broadway. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.
17/20: After the Rehearsal/Persona by Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Photo © Jan Versweyveld.
18/20: A scene from Opera Philadelphia’s East Coast premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, with music by Kevin Puts and libretto by Mark Campbell, co-produced with the Minnesota Opera. Photo by Michal Daniel.
19/20: Nathan Williams of the Zydeco Cha Chas. Photo courtesy of the artist.
20/20: Laynie Browne. Photo by Kelly Writer’s House Staff.

Contact: Megan Wendell, 267.350.4961, mwendell@pcah.us

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PHILADELPHIA—The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its 2014 grants in support of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community today. They include 12 new Pew Fellowships of $60,000 each, 35 project grants in amounts up to $300,000, and two Advancement grants of $500,000 each.

“Through the work of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, we are pleased to support the cultural vitality of greater Philadelphia,” said Michael Dahl, who directs the Philadelphia program for The Pew Charitable Trusts. “These types of high-quality, meaningful cultural experiences continue to make our region an attractive place to live and visit.”

“Our 2014 grantees attest to the dynamism and variety of Philadelphia’s cultural scene and carry the promise of exciting and rewarding experiences for audiences across the region,” said Paula Marincola, executive director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. “We are gratified to support such a vibrant and ambitious group of artists and projects.”

Following is a partial list of artists, projects, and organizations receiving awards. For a complete list of grantees, click here (PDF).

Pew Fellowships:

  • Susan Rethorst: internationally recognized, award-winning choreographer, currently in her fifth decade of making dances.
  • Leroy Johnson: a mixed-media artist active in Philadelphia’s Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s and still creating vital work.
  • Matt Saunders: an emerging, experimental performance artist who develops inventive, critically acclaimed set designs for major venues in the United States.

Project Grants for Events, Exhibitions, and Performances:

Advancement Grants:

  • The Philadelphia Zoo, for the next phase of its innovative trail system, which will add to an ever-changing and enriching experience for animals and audiences alike.
  • Opera Philadelphia, for a multi-year project that will help the organization undertake audience research to further enhance the impact of its programs, as well as bring opera to a variety of audiences in unconventional places and unexpected ways (awarded in December 2013).

More information about the program is available at www.pcah.us. Click here to view this release as a PDF.

See exclusive photos from our June 16 grantee celebration >


The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage envisions greater Philadelphia as a widely recognized hub for dynamic cultural experiences and a place in which creative expression and interpretation, as well as the exchange of ideas, are vital forces in public life. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.pcah.us.

The Pew Charitable Trusts (www.pewtrusts.org) is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. It partners with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share a commitment to fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


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Grants & Grantees

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Questions of Practice

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Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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