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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).
Project Grants for Events, Exhibitions, and Performances:
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.
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Bailey’s interpretation of Verdi’s opera, Macbeth, features a South African cast and examines post-colonial central Africa.
Bringing together some of hip-hop’s most influential pioneers, Clark will present what he calls his “physical autobiography” in a dance-theater performance blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video.
WPCA cultivates interest and support for the arts in West Philadelphia by increasing the visibility of the community’s cultural resources.
WXPN general manager Roger LaMay talks with us about how digital platforms have shifted the role of curation in radio, the importance of collaboration in reaching new audiences, and what distinguishes WXPN from other media outlets.
The Philadelphia Orchestra offered the first Philadelphia performances of two recently composed works by Richard Danielpour and Bright Sheng.
Asian Arts Initiative’s project to revitalize Pearl Street, an under-used alley behind its building in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North neighborhood, is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes will curate a multisensory exhibition based on the Library Company’s extraordinary collection of pre-Braille texts for the visually impaired.
An evening of theater, dance, and multimedia performances inspired by the Center-funded project Cliveden’s Living Kitchens.
Travis Preston is dean of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater and artistic director of the CalArts Center for New Performance.
Becky Birtha is a writer and a 1993 Pew Fellow.
The Morris Arboretum is home to more than 12,000 labeled plants of approximately 2,500 types, several historic buildings, and a collection of historic and contemporary sculpture.
Asian Arts Initiative hosts a talk featuring Rick Lowe, Emily Chow Bluck, and Aletheia Shin—the team behind the ongoing Center-funded Consumption: A Project on Pearl Street conceived by Rick Lowe.