The Pew Charitable Trusts’ quarterly magazine, Trust, recently featured an article highlighting the Center’s efforts in fostering and stimulating Philadelphia’s cultural community.
In the article, “Art for All,” Tom Infield explores how the Center fulfills Pew’s long-standing commitment to arts and heritage in the region by supporting projects that reach a wide range of audiences.
“At every step,” Infield writes, “the Center for Arts & Heritage has sought to expand the audience for all types of art.” In 2014, the Center awarded over $9 million to 35 project grants, 12 new Pew Fellowships of $60,000 each, and two Advancement grants of $500,000 each. In recent years, the Center has funded the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s public art project, psychylustro, by Katharina Grosse; photographer Zoe Strauss’ mid-career retrospective, Ten Years, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Zoo360 animal trails system at the Philadelphia Zoo; and a multi-year audience research initiative at Opera Philadelphia, among others.
Michael Dahl, who directs the Philadelphia program for The Pew Charitable Trusts, says, “You need to reach out to the changing demographics of the city. You need to assure that, as the city changes, the arts scene changes as well. You don’t invest all of your eggs in one basket. Rather, you try to pursue excellence wherever you find it.”
Paula Marincola, the Center’s Executive Director, emphasizes that art “doesn’t flourish only in great civic institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art; it also can be found in venues as ordinary as a railroad right of way.” Read the full article here.
Fall begins with a lively schedule of Center-funded projects, including ambitious artistic collaborations, performance premieres, exhibition openings, and experimental installations.
In addition to his work as a solo performer, Jaamil Kosoko is co-director of anonymous bodies and the founder and executive producing director of the Philadiction Movement in Philadelphia.
Director and producer Melanie Joseph is the artistic producer and founder of the Foundry Theatre in New York City.
Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”
EgoPo Classic Theater transforms classic theater and literature into provocative performances, placing equal emphasis on text, vocals, and movement. Its
Pew Fellow and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher leads a poetry workshop and story circle in Historic Germantown.
Kinan Abou-afach is a cellist, composer, and classical Arab musician born in Damascus, Syria, who performs extensively with Philadelphia Arabic cultural organization Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.
The world premiere of composer Ludwig’s song cycle for soprano, presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, will channel the voice and inner life of an imagined medieval “anchoress,” bridging Renaissance and contemporary musical languages.
Supported by the Center, the country’s first-ever queer jazz festival will address intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz music, and will take place September 18–21, 2014.
PRISM Quartet will premiere new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey, Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, and Greek composer and conductor Stratis Minakakis, as part of Color Theory.
This multidisciplinary chamber opera for mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and string quartet will focus on the experience of childhood and feature a mechanical, electronic sound-generating sculpture that will grow from a small music box into a seven-foot tall object as the performance unfolds, creating a riveting visual and musical experience.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science is is a natural history museum dedicated to providing free public education in science.