Celebrating the 2015 Grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Guests watch the Center’s 10th anniversary video presentation, created by Anthony Smyrski, 2012 Pew Fellow, of Random Embassy, with music by King Britt, 2007 Pew Fellow. Photo by Susan Beard.

On Monday, June 15, 2015, we announced and honored the 2015 grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with a celebration at the Curtis Institute of Music. Over 120 members of the region’s leading arts and cultural organizations, artists, Center grantees, civic leaders, and key supporters of the local cultural sector gathered to celebrate the 12 new Pew Fellows, 34 Project grantees, and 3 Advancement grantees.

Browse our Storify recap of the festive evening below, visit our Facebook page for a photo album from the event, and stay up to date on social media with the hashtag #PewArtsGrants.

We look forward to sharing more as the lively work of our grantees unfolds over the coming months.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Karina Muñiz is currently the political director of Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women based in California.

Theater magazine editor Tom Sellar talked with legendary avant-garde performer Kate Valk on the exciting challenges presented by the Wooster Group’s 2011–12 theater season.

Gordon’s play was inspired by a small, multi-racial collective of women in Philadelphia who took action against social wrongs in the early 1800s.

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The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art through bold and ambitious design choices.

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An original composition by jazz pianist Jason Moran was developed in conjunction with the exhibition Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt.

The experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will be illuminated in this multimedia work created by MacArthur Fellow and jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and poet/librettist Mike Ladd, in combination with a publication of local veterans’ writings produced through a partnership with the veteran-focused arts organization Warrior Writers.

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The Arden Theatre Company embarked upon a two-year study of the work of Anton Chekhov, resulting in a new translation of Three Sisters, the first Chekhov play to be produced at the Arden.

This month in Fellows Friday news: Jamaaladeen Tacuma has been named as a 2014 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow in residence, the 2013 Pew Fellow poets read at San Francisco State University, and much more.

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Network for New Music produced the album Now Again for Albany Records, featuring compositions by Bernard Rands.

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society serves the Greater Philadelphia region and the field of music by presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music and recital programs performed by exceptional international and Philadelphia-based artists at affordable prices.

Through the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center presents #PHILLYSAVESEARTH by performance artist and theater director Marty Pottenger.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Argeo Ascani is Curator for Music at EMPAC, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. In 2015, he served as a Pew Fellowships panelist.