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

Roddy Bogawa’s work is known for its investigation of history and culture via lyrical lo-fi means and innovative narrative structures.

Grants & Grantees

Bhob Rainey is a soprano saxophonist, composer, and a 2013 Pew Fellow whose interests lie in new realms of artistic possibility.

Five Pew Fellows have been awarded artist residencies in 2014, part of the ongoing partnership between The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and four North American artist residency programs.

Questions of Practice

Osby is an award-winning contemporary jazz musician, a 2012 Pew Fellow, and the recipient of such honors as a Doris Duke Composition Fellowship and the Chamber Music America Composers Award.

At its 2013 festival, FringeArts presented a new composition by New York-based ensemble So Percussion, an experimentation in combining musical composition with theatrical improvisation.

Grants & Grantees

Sheila M. Sofian is a filmmaker and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

A two-part concert program, with a live talk show hosted by Live from Lincoln Center’s Fred Child and an accompanying studio recording, will offer a renewed perspective on the artistic legacy of baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Strange Currencies, this forum of independent contemporary art groups and spaces from around the country will explore what it means to be (and stay) “alternative.”

Grants & Grantees

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, theater artists Thaddeus Phillips and Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dito Van Reigersberg, Dan Rothenberg, and Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, as well as choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace, all have works on stage at FringeArts. Master embroiderer Vera Nakonechny talks to the National Endowment for the Arts about the history behind her work, and novelist Ken Kalfus’ new book is released.

This exhibition, which will be the Eastern State Penitentiary’s first to focus on the current state of incarceration in America, will shed light on this critical contemporary subject.

Collaborators & Colleagues

A choreographer best known for her work in contemporary Cuban dance, Boan shared her work with the Philadelphia community from 2005–10.