Celebrating Ten Years of Grantmaking for a Vibrant Cultural Community

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage © 2015. Music: “New World in My View” by King Britt, courtesy of Ropeadope. Art direction: Random Embassy. Post production: Jesse Olanday.

This year marks The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s tenth year of grantmaking. The Center supports a broad spectrum of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists—from artist-driven and community-based organizations, to major civic institutions, to independent artists and curators.

Since 2005, when seven discipline-specific funding initiatives were brought together to form the Center, our Project grants have made possible thousands of performances, exhibitions, and cultural events and activities, while our Pew Fellowships have continued to support individual artists working in all disciplines. More recently, our multi-year Advancement grants have been introduced to support high-performing institutions undertaking bold, innovative organizational initiatives.

Over our first decade, the Center has been privileged to fund extraordinary work by our dynamic and talented community of practitioners. As we reflect on our history and set the stage for the future, we invite you to take a brief, retrospective journey with us through a lively video that looks back over this period.

Interspersed with these images, you’ll also encounter a group of ten words. They represent the Center staff’s collective articulation of the values we have striven to foster through our grantmaking and that we see so compellingly embodied in the work of our grantees: aspiration, connection, knowledge, vision, curiosity, pleasure, resourcefulness, sustainability, care, risk.

Please take a few moments to watch this video, which we hope you will enjoy, and join us in celebrating ten years of grantmaking for a vibrant cultural community.

Warm thanks to 2012 Pew Fellow Anthony Smyrski and his team at Random Embassy who created the video, and to 2007 Pew Fellow King Britt, who provided the soundtrack, courtesy of Ropeadope Records.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Emil Kang serves as executive director for the arts at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a post created in 2005 to help unify and elevate the performing arts at the university.

Grants & Grantees

Eleone Dance Theatre is a Philadelphia-based troupe dedicated to dance that celebrates intergenerational and multicultural themes.

Made up of over 100 local Quaker Meeting communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Maryland, the Arch Street Meeting House is a regional hub for the Quaker community.

In an essay excerpt accompanying a series of programs related to the performances of After the Rehearsal/Persona, theater editor and critic Tom Sellar describes Ivo van Hove’s affinity for complex characters, his commitment to text, and his ability to transcend traditional disciplines.

Curtis will design and implement a new curriculum that provides graduates with the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to forge effective careers within the rapidly changing classical music field, including coaching in how to produce, promote, and present their own music in innovative ways.

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.

Artist and organizer Daniel Tucker’s project culminates in a book release event and panel discussion held at the Slought Foundation.

Leeway Foundation Executive Director Denise Brown leads a conversation with performance artist, director, and Re- Place-ing Philadelphia leader Marty Pottenger.

Grants & Grantees

Fatu Gayflor (Pew Fellow, 2014) learned music, dance, and traditional arts at an early age in rural Liberia. She states that her goal is “to use singing and songwriting to build cooperation and community among Liberians.”

Composer Vijay Iyer on the musical lineage that influences his artistic practice.

Philadelphia Baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare received support for performances and modern-day premieres of mostly unpublished works by Johann Friedrich Fasch.