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.


Grants & Grantees

Charles Burns is a graphic novelist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Barbara Bullock is a painter and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lee Rainie is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, a nonprofit, non-partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the Internet.

Mural Arts Philadelphia presents a large-scale performance inspired by the late Iraqi broadcaster Bahjat Abdulwahed—dubbed the “Walter Cronkite of Baghdad.”

Grants & Grantees

Dorothy Wilkie’s (Pew Fellow, 2007) choreography involves the re-staging and re-choreographing of traditional West African and Afro-Cuban dances.

Grants & Grantees

Choreographer Nichole Canuso and her ensemble will engage in an interdisciplinary discovery process with an oral historian, a writer, and a vocal teacher to develop new performance techniques that integrate movement, voice, and personal history.

This exhibition will survey a generation of pioneering female artists in relation to the technology innovators who helped shape the information age.

Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company takes Shakespeare’s tale of mistaken identity off-Broadway.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Matthew Higgs is director and chief curator of White Columns, an alternative art space in New York.

The Pursuit: 50 Years in the Fight for LGBT Rights, a new documentary by Emmy award-winning director and producer Ilana Trachtman, will premiere June 23 at 9 p.m. on WHYY-TV.

Hip-hop dancer and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier talks about how performing on the street differs from performing on stage.

Grants & Grantees

The world premiere of a new chamber opera by composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, inspired by the 1996 film by Danish auteur Lars von Trier, tells the harrowing tale of a naive newlywed who has chosen to marry outside of her strict Calvinist community in coastal Scotland.