2015 Year in Review

1/10: Chopin Without Piano, produced by Centrala, Warsaw, conceived and written by Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka, directed by Michał Zadara. Chopin performed by Barbara Wysocka. Photo by Natalia Kabanow. Courtesy of Swarthmore College.
2/10: Yolanda Wisher, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
3/10: Barbara Kasten, Construct 32, 1986, 40 x 30 inches, Cibachrome. Photo courtesy of the artist.
4/10: After the Rehearsal/Persona by Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Photo © Jan Versweyveld.
5/10: Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble in concert with The Crossing choir and soloist Dalal Abu Amneh, 2015. Photo by Chip Colson.
6/10: Installation view of Temple Contemporary’s reFORM, in collaboration with Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of Temple Contemporary.
7/10: Jumatatu Poe, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
8/10: Opera Philadelphia presents Verdi’s La Traviata. Photo by Kelly & Massa.
9/10: Bob and Roberta Smith, Art Makes People Powerful (2013). Fabric with applique and embroidery. Courtesy of the artist and Pierogi Gallery.
10/10: Lucinda Childs’ Available Light in performance at the Drexel University Armory as part of the 2015 FringeArts Fringe Festival. Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou. Courtesy of FringeArts.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s 2015 Year in Review highlights the outstanding accomplishments of our grantees, and the broad scope of the Center’s funding.

In 2015, we marked the Center’s tenth year of grantmaking and awarded over $9.6 million through 49 grants, supporting more than 330 performances, exhibitions, and events across the Philadelphia region. We also engaged with leading cultural practitioners and artists from around the world—publishing 70 interviews and essays on issues critical to cultural practice.

We invite you to explore a snapshot of 2015, and preview what’s to come in the New Year, here>>.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre, an ensemble-based company in Portland, Oregon that explores the intersection of theater with democracy.

Grants & Grantees

From its beginning in 1815 as the nation’s first major urban water supply system to its role today as an environmental education and outreach center, the Fund for the Water Works has been an innovator in clean water and environmental health.

Grants & Grantees

J. Louise Makary (Pew Fellow, 2013) approaches film as a platform to explore, critique, and dissect narratives and their uses.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news, Justin Cronin’s book The City of Mirrors debuts at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list, J.C. Todd wins the Rita Dove Poetry Prize, and we introduce 12 new Pew Fellows.

Grants & Grantees

Historic Germantown is a collaborative of 15 historic houses, museums, and landscapes in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The sites have worked together for decades, gradually building their collective capacity in both infrastructure and interpretation.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jennifer S.B. Calienes is an independent consultant and senior advisor for the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University, where she served as founding director (2004–14).

Grants & Grantees

This large-scale performance piece revealed unique insights into Fryderyk Chopin as both a historical figure and a masterful composer, as the piano parts for two concerti were replaced with powerful spoken monologues constructed from fragments of Chopin’s letters and biographies, performed in Polish by actress Barbara Wysocka and accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Grants & Grantees

First Person Arts offers bi-monthly story slams, classes, and an annual festival dedicated to transforming real life into documentary art.

Filmmaker and Pew Fellow David Scott Kessler on creating environmentally-conscious art, turning limitations into creative assets, and more.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news, four Fellows receive nominations for the 2016 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, Sarah McEneaney’s latest gallery show is profiled in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Sharon Hayes opens a new exhibition at The Common Guild in Scotland.

What do we do when we do not know all the facts? When we present history, we inevitably fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived. Historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker and 1994 Pew Fellow Louis Massiah, and playwright Ain Gordon will lead a panel discussion about how historians and artists handle this predicament.

Grants & Grantees

Judith E. Stein is a writer, curator, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.