Celebrating the 2016 Grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Frazierita Klasen, Vice President of The Philadelphia Program, The Pew Charitable Trusts. Photo by Dave Tavani.

On Monday, June 13, 2016, we announced and honored the 2016 grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with a celebration at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Over 140 members of the region’s cultural sector gathered to toast 12 new Pew Fellows, 36 Projects grantees, and 5 Advancement grantees.

See what the community and the press had to say about the announcement by browsing our Storify event recap below, viewing our photo album on the Center’s Facebook page, and staying in touch on social media with the hashtag #PewArtsGrants.

We look forward to sharing more as these grantees contribute to Philadelphia’s vibrant arts and culture community over the coming months.



Asian Arts Initiative hosts a talk featuring Rick Lowe, Emily Chow Bluck, and Aletheia Shin—the team behind the ongoing Center-funded Consumption: A Project on Pearl Street conceived by Rick Lowe.

Grants & Grantees

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is a poet, critic, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

The new FringeArts space on Columbus Boulevard opened last week with Elephant Room, the premiere of which was funded by the Center in 2011.

Grants & Grantees

Susan Rethorst (Pew Fellow, 2014) is an internationally renowned choreographer and teacher of choreography.

Grants & Grantees

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

This month, Afaa Michael Weaver is awarded the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Joshua Mosley’s work appears at the Whitney Biennial, King Britt curates at MoMA PS1, and much more.

To acquaint Philadelphia dancers with Trisha Brown’s explorations, a series of free classes and workshops will be offered at area Universities and art spaces.

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.

Questions of Practice

We speak to postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin about her introduction to dance, various turning points in her artistic career, and the importance of creating dance that responds to pressing social and political issues.

Grants & Grantees

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Randi Korn is the founding director of Randi Korn & Associates, which she started in 1989 after working in a variety of museums including art, history, science, and natural history, and holding positions such as executive director, exhibit designer, interpretive planner, and evaluator.

Grants & Grantees

Lamont B. Steptoe is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.