2016 Year in Review

Martha McDonald performs “Songs of Memory and Forgetting” as part of RAIR: Live at the Dump. Photo by Mike Persico.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s 2016 Year in Review highlights the ambitious programs and distinctive artistic voices that contributed to a generous year of cultural experiences.

In 2016, the Center awarded more than $10 million in grants to support 36 projects, 5 advancement grants, and 12 artists’ fellowships. Our grantees undertook a wide variety of projects: premiering a daring new opera, transporting audiences with cutting-edge virtual reality technology, and filling outdoor spaces—from a terrace at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to a recycling facility—with art. And more than 60 artists, curators, and cultural practitioners addressed the critical issues of artistic production in our ongoing Questions of Practice series.

Explore our 2016 Year in Review, and look ahead to 2017’s cultural offerings, here. >>



Grants & Grantees

The possibilities of presenting a contemporary artist’s work posthumously will be explored in this discovery project dedicated to Julius Eastman, an African American composer who was active internationally in the 1970s and 80s, but who died at 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings.

Grants & Grantees

Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has been presenting innovative works in the Philadelphia area since 1984, most recently showcasing the work of choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as John Jasperse and Urban Bush Women, and international artists Khmer Arts Ensemble and Compagnie Jant-Bi.

Performance artist Martha McDonald and visual artist Billy Dufala on how creating art at a recycling facility influences their understanding of impermanence.

Warriors of the Wonderful Sound presented this project as part of Montgomery County Community College’s Lively Arts Series, commissioning new works from saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Coleman.

Grants & Grantees

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

Grants & Grantees

Richard Torchia is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow, and the director of the Arcadia University Art Gallery.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Francine Prose is the author of many works of fiction, including Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award.

The Quay Brothers’ Through the Weeping Glass received media mentions from the New York Times and NPR’s All Things Considered.

Grants & Grantees

James Ijames’ (Pew Fellow, 2015) plays and devised works examine how class and gender intersect with race, drawing inspiration from historical texts, the media, and stories of his own family to deconstruct history and its established figures.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland, associate professor at Bryn Mawr College, is the founder and director of its dance program as well as the chair of the arts program.

While Jens Hoffmann was in Philadelphia to lecture at the Center in 2011, he made a few “studio” visits with local dance companies and described the experience to us.

Anthracite Fields, a hybrid choral work commissioned with Center support, has won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for musical composition.