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. >>



Poet Brian Teare discusses his path from musician to poet, his motivation for writing poetry that responds to the natural world, and more.

Grants & Grantees

Pasión y Arte is an all-female dance company that creates challenging and original modern flamenco works.

Grants & Grantees

Mick Moloney is a musician and folklorist, and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Grants & Grantees

Tristin Lowe is an installation artist and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Elaine Terranova is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

This creative “place-keeping” project will put Fleisher’s spaces and resources into the hands of Southeast Philadelphia community members, in an effort to make exhibitions more responsive to area residents and to preserve and promote the diverse cultural life of immigrant-rich neighborhoods.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director of early music ensemble TENET, is one of the leading voices in the field of early music.

The Eleone Dance Theatre acquired Dianne McIntyre’s Up the Road A-Piece and incorporated it into the company’s 2011–12 touring season.

Grants & Grantees

Built in Germantown from 1765–68, the Johnson House is a National Historic Landmark, documented as a site for Underground Railroad activities.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kemi Ilesanmi is executive director of New York’s The Laundromat Project, which brings art, artists, and arts programming into local coin-operated laundromats and other community spaces to amplify the creativity that already exists within communities.

Choreographer and Pew Fellow Merián Soto on legacy, her interest in the body and its relationship to consciousness, and more.

A web-based keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines, In Terms of Performance features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars.