Announcing the 25th Anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts

Elephant Room, Geoff Sobelle. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Today, we launch a four-month celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. A program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Fellowships has invested annually in the Philadelphia region’s most talented artists working in all disciplines, and provided direct support to 323 artists to-date.

To celebrate a quarter-century of steadfast belief in the value and impact of artists, we’ve created a lively website that provides a glimpse into the region’s distinctive creative output, through new Pew Fellows interviews, an evolving Instagram exhibition of Fellow’s work, a history of the program, and more. We invite you to join the celebration at the link below, and revisit the site for weekly updates. In March, the Center will release a short film exploring the profound impact of the Fellowships on the creative lives of the region’s artists. In the meantime, you can view video trailers on the anniversary page, and follow @PewCenterArts on Instagram so you don’t miss a moment of our anniversary celebration.

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Grants & Grantees

Merián Soto continued to develop the Branch Dance Series, a deeply meditative, multimedia performative process that became the basis for her piece in the 2009 FringeArts Festival.

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Originally trained as a muralist, 2011 Pew Fellow Tim Portlock began experimenting with digital media platforms in the late ’90s.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the Pew Fellowships in the Arts will be raised to $75,000 for each Fellow in the 2015 grant cycle.

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Flatland 2010 was Jumatatu Poe’s first evening-length work. The final piece incorporated structured audience feedback that Poe received after two work-in-progress showings.

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In 2006 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

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In 1998 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 52 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Pew Fellow and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez leads a poetry workshop exploring the history of Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only intact stop on the Underground Railroad.

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Rafael Ferrer is a visual artist and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

Originally created with Center support for the 2012 FringeArts Festival, Georgia Tech Arts now presents Thaddeus Phillips’ Red-Eye to Havre de Grace at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

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In 1992 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 visual arts, dance, and music artists in the greater Philadelphia region, including Odean Pope and Judith Schaechter.

Mayor Michael Nutter hails Sherlock, Philadelphia’s second-ever poet laureate, as one of the city’s “most talented homegrown artists.”

The Library Company of Philadelphia hosts an opening reception for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind.