A “Game Changer,” a “Turning Point:” New Short Film Highlights Pew Fellowships’ Impact on Region’s Artists

Alex Da Corte, Blue Moon, 2017, standard digital video (video still). Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Center is pleased to announce the release of a short film celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. In the five-minute video, available on our dedicated anniversary website, filmmakers, poets, designers, theater directors, composers, and more reflect on the program’s impact on their own lives and on the region’s community of artists.

A “game changer, and “a turning point” are phrases used by Pew Fellows Tiona McClodden and Dan Rothenberg to describe the momentum sparked by receiving a Pew Fellowship. Visual artist Sarah McEneaney remarks on how the Fellowship’s support bought her the time she needed to create, while poet Jena Osman notes how the Fellowship “allows you to dream, to follow your curiosity in any direction it might take you.” For all of our 323 Pew Fellows, the program’s direct financial support through unrestricted grants has afforded valuable time and substantial resources to focus on artistic exploration.

The short film also features Center executive director Paula Marincola and Fellowships director Melissa Franklin, who discuss what makes the Pew Fellowships unique among artist support programs, and describe the longstanding commitment to individual artists that is a bedrock of the Center’s grantmaking work. Also included is Marian Godfrey, former senior director of cultural initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts, who describes the impetus for launching the program 25 years ago.

We extend our gratitude to our collaborators and to all the Fellows who shared their stories and work with us for this film, and to Dave Tavani and Jill Wolfe for their video production and editing work.

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Equilateral, a novel by Pew Fellow Ken Kalfus, was chosen by The Daily Beast as its 2013 Novel of the Year.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jeff Tancil is a Brooklyn-based web designer and developer with over 12 years experience in creating interactive media.

Grants & Grantees

Fritz Dietel’s (Pew Fellow, 2007) inspiration comes from observation of botanic and aquatic natural forms. His pieces, quite labor-intensive, are mainly constructed from strips and shards of band-sawed wood.

Grants & Grantees

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.

Grants & Grantees

Mufulu Kingambo Gilonda is a dance artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.

Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia’s Clay Studio is a center for local, national, and international ceramic arts communities.

Meg Foley presents an exhibition of improvisational research and performance documenting up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15pm.

Grants & Grantees

In 1995 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 23 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Questions of Practice

A workshop and small grant opportunity, No Idea Is Too Ridiculous allows Center constituents to explore creativity and risk-taking.

Grants & Grantees

In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Questions of Practice

In 2017, the Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, with a lively website and short film highlighting a quarter-century of steadfast belief in the value and impact of artists.