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.

Watch the anniversary film at pcah.us/PewFellows25Years.>>

View the full video credits>>

Join the anniversary celebration on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #PewFellows25Years.


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.

Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.

Grants & Grantees

Jay Kirk is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Boomershine has presented his work at Movement Research and Danspace Project, and he arranges and develops workshops and creative/educational residencies for and with Lucinda Childs.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news, President Obama nominates Pepón Osorio to the National Council on the Arts, Columbus State University announces plans to open the Bo Bartlett Center, and Jenny Sabin creates an installation for the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe visited the Center in fall 2011 to speak with Pew Fellows about using creative solutions to renovate old homes to revitalize a community.

Grants & Grantees

Marc Brodzik (Pew Fellow, 2009) is a visual artist and documentary filmmaker interested in filming portraits of the common man.

Grants & Grantees

In 2001 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Valerie Cassel Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She has organized numerous exhibitions that have earned national and international acclaim.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Bob Perelman is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Saxophonist and Pew Fellow Matthew Levy on what motivates his multi-faceted practice as a musician, composer, and commissioner/producer of new music, his daily art-making routine, and more.

Questions of Practice

Poet and 2011 Pew Fellow CAConrad is well known for poetry collections such as A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon and The Book of Frank. His latest book is ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness.