Celebrating Ten Years of Grantmaking for a Vibrant Cultural Community

Celebrating Ten Years of Grantmaking for a Vibrant Cultural Community

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage © 2015. Music: “New World in My View” by King Britt, courtesy of Ropeadope. Art direction: Random Embassy. Post production: Jesse Olanday.

2015 marked The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage's tenth year of grantmaking. The Center supports a broad spectrum of the Philadelphia region's cultural organizations and artists—from artist-driven and community-based organizations, to major civic institutions, to independent artists and curators.

Since 2005, when seven discipline-specific funding initiatives were brought together to form the Center, our Project grants have made possible thousands of performances, exhibitions, and cultural events and activities, while our Pew Fellowships have continued to support individual artists working in all disciplines. More recently, our multi-year Advancement grants have been introduced to support high-performing institutions undertaking bold, innovative organizational initiatives.

Over our first decade, the Center has been privileged to fund extraordinary work by our dynamic and talented community of practitioners. As we reflect on our history and set the stage for the future, we invite you to take a brief, retrospective journey with us through a lively video that looks back over this period.

Interspersed with these images, you'll also encounter a group of ten words. They represent the Center staff's collective articulation of the values we have striven to foster through our grantmaking and that we see so compellingly embodied in the work of our grantees: aspiration, connection, knowledge, vision, curiosity, pleasure, resourcefulness, sustainability, care, risk.

Please take a few moments to watch this video, which we hope you will enjoy, and join us in celebrating ten years of grantmaking for a vibrant cultural community.

Warm thanks to 2012 Pew Fellow Anthony Smyrski and his team at Random Embassy who created the video, and to 2007 Pew Fellow King Britt, who provided the soundtrack, courtesy of Ropeadope Records.