Montgomery County Community College

1/5: Ninety Miles. Photo by Jimmy Katz.
2/5: Poncho Sanchez and band. Image courtesy of Montgomery County Community College.
3/5: Omar Sosa. Photo by Massimo Mantovani.
4/5: Dobet Gnahoré. Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Community College.
5/5: Baaba Maal. Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Community College.

Over its 18-year history, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Lively Arts Series has engaged local and national artists to share their work with the college and surrounding Blue Bell community. In recent years, MCCC has explored the influence of African culture on new world music, with Center-supported projects such as Africa, the Call and Response and Then and Now: Jazz Cubano. The latter is a fall 2013 series of concerts and programs focusing on the Afro-Cuban influence in jazz, featuring Poncho Sanchez’s Cubano Be Cubano Bop, Ninety Miles, and the Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Experience. MCCC has emerged, along with Bryn Mawr College, as an important venue for performances that are not otherwise available for Philadelphia audiences.

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Grants & Grantees

In addition to company productions, Group Motion hosts regular improvisational movement workshops, which allow the public to employ dance as a language of expression.

The Legacy Center at Drexel will take materials from their vast collection—formerly accessible to researchers and scholars only—and make them available online to new audiences.

Grants & Grantees

In 2002 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

Master improviser, classical conductor, and 10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin is recognized for his extraordinary vocal range and technique.

Grants & Grantees

Eckes’ poetry documents the voices and histories of urban life through narrative-driven, investigative, and experimental texts that draw from sources such as news archives, personal accounts, and corporate correspondence.

Grants & Grantees

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”

Grants & Grantees

Lonnie Graham is a visual artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Seven Responses will travel to New York City for two performances at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Producer, writer, director, and founder of Blueberry Hill Productions, Laurie Kahn has a number of writing credits to her name for award-winning films and television series.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Rob Fields is the founder and editorial director of Bold As Love magazine, and in 2011, he launched the New Black Imagination Festival.

Gottschild conducted research for her book chronicling the life of African American ballerina Joan Myers Brown.

Data Garden co-founders Alex Tyson and Joe Patitucci answer our questions about co-composing music with plants.