Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

1/4: Installation view of the Better Philadelphia exhibition, 1947. Photo by Ezra Stoller, published in Architectural Forum, reprinted as Philadelphia Plans Again, courtesy of The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.
2/4: African American site coalition focus group. Photo courtesy of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.
3/4: The John Coltrane House in West Philadelphia.
4/4: Heritage site leaders in New York City on an educational field trip to visit the Weeksville Heritage Center and the Louis Armstrong House to explore respective best practices in interpretation, programming and marketing. Philadelphia-based museum consultants Talbott & Remer, LLC were retained to assist the group discussion. Photo courtesy of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a membership-based, nonprofit organization that promotes the protection, importance, and appropriate use of historic buildings and urban landscapes in the region. Through advocacy, planning efforts, and community programming, the Preservation Alliance looks after and restores Philadelphia’s historic built environment, with programs that support homeowners and community leaders. With Center support in 2012, the Preservation Alliance worked with the owners of the vacant John Coltrane House in North Philadelphia to plan a program strategy for the jazz great’s former home. In 2016, the Preservation Alliance received Center support to plan a contemporary restaging of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s 1947 Better Philadelphia Exhibition—a pivotal historic project that helped define the city’s urban redevelopment.


Grants & Grantees

The granddaughter of a Cuban composer, Venissa Santí (Pew Fellow, 2008) moved to Philadelphia when she was 17 and became a trained vocalist with classical- and jazz-based technique.

Located in Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Philadelphia and the region and is the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia, and the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.

Grants & Grantees

Headlong Dance Theater worked with a team of advisors to assess its options following the recent departure of one of its three founding directors.

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.

“What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” Five temporary public artworks, created by artists Ai Weiwei, Zoe Strauss, Kara Crombie, Kaitlin Pomerantz, and Alexander Rosenberg, and on-site “laboratories” for public feedback will consider this question and notions of monumentality within the civic sphere.

Grants & Grantees

Hayes blends various mediums—including video, performance, installation, and photography—to probe the complex intersections of history, politics, gender, and speech within private and public spaces.

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts’ fundraising campaign for its Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts project.

WPCA cultivates interest and support for the arts in West Philadelphia by increasing the visibility of the community’s cultural resources.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi Gallery’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents “The Videofreex Pirate TV” and a Q&A with Skip Blumberg and Nancy Cain, the third program in the “Schmart World” series.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Benjamin Filene is associate professor and director of public history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and co-editor of Letting Go? Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jenny-Sayre Ramberg is the Director of Planning and Design, Exhibits/Design, at the National Aquarium, Baltimore. In 2015, she served as a panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.

These catalogues provide insights from a variety of artists and scholars and delve into the projects’ artistic and community engagement processes.