Painted Bride Art Center

1/5: Faustin Linyekula’s Philly Files. Photo by Jen Cleary.
2/5: Rehearsal for Reggie Wilson’s Stamped Stomped Stumped. Photo by Maureen Wellner.
3/5: Ain Gordon and Nadine Patterson at the historical marker for the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society on 5th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia. Photo by P. Sumpter.
4/5: The Painted Bride Art Center’s theater space was transformed into a Quaker meeting house for If She Stood. Photo by P. Sumpter.
5/5: The Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra.

As a presenting arts organization, the Painted Bride offers a wide range of work—from the cutting edge to that which is simply new to Philadelphia—in music, dance, spoken word, and theater. Located in Old City in a building that glitters with one of Isaiah Zagar’s mirrored mosaics, the Bride’s Center-supported work includes Bill T. Jones’ Body Against Body, which revisited and showcased the groundbreaking choreography of Jones and his late collaborator and partner, Arnie Zane; Skins & Songs, which featured new collaborative compositions from the Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra and Philip Hamilton’s Voices, an a cappella and vocal percussion group; a commission of a new play, If She Stood, from three-time Obie Award-winning writer, director, and actor Ain Gordon; and the 20-month Re-Place-ing Philadelphia project, which used art as a lens for viewing the city and its history.


Jaye Allison collaborated with the 2nd Generation Silver Belles tap group to create a new work honoring the five original Silver Belles.

The Community Education Center produced the 25th New Edge Artists Service Program and Performance Series, connecting emerging and established artists with resources to rehearse and showcase their work.

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

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 2008, Tiny Dynamite presents theater works by contemporary British and Philadelphia playwrights in both traditional and unconventional settings.

The Philadelphia Zoo will expand its innovative and field-leading trails system, allowing large primates and other mammals to travel outside their habitats and interact more freely with each other.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Scott Magelssen is associate professor of theater at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches theater history and performance studies, and is the editor of The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

Grants & Grantees

In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum is committed to supporting local composers and developing new markets for their music.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jeffery N. Bullock is chair of the dance department at Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and director of the graduate degree program in association with American Dance Festival.

The new FringeArts space on Columbus Boulevard opened last week with Elephant Room, the premiere of which was funded by the Center in 2011.

Grants & Grantees

Tyrone Brown is a musician and a 2003 Pew Fellow.