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.

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Grants & Grantees

Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX unites distinguished choreographers with a company of world-class dancers to “forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace.”

A series of community dance workshops will be held as part of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s Center-funded project Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits.

In 2010, the Center hosted Václav Havel, the late renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, for an interview at The Wilma Theater, prior to the American premiere of Leaving, his first play in 20 years.

Grants & Grantees

A series of ten concerts featured eight Philadelphia premieres and two world premieres.

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will devise a plan to enhance organizational decision-making with regards to the restoration, decommissioning, or replacing of works from its collection of over 3,600 murals.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.

Collaborators & Colleagues

José Luis Bustamante is the former artistic director of Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 2002 by two composers, Chamber Music Now provided the Philadelphia community with original concert productions.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Susie Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist, and humanitarian.

This free event includes film excerpts of Romeo Castellucci’s theater works, and a discussion with scholar and critic Tom Sellar about Castellucci’s approach.

In the fall of 2011, Pig Iron Theatre Company embarked on a new chapter in its history as an experimental theater collaborative, launching the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.

Grants & Grantees

This multidisciplinary chamber opera for mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and string quartet will focus on the experience of childhood and feature a mechanical, electronic sound-generating sculpture that will grow from a small music box into a seven-foot tall object as the performance unfolds, creating a riveting visual and musical experience.