The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center), established in 2005, is dedicated to stimulating a vibrant cultural community in the greater Philadelphia region. The Center makes project grants in two areas, Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, as well as awarding grants to individual artists through our Pew Fellowships. The Center also makes Advancement grants, substantial awards to high-performing organizations seeking to make lasting improvements to their programming, audience engagement, and financial health. Each year, Center funding makes possible numerous performing arts events, as well as history and visual arts exhibitions and other public programs for audiences in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. The Center is also a hub for research and knowledge-sharing on issues critical to cultural practice.

Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Photo by JJ Tiziou.

In 2014, the Center made 35 project grants in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation and Performance, awarded 12 Pew Fellowships to individual artists, and funded our first two Advancement grants, for a total of over $9.3 million. Since 1989, the Center has awarded over $98 million to fund a total of 1,609 grants. Click here for more information about the Center’s 2014 grants.

Some recent exceptional funded projects include a major exhibition and new commission of work from Nigerian-born, U.K. artist Yinka Shonibare at the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia debut of electrifying Sevillan flamenco artist Israel Galván at Pasión y Arte’s 2014 Flamenco Festival, and The Wilma Theater’s world premiere of Paula Vogel’s latest play Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq. Projects on the horizon include; psychylustro, acclaimed artist Katharina Grosse’s new commission for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Temple Contemporary’s exploration of neighborhood preservation and redevelopment, Funeral for a Home. These are only two among many other outstanding projects that will inspire, educate, and engage area audiences.

For more facts and figures and other information about the Center’s grantmaking, please visit our Center in Review page.

Israel Galván of Nuevo Flamenco: The Galván Legacy, the centerpiece of Pasión y Arte’s 2014 Flamenco Festival, performing La Curva. Photo by Luca Fiaccavento.

Beyond its work as a unique and exemplary grantmaker in the arts, the Center is also a hub for the discussion and exchange of ideas concerning artistic expression, cultural interpretation, and audience engagement. We organize and present a lively range of activities that builds programmatic and management capacity among constituents and connects them to their peers nationally and internationally. Highlights of Center-organized events include symposia, lectures, reading groups, master classes, and workshops; recent visitors have included Lucinda Childs, Paula Vogel, Paul Schimmel, Jennifer Monson, and Helen Molesworth, among others.

The Center also commissions and publishes scholarship and research on issues that grow directly out of our experience funding cultural practice: a talk between theater artist Thaddeus Phillips and Catie Rosemurgy on how history inspires their art-making; choreographers Bill T. Jones and Susan Rethorst in conversation about dance, art, and life; and the Center’s project on co-authorship, Push Me, Pull You, are just a few examples. Click here to browse through our archive of articles and research, and click here to peruse a few of the ideas and issues that are uppermost in our minds and the minds of our grantees.

Love Letter by Steve Powers, produced by Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Photo by Adam Wallacavage.

All activities of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and its constituent programs advance these objectives:

The Center is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Click on our links to the right to hear from our Executive Director, Paula Marincola, and to learn more about the Center, our history, and the types of grants we make in the Philadelphia region.