About

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

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) is a multidisciplinary grantmaker dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community and raising Greater Philadelphia’s visibility as a dynamic hub for a broad range of cultural experiences. We fulfill this mission by investing in ambitious, imaginative arts and heritage projects that showcase the city’s cultural vitality and enhance public life, and by engaging in an exchange of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad network of cultural practitioners.

Established in 2005, 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, multi-year awards to high-performing institutions undertaking bold, innovative organizational initiatives. (View a list of all grants here.)

Each year, Center funding makes possible numerous performing arts events, history and visual arts exhibitions, and other public programs for audiences in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. Since its inception, Center funding initiatives have awarded over $98 million for a total of 1,610 grants.

As a hub for the exchange of ideas and ongoing dialogue on issues critical to artistic production, interpretation, presentation, and reception, we present a lively range of activities that foster knowledge-sharing and connect our constituents with peers nationally and internationally. Our schedule of symposia and lectures, online essays and video interviews, and in-depth publications are informed by and integrally related to our work and experience as cultural grantmakers. (View essays and interviews here, and explore our network here.)

The Center is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. For more information, read Front & Center, a letter from Executive Director Paula Marincola, learn more about the Center’s grantmaking in our Center in Review, and find out how to apply for a grant.