Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen (Graywolf Press, 2014), Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf Press, 2004) and Nothing in Nature is Private (Cleveland Poetry Center, 1995), which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. She has edited numerous anthologies including American Women Poets in the Twenty-First Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) and American Poets in the Twenty-First Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2007). Her plays include Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre and Existing Conditions, co-authored with Casey Llewellyn. She has also produced a number of videos in collaboration with John Lucas, including “Situation One.” Rankine joined the English department at USC Dornsife in 2015, and was previously the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College. She served as a Center panelist in Pew Fellowships in 2012.
Artist and community activist Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, a neighborhood-based nonprofit arts and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward.
For the past four years, Meg Foley has been inserting unexpected performance into ordinary life with her 3:15 dance project, in which she creates a dance, wherever she is, at exactly 3:15 p.m.
Albright’s work in film spans documentary, installation, poetic animation, and short- and long-form narrative. One of his works-in-progress is Ceramic Flowers, a modern mash-up of The Odyssey and Ulysses, set in Las Vegas.
Tobin Rothlein is a dance artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
Warriors of the Wonderful Sound commissioned and premiered a composition from Muhal Richard Abrams, co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
The Library Company of Philadelphia hosts an opening reception for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind.
An urban performing arts center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg Center presents touring theater, jazz, and world music.
Basekamp examined the emergence of plural artistic environments that exist outside of the commercial or institutional mainstream.
Visual artist Ken Lum is a professor in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.
Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes hosts a discussion about her artistic and curatorial process, in conjunction with the exhibition Common Touch.
A conversation with Pew Fellow Jumatatu Poe, Donte Beacham, and LaKendrick Davis on the underground dance style of J-Sette and how Poe drew on its legacy for Private Places, a new Center-funded work.
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.