“For me, personally, the most important aspect of poetry is simply the spaces it creates for surprise, self-discovery, and significant critical reflection.”
Emily Abendroth’s (b. 1975) poetry encourages readers to discover difficult truths woven into social, cultural, and physical realities. “I identify with the choices of artists who employ volatile and complex forms in order to deal with volatile and complex subject matter,” Abendroth says. In addition to completing a new full-length manuscript, made up of a single, serial poem—]EXCLOSURES[, published in 2014 by Ahsahta Press—she has spent the past half-dozen years writing about imprisonment and regimes of control. She is the co-editor of Instead of Prisons…, an anthology of writings by incarcerated individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region, , forthcoming from Thread Makes Blanket press. Abendroth holds an MA in poetry from Temple University and in 2012, she was named a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow. Her works are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by micropresses such as Albion Press (Philadelphia) and Zumbar Press (San Francisco).
Craig Barton is a professor of architecture and urban design and director of the Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
The Invisible City project consists of extensive oral history research, conducted with artists, critics, and curators active in the city’s little-known avant-garde visual arts community of the 1960s and 1970s.
Brian Phillips (Pew Fellow, 2011) is founding principal of Interface Studio Architects, based in the South Kensington area of Philadelphia.
Raphael Xavier (Pew Fellow, 2013) has practiced “breaking,” an acrobatic street dance style commonly known as breakdancing, since 1983.
In 2006 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance, the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s partnership with United States Artists (USA) allows Pew Fellows to participate in USA’s unique online fundraising platform to raise money and awareness about upcoming projects.
2014 Pew Fellow and poet Thomas Devaney considers poetry an act of exploration. He answers our questions on collaboration, daydreaming, and more.
Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel receives an Eisenhower Fellowship, The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Fatu Gayflor, Kinan Abou-afach premieres a new composition for Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.
Syd Carpenter is a sculptor and a 1992 Pew Fellow.
In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The Performing Arts at Swarthmore College serve as educational and artistic laboratories, combining a rigorous liberal arts education with practical explorations of performance.