Frances McElroy

2009 Pew Fellow

Frances McElroy, 2009 Pew Fellow. Directed by Glenn Holsten.

“I’m inspired by my subjects, which is why I want to make something about them.”

Frances McElroy (b. 1946) creates elegantly crafted documentaries that delve deeply into personal stories. Her work is particularly inspired by the accounts of individuals who have been transformed by unexpected forces. She is the founder and executive director of Shirley Road Productions, whose mission is to create educational and cultural programs that are innovative in content, point of view, and production. She has produced and directed a wide range of award-winning documentaries, as well as educational and cultural videos for various nonprofit organizations. McElroy’s work has been screened at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; 7th Constellation Change Screen Dance Festival, London; the Latin American Film Festival, Silver Spring, MD; Duke University, Durham, NC; and the Melbourne Latino Film Festival, Australia, among others. She received her B.A. from Rosemont College, Bryn Mawr, PA.

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On Monday, June 16, 2014, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage honored its 2014 grantees. Browse our slide show for exclusive photos from this celebratory event.

A 2012 Pew Fellow and Leeway Transformation Award winner, Waselchuk is interviewing and photographing Philadelphia block captains for Them That Do, a project which reveals the individual and shared histories of the city’s diverse citizenry.

Grants & Grantees

Two of India’s preeminent artists, Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna and bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind, will fuse classical South Indian music and dance in a world premiere that is the culmination of a two-year artistic collaboration, and is inspired by themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia’s history.

Mayor Michael Nutter hails Sherlock, Philadelphia’s second-ever poet laureate, as one of the city’s “most talented homegrown artists.”

Grants & Grantees

Jay Kirk is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

In 2001 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

David Ellsworth is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society will research and develop new business models that respond to shifting trends in audience behaviors.

Located in Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Philadelphia and the region and is the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia, and the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Erin Bernard is a curator, community artist, public historian, and the creator of the Philadelphia Public History Truck.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Marnie Burke de Guzman has more than 20 years of experience in strategic branding, marketing, design, program and content development, and community relations for cultural organizations.