“In my work I depict a first generation immigrant experience that resembles a fluid confluence of cultural backgrounds, one that is never contemplated or categorized in either/or terms.”
Heidi Saman (b. 1979) is a filmmaker influenced by Italian neo-realism’s emphasis on working-class protagonists, whose own work examines cultural identity, family, class, and daily life among Arab Americans. “The immigrant experience in cinema is often illustrated in terms of binaries: insider/outsider, homeland/foreign land, native/alien. As the daughter of Arab immigrants, I never experienced the push or pull these binaries presented. My experience just was,” she says. Her feature-length Namour premiered at the 2016 L.A. Film Festival, where it was listed among the “films you absolutely cannot miss” by Los Angeles Magazine. The film, set in L.A. during the economic recession of the late 2000s, centers on a young Egyptian American valet driver who struggles to balance his lifestyle with the demands of his middle-class immigrant family. Saman was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces to Watch in 2014.” Her short film The Maid premiered as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and went on to screen at festivals worldwide. A recipient of a Leeway Transformation Award for Creating Art for Social Change, Saman holds an MA in film and media arts from Temple University.
Kariamu Welsh is a dancer and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Demetrius Oliver: Canicular, the Center-funded exhibition at the Print Center, has received media attention from the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, ArtDaily, WHYY’s Newsworks, and more.
In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
A program of Philadelphia University, The Design Center presents exhibitions, tours, programs, college courses, and special events that demonstrate how design shapes everyday life.
The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy manages the largest and oldest public art program in the country, while The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia seeks to improve quality of life for all Philadelphians by facilitating collaborations between the city’s public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Avital Ronell is the author of numerous substantial works and one of the major forces in contemporary literary criticism and philosophy.
On Monday, June 15, 2015, we announced and honored the 2015 grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with a celebration at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Orrin Evans (Pew Fellow, 2010) never stops thinking about the traditions and evolution of jazz music, as well as renewing jazz’s legacy in the African-American community.
Jaamil Kosoko created and rehearsed An Expectation of Violence, a dance that delved into the intricacies of personal and public violenc
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.
Scribe Video Center is a place where individuals and communities learn media-making, exploring video as both an artistic medium and as a tool for progressive social change.
One of Philadelphia’s smartest and scrappiest small, no-profit art spaces, Marginal Utility is known for forging long-term commitments with artists.