“Art-making leads to art-making. I learned to write by writing.”
J.C. Todd’s (b. 1943) poems investigate the impact of war, with an insistent eye and ear on language. Her current project, War Zone, explores containments and outbursts of resistance, with sonnets that “complicate and contemporize the tradition of war poems.” Todd’s writing seeks out the tender moments that exist in contrast to devastation. “If language bears the trace of war, how can that be revealed and perhaps shaken loose?” she asks. Todd received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in 1990, and she has since taught at universities and in the Writers-in-the-Schools Program. Her works include What Space This Body (Wind Publications, 2008) as well as two chapbooks: Nightshade and Entering Pisces (Pine Press, 1995 and 1985, respectively). She’s received fellowships and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, and the Latvian Cultural Capital Fund. Other honors include an International Artist Exchange Award from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a scholarship to the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators.
Born in Venezuela, Kotain works with various Philadelphia-area nonprofit cultural organizations to teach others about his Arab and Latin musical traditions.
Dancer, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.
Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.
Sojin Kim is a curator and special assistant to the director at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Mayor Michael Nutter hails Sherlock, Philadelphia’s second-ever poet laureate, as one of the city’s “most talented homegrown artists.”
In 1997 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Lance Fung has worked as an independent curator since 2005, realizing innovative projects in China, Finland, Italy, and the United States.
Brian Teare’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) poetry is concerned with embodiment—both our human bodies and the natural environment around us.
We talk to Sherlock, a 2013 Pew Fellow and Philadelphia’s newly designated poet laureate, about his dream collaboration with Yoko Ono and what made him want to become a poet.
Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates established a new curatorial residency program that looks to the future of mural-making.
Glenn Holsten is a filmmaker and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
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.