Jay Kirk

2005 Pew Fellow

Dancer, choreographer, and 2013 Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes hip-hop techniques from the street to the stage and tells the autobiographical story defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.

Grants & Grantees

“I see my work as representation of the first generation to grow up entirely under the umbrella of a ‘read-write’ culture,” 2010 Pew Fellow Kara Crombie states.

Grants & Grantees

Uri Caine is an award-winning composer and pianist, and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, theater artists Thaddeus Phillips and Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dito Van Reigersberg, Dan Rothenberg, and Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, as well as choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace, all have works on stage at FringeArts. Master embroiderer Vera Nakonechny talks to the National Endowment for the Arts about the history behind her work, and novelist Ken Kalfus’ new book is released.

Dancer, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.

A number of projects from grantees and Pew Fellows have garnered extensive national and regional press coverage in recent weeks.

Grants & Grantees

Temple Contemporary commissioned 2006 Pew Fellow and MacArthur Fellow Pepón Osorio to create a new installation that responds to recent closings of Philadelphia public schools.

Originally created with Center support for the 2012 FringeArts Festival, Georgia Tech Arts now presents Thaddeus Phillips’ Red-Eye to Havre de Grace at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

The Curtis Institute of Music mounted this fully staged production, presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia and Kimmel Center Presents.

Vocalist, composer, and recording artist Tokay Tomah on starting her artistic career in Liberia, using music as a vehicle for building peace, and more.

Since receiving his Pew Fellowship in 2012, Varrone has developed Box Score: An Autobiography, an app for iPad and iPhone that features work from his book Eephus, a collection of prose poems about baseball.

Grants & Grantees

Ted Passon (Pew Fellow, 2014) is a filmmaker whose work explores human relationships and how they shape our world.