Jeff Tancil

Jeff Tancil is a Brooklyn-based web designer and developer with over 12 years experience in creating interactive media. The former director of web development at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Tancil now runs TancilTown Media, a small interactive consultancy that specializes in creating attractive, content-rich websites for nonprofits, small businesses and cultural organizations. His clients have included the Museum of Modern Art, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Baby Buggy, Children’s Center for Technology, Columbia University, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Synergos Institute. Tancil served as a Center heritage panelist in 2012 and a management panelist in 2010.


The artistic leadership of Pig Iron’s School for Advanced Performance Training developed evaluation methods and procedures to assess the school’s effectiveness in preparing alumni for professional careers.

Scribe Video Center will explore the history and impact of the Great Migration (1916–30) on Philadelphia, when blacks fled the South for economic opportunities in the Northern states, giving rise to new African-American neighborhoods.

This project investigated various issues surrounding (co-)authorship in cultural production, asking questions around definitions of authorship, collaboration, audience participation, the influence of marketplace, and other concepts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Randy Mason is the chair of historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the executive director of PennPraxis.

Conductor Donald Nally and violinist Hanna Khoury on how tradition influences their approach to bringing together a classical Arab chamber ensemble and a Western choir in performance.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project will undergo a major organizational restructuring and launch the Folklore Congress, an annual event that serves over 300 members of the folk arts community.

The Preservation Alliance promotes the importance and appropriate use of historic buildings and landscapes in the Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Steve Zeitlin is the founding director of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City’s—and America’s—living cultural heritage.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire from the Baroque period through the 21st century.

Grants & Grantees

An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”

This Center-funded project, which will celebrate the life of a single Philadelphia-area row home before it’s razed in May, is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A number of Center grantee and colleagues presented at the 2015 Creative Time Summit.