Robert H. Browning, born in Singapore and educated in London, was the founding director of New York City’s World Music Institute, a position from which he retired in 2011. He came to New York in 1975 and co-founded the Alternative Center for International Arts (Alternative Museum) where he was director of music programs and special projects. He has produced and/or presented more than 1,800 concerts of traditional and contemporary music from around the world in New York over the 30-plus years. Browning also exhibited as a painter and kinetic artist and lectured at various art colleges from 1967–74. He was a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2010 and he and his wife Helene were subjects of the Center’s American Impresario project.
Mark Russell is the co-director of New York’s Under the Radar Festival, headquartered at the Public Theater.
Shawn McBride is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.
This month in Fellows Friday news: Alex Da Corte prepares for a major exhibition at ICA Philadelphia, and new albums from Orrin Evans, Mary Lattimore, and Chris Forsyth have generated buzz. We also say goodbye to jazz violinist John Blake, Jr.
Eckes’ poetry documents the voices and histories of urban life through narrative-driven, investigative, and experimental texts that draw from sources such as news archives, personal accounts, and corporate correspondence.
Bobby Zankel is a musician and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
This month’s Fellows news digest features Geoff Sobelle’s “charming and sobering” performance piece; the trailer for The Barefoot Artist, a new film about Lily Yeh, filmed by Glenn Holsten; and Marshall Allen interviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Robert Crowder (1930–2012) was the founder of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
Malavika Sarukkai, a leading Bharatanatyam dancer who challenges traditions of Indian classical dance, performed at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014.
In 2002 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.
Pew Fellow and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez leads a poetry workshop exploring the history of Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only intact stop on the Underground Railroad.
Edmunds, executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, is The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s first visiting scholar. Paula Marincola, the Center’s executive director, spoke with her about the opportunity.
2014 Pew Fellow and poet Thomas Devaney considers poetry an act of exploration. He answers our questions on collaboration, daydreaming, and more.