Sarah Lutman

Sarah Lutman has worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the past 35 years, starting as a professional bassoonist. Since then she has been an arts manager at small nonprofits in the Bay Area, a foundation executive director and program officer, senior vice president for content and media at a major public media organization, and president and managing director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Lutman co-founded and edited the leading publication in the arts and cultural grantmaking field nationally, the Grantmakers in the Arts Reader. Currently she is an independent consultant and entrepreneur. Lutman served as a Center management panelist in 2011 and she visited the Center in early 2013 to consult with music professionals from the Philadelphia area on their current and upcoming projects.


Originally commissioned by Mendelssohn Club, for world premiere performances in Philadelphia in April 2014, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Wolfe’s new work as part of the upcoming NY Phil Biennial.

Composer Vijay Iyer and librettist Mike Ladd on how improvisation functions within their creative process.

Grants & Grantees

In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Choreographer Nichole Canuso and her ensemble will engage in an interdisciplinary discovery process with an oral historian, a writer, and a vocal teacher to develop new performance techniques that integrate movement, voice, and personal history.

Grants & Grantees

Poet and 2013 Pew Fellow Emily Abendroth’s poetry encourages readers to discover difficult truths woven into social, cultural, and physical realities.


A new album-length composition by composer Jace Clayton informed by the artworks of The Barnes Foundation and Albert Barnes’ extensive record collection.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, photographer Emmet Gowin shows his work at the Morgan Library and Museum, and jazz pianist Matt Mitchell and choreographer Susan Rethorst are awarded Doris Duke Impact Awards. Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma will pay tribute to the late Ornette Coleman, and visual performance artist Kate Watson-Wallace gives an interview on the evolution of her practice.

Grants & Grantees

Supporting, documenting and presenting Philadelphia area folk arts, the Philadelphia Folklore Project is committed to sustaining community cultural knowledge.

Historical musicologist David Gutkin explores various forms of musical notation and the variable re-performances they can encourage.

Grants & Grantees

Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre created a core leadership team of artists to direct the nEW Festival after Melanie Stewart stepped down as sole executive director.

A series of performances, lectures, and workshops that investigate the concept of “musical color,” including a performance with Grammy-award winning ensemble Partch.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since 1994, Hamza Walker has served as director of education/associate curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art.