Tania León, founding and artistic director of Composers Now, has served as guest conductor throughout Europe. In 2013 she was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 ASCAP Victor Herbert Award and in 2012 received both a Grammy nomination and a Latin Grammy nomination. Among her numerous awards are a Pulitzer Prize nomination for Ácana, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Fromm Music Foundation and Koussevitsky Foundation commissions. Awards for her compositions include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, NYSCA, the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fund, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer, among others. She was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York in 2006. She received “La Distinción de Honor de la Rosa Blanca” from the Patronato José Martí for her contribution to Cuban culture in the field of music in 2008. She was a Pew Fellowships panelist at the Center in 2010.
For 14 years Jenny Andrews served as botanical programs coordinator at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville. Most recently she was director of education for the Garden Conservancy.
Dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown is the founder of Brooklyn-based contemporary dance ensemble Evidence, A Dance Company.
In 1996 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 28 dance and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Poet and 2012 Pew Fellow Kevin Varrone (Pew Fellow, 2012) spent the past few years designing and building an app that traces the history of the Phillies, as well as his personal relationship with baseball.
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.
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.
Zeena Parkins is a pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance, has extended the language of the harp with unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing.
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University was established in 1974 and works to advance the full societal inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
We speak to filmmaker and Emmy-nominated director Ted Passon, whose work explores human relationships and how they shape our world.
Scott Rigby is a visual artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
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.
In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, CAConrad wins the Believer Poetry Award, Geoff Sobelle’s play The Object Lesson heads to Australia, and Opera Philadelphia presents Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain.