“While my work doesn’t always follow a traditional narrative structure, I want my audience to leave with a story.”
Ted Passon (b. 1981) is a filmmaker whose work explores human relationships and how they shape our world. “[My] goal is to make evident the ways we internalize our oppressive environments and normalize entrenched faulty beliefs,” he says. “I mean to reveal how complicated political turbulence foments, explodes, and unravels into complex dissension.” His experimental documentary, Joined by Divisions, investigates deeply entrenched schisms between African-American and Caucasian working-class communities. Passon has exhibited his short works at the Oberhausen Film Festival; the New York Underground Film Festival; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia; and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is a founding member of the Small Change Experimental Film Screening, a curated monthly series of independent and experimental cinema, and a member of Philadelphia artist collective Space 1026.
The Library Company of Philadelphia hosts an opening reception for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind.
In 1998 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 52 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Playwright and Pew Fellow James Ijames talks about how history influences his work, the importance of failure, and more.
Bhob Rainey is a soprano saxophonist, composer, and a 2013 Pew Fellow whose interests lie in new realms of artistic possibility.
Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.
Tracie Morris is a poet, performer, and scholar and an associate professor of humanities and media studies at Pratt Institute.
Deborah Schwartz is president of the Brooklyn Historical Society, a nationally renowned urban history center founded in 1863. Most recently, she served as an LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation in 2014 and 2015.
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.
In 2003 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 63 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Daniel Tucker is an artist, writer, and organizer who develops documentaries, publications, and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge.
Shanti Thakur is a media artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.
Susan Lankin-Watts talks about her family’s rich musical legacy, the importance of her audience’s support, and more.