“I am a media activist. The ambition I have for my work is to inform and spark movement. I want folks to get up and do something about the wrongs that are happening in the world, the nation, and in their communities.”
Tina Morton (b. 1956) left a career as an X-ray technician to pursue documentary filmmaking after she researched the tale of Corrine Sykes, the first African-American woman to be legally executed in Philadelphia. With an established interest in oral history and film, Morton discussed Sykes’ tale with her senior patients and discovered discrepancies between their stories and the documented history of the execution. She eventually completed a film about Sykes in 1997, Severed Souls, and she since continued to develop her role as a “video oral historian,” documenting narratives of community life and speaking to her African-American heritage. Morton’s film Belly of the Basin, a documentary on Hurricane Katrina, focuses on marginalized groups affected by the disaster: people from the Ninth Ward, the Black Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans and the Native American Houma Tribe. Belly of the Basin won best documentary at the 2008 Black Hollywood Film Festival and has received praise for its authentic representation of the community’s voice. “Many people feel comfortable sharing their stories with someone whose purpose is centered with mutual respect in allowing them to tell their story their own way,” Morton says. She is currently a professor in Howard University’s department of radio, television, and film.
Pew Fellow Afaa Michael Weaver has received the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a $100,000 award given annually by Claremont Graduate University.
Makihara’s performance work blends percussion with dance-like body movement, exercising a rigorous, systematic, and practiced process of experimentation and repetition.
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.
Francis Davis is a writer and jazz critic, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
In this month’s Pew Fellows news, Justin Cronin’s book The City of Mirrors debuts at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list, J.C. Todd wins the Rita Dove Poetry Prize, and we introduce 12 new Pew Fellows.
Susan Franano offers services through Franano Arts Management Consulting following nine years as executive director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Gerald Cyrus, Jr. is a visual artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.
Nicole Cousineau (Pew Fellow, 2007) makes multimedia dance theater based in strong, rigorous movement investigation.
This week, we speak to musician and composer Chris Forsyth, whose career remains devoted to his roots in rock music, while questioning and expanding upon them.
Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.
In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Yane Calovski is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.