Toshi Reagon has collaborated with top innovators across a wide spectrum of the entertainment field for nearly 30 years. Her musical work has been featured in film (The Secret Life of Bees) and television (PBS/WGBH’s Africans in America and HBO’s award-winning Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, among others), and she has scored dance works by LAVA and the Jane Comfort Dance Company. She joined Robert Wilson as co-composer, music director and musician for the play Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter. Currently, she is developing an opera based on the Octavia Butler novel Parable of the Sower and is touring with her band, BIGLovely. Her honors include a 2009 Out Music Award, the 2007 Black Lily Award for Outstanding Performance, and a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts award for music composition. She is the curator for The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Women’s Jazz Festival, and the founder of WordRock& Sword: A Festival Celebration of Women’s Lives. Reagon served as an LOI panelist in Performance in 2015.
Mytili Jagannathan is a poet and a 2002 Pew Fellow.
For over 25 years, Network for New Music has been dedicated to commissioning and performing music by living composers.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding director of Urban Bush Women, reflects on her artistic evolution and the importance of living on the “edge of failure.”
Rebecca Taichman is an Obie Award-winning theater director, whose work has been presented at theaters across the country, including American Repertory Theater, Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Old Globe, and ACT.
Ars Nova Workshop, a free jazz and experimental music presenter, has programmed nearly 500 events since 2000, often in atypical settings.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long is visiting professor of composition and director of Musica Nova at the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music.
On Monday, June 13, 2016, we announced and honored the 2016 grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with a celebration at Christ Church Neighborhood House.
thINKingDance writer Carolyn Merritt reported on Pasión y Arte’s highly successful First Philadelphia Flamenco Festival with Rosario Toledo.
In March 2005, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage invited choreographer and dance artist Wendy Rogers to lead a presentation and town hall discussion for dance makers and cultural practitioners.
A recreation of 18 rarely-performed cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed as originally intended: in an arc spanning the Christian church calendar and the seasons.
Composer David Ludwig’s works address pressing contemporary issues, be they “political, existential, or simply aesthetic,” he says.
The William Way LGBT Community Center presents OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will highlight intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.