Trapeta B. Mayson

2002 Pew Fellow

Trapeta Mayson. Photo by ArtChick Photograph.

Trapeta B. Mayson is a poet, educator, and, since 2014, executive director of Historic Germantown, a partnership organization serving 16 historic houses, destinations, and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia’s historical assets. Mayson is the recipient of a 2014 Art and Change Grant and a 2007 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation. Her chapbook, She Was Once Herself, was released in 2012. Her work has been published in The American Poetry Review; Aesthetica Creative Works Annual Review; and MARGIE, The American Journal of Poetry, among others. A licensed clinical social worker, Mayson is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and Villanova University School of Business.


September 2015 Pew Fellows news highlights: The New York Times features exhibitions from Alex da Corte and Pepón Osorio in its “New Season” picks; Fellows such as Anthony Campuzano and Gabriel Martinez open new installations, and more.

A series of pilot projects will evaluate which interpretive stories, themes, and methods most successfully engage today’s audiences with the Arch Street Meeting House—a National Historic Landmark and Philadelphia’s first burial ground—and will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about Quaker history.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Bob Perelman is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University presents theater artists Suli Holum and David Bradley’s play A Fierce Kind of Love at Ursinus College.

Grants & Grantees

Brian Teare’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) poetry is concerned with embodiment—both our human bodies and the natural environment around us.

A Fierce Kind of Love, a new play about the fight for disability rights, will be part of a series of public programs meant to generate public discussion beyond the disability community.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents a day-long public forum exploring stories of displacement.

Composer, improviser, and media artist Mike Bullock will join forces with Swedish composers and conceptual artists Leif Elggren, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and Kent Tankred, and Philadelphia musicians such as Ian Fraser and Bhob Rainey, for a program of electronic music, performance, and installations, expanding Philadelphia’s connection to the international experimental music scene.

Grants & Grantees

Gerald Levinson (Pew Fellow, 2007) has been increasingly recognized as one of the major composers of his generation.

Grants & Grantees

Lorene Cary is a writer and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Choreographer and Pew Fellow Merián Soto on legacy, her interest in the body and its relationship to consciousness, and more.

Grants & Grantees

Beth Kephart is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.