Pew Fellowships in the Arts at 25

action is primary, Meg Foley, 2016. Photo by Tasha Doremus.

In 2017, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. Since 1992, the Fellowships program has invested annually in the Philadelphia region’s most talented artists working in all disciplines. Direct financial support through unrestricted grants affords our Fellows valuable time and substantial resources to focus on artistic exploration and professional development. The Fellowships is one of the longest, continually running programs offering substantial direct support to artists. Today, the program is among the most highly regarded of its kind in the country, and has become a model for other artist-centered philanthropic initiatives.

To celebrate this milestone, the Center has created a website and a short film highlighting a quarter-century of steadfast belief in the value and impact of artists. The website includes an oral history with Center executive director Paula Marincola and Fellowships director Melissa Franklin, an evolving digital exhibition of Fellows’ work, interviews with our Fellows, and more. In the short film, filmmakers, poets, designers, theater directors, composers, and more reflect on the program’s impact on their own lives and on the region’s community of artists.

Explore the anniversary page and watch the short film at pcah.us/PewFellows25Years.>>

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Collaborators & Colleagues

Christopher Mekal specializes in strategic planning and implementation, nonprofit organizational development, and financial management.

Grants & Grantees

Hipolito “Tito” Rubio is a musician and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Noted abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski is known for his richly colored and intimately scaled paintings.

Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.

Grants & Grantees

In 1995 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 23 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jamillah James is assistant curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Grants & Grantees

North American twins return to their Middle Eastern homeland as they uncover family secrets.

Grants & Grantees

In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 2002 by two composers, Chamber Music Now provided the Philadelphia community with original concert productions.

Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe visited the Center in fall 2011 to speak with Pew Fellows about using creative solutions to renovate old homes to revitalize a community.

Grants & Grantees

Neysa Grassi is a painter and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Pew Fellow and visual artist Benjamin Volta leads an artmaking workshop as part of Historic Germantown’s ongoing Center-funded project Elephants on the Avenue.