The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center), established in 2005, is dedicated to stimulating a vibrant cultural community in the five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania region. The Center makes grants in seven areas—dance, visual art exhibitions, heritage, cultural management, music, theater, and individual artist’s fellowships—supporting area artists and organizations whose work is distinguished by excellence, imagination, and courage. Each year, these grants make possible several hundred performing arts events, as well as history and visual arts exhibitions and other public programs for audiences in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. Beyond its work as a unique and exemplary grantmaker in the arts, the Center is also a hub for the discussion and exchange of ideas concerning artistic expression, cultural interpretation, and audience engagement, organizing and presenting a lively host of activities that aim to build programmatic and management capacity among constituents. Highlights of Center professional development events include trips, symposia, lectures, reading groups, master classes, and workshops. The Center also commissions and publishes scholarship and research on issues that grow directly out of our experience funding cultural practice.
All activities of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and its constituent programs advance these objectives:
• Identify, attract, develop, and support visionary leaders, ideas, and cultural practices across a range of ages and disciplines
• Foster the engagement of a broad range of audiences with high quality, meaningful cultural experiences
• Ensure Philadelphia’s most talented cultural leaders are connected to national and international dialogues about advancing cultural practice
• Capture, analyze, document, and share information on adventurous and imaginative practices