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Dear friends of the Center,

At The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, our commitment to making Philadelphia a widely recognized hub for dynamic cultural experiences is embodied in our multi-disciplinary grantmaking and our knowledge-sharing activities.

In 2017, we awarded more than $10.3 million to Philadelphia area organizations and individual practitioners, encompassing 39 Project grants; 2 Advancement grants; and 12 Pew Fellowships for individual artists and artist teams. I invite you to learn more about these talented artists and dynamic organizations on our 2017 Grants & Grantees page, and to visit our Events page to see what’s on the horizon.

You will find that our website not only provides a view into the region’s most compelling and innovative cultural activities, but also offers an ongoing dialogue on issues relevant to contemporary practice and interpretation through our Questions of Practice research series.

We engage with leading cultural practitioners and artists from around the world, publishing a wide range of interviews and commissioned essays, such as: our inquiries into evolving approaches to audience engagement; in-depth publications such as A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78 (2015) and In Terms of Performance (2016); and our video series with artists and cultural leaders such as Kristy Edmunds of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, members of the urban design and performance group Cohabitation Strategies, choreographers Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Faustin Linyekula, and recent artistic collaborators Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio.

The Center has been privileged to fund work by an extraordinary constituency of practitioners—from major civic institutions, to independent artists and curators, to artist-driven and community-based organizations—for over a decade.

You can take a brief, retrospective journey with us through a lively video that looks back over the Center’s first ten years here. >>

I encourage you to further explore to experience all that the Center and our vibrant cultural community have to offer.

Paula Marincola
Executive Director

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