Grants & Grantees
As a multidisciplinary grantmaker dedicated to fostering a vibrant community, the Center awards Project grants in Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, twelve annual Fellowships which provide unrestricted grants to individual artists working in all disciplines, and Advancement grants to support high-performing institutions undertaking bold, innovative organizational initiatives.
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Lovers (for Philadelphia)
Composer and guitarist Nels Cline curates a concert experience inspired by Philadelphia’s rich musical history and Cline’s acclaimed concept recording, Lovers, performed by a specially assembled jazz orchestra.
Farm for the City: Growing for Greater Good
A temporary “farm-as-art installation” transforms center city Philadelphia’s Thomas Paine Plaza into a civic commons for conversations about urban agriculture, food access, and community revitalization.
Advancement Grant: Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania
New approaches to exhibition design, public programming, and communications enrich visitors’ understanding of human history through the museum’s collection of more than one million objects.
Newly commissioned work by visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock examines the representation of race in material culture, inspired by toy dolls from the artist’s own collection and from Philadelphia’s African American Doll Museum.
Wilmer Wilson IV
Working across mediums, including performance, sculpture, collage, video, photography, and installation, Wilson explores the nature and social value of ephemera and bodily presence in public spaces.
The Women's Mobile Museum with Zanele Muholi
South African photographer Zanele Muholi creates a mobile exhibition space and engages with 10 Philadelphia women in telling their own stories through self-portraits and portraits of women in the participants’ lives.
Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer
A concert of new klezmer compositions, written and performed by three generations of women, brings contemporary meaning to a traditional, Eastern European, Jewish folk music form.
(ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence
Six temporary public artworks across Philadelphia, created by a multidisciplinary group of Asian American artists, reflect on the city’s diverse narratives and changing neighborhoods.
Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
In its Philadelphia premiere, Taylor Mac’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated performance work journeys through 240 years of US history and popular songs, staged in two 12-hour installments.
Digging Deeper: Field Studies Made Possible by the Waste Stream
What can waste tell us about contemporary urban life? This question guides a cohort of social scientists as they dig into a recycling facility and consider “waste as artifact.”
Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha
The collaborative work of Mathur and da Cunha imagines new possibilities for design of the built environment and explores the lines separating land and water, and urban and rural environments.