Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

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The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
Established 2005
Executive Director Paula Marincola
Staff 18[1]
Location Philadelphia, PA
Address 1608 Walnut Street, 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is a nonprofit grantmaking organization and knowledge-sharing hub for arts and culture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, established in 2005. The Center receives funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts and makes project grants in two areas, Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, as well as awarding grants to individual artists through Pew Fellowships. The Center also makes Advancement grants, substantial awards to high-performing organizations seeking to make lasting improvements to their programming, audience engagement, and financial health. Its current mission is to "support artists and organizations whose work is distinguished by excellence, imagination, and courage." In 2008, Paula Marincola was named the first executive director.

History and timeline[edit]

In 2005, The Pew Charitable Trusts brought seven programs—in dance, visual arts and exhibitions, heritage, cultural management, music, theater, and individual artist fellowships—together under one roof, as The Philadelphia Center for Arts & Heritage.[2] The Center received its current name in 2008. These programs have since merged to form a single entity that awards grants throughout Greater Philadelphia. In 2013 the Center merged its Project Grant programs to create two new funding categories: Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation. Since 1989, the Center has awarded over $126 million to artists and arts organizations in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, which includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Each year, the Center also makes Advancement Grants.[3][4]

The historical timeline for the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is as follows:

  • 1989: Philadelphia Music Project
  • 1991: Pew Fellowships in the Arts
  • 1993: Dance Advance
  • 1995: Philadelphia Theatre Initiative
  • 1997: Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative
  • 1998: Heritage Philadelphia Program
  • 2001: Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative
  • 2005: Programs brought together as the Philadelphia Center for Arts & Heritage
  • 2008: Center renamed The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
  • 2013: Center moves from seven to three funding areas: Performance, Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, and Pew Fellowships[5]

Recently funded projects[edit]

In 2015 the Center awarded 49 grants totaling more than $9.6 million, ranging from $60,000 to $500,000.[6][7][8][9][10][11] Examples of recently funded projects include:[12]

Project grants for events, exhibitions and performances[edit]

Visual art projects, including the commission of a performance and an exhibition by Israeli filmmaker and installation artist Yael Bartana at the Philadelphia Museum of Art;[13] Temple Contemporary's commission of a project by artist Trenton Doyle Hancock;[14] independent curator Kayla Romberger's publishers-in-residence program at Ulises bookshop;[15] and a new augmented reality program by The Franklin Institute.[16]

World and Philadelphia premiere performances, such as Orchestra 2001's performance of Frank Zappa's composition "The Yellow Shark";[17] Ars Nova Workshop's concert with composer and guitarist Nels Cline (member of the Grammy Award-winning band Wilco);[18] Jumatatu Poe's new work exploring the dance style J-Sette;[19] and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' production of Taylor Mac's Pulitzer Prize-nominated "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music."[20]

Projects that bring to light stories of communities, immigrants, and cultural traditions, including Bryn Mawr College's presentation of installation and performance works, sharing the narratives of Syrian citizens and refugees, by Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury;[21] Philadelphia Photo Arts Center's mobile exhibition space created by South African photographer Zanele Muholi with 10 Philadelphia women;[22] and Philadelphia Folklore Project's concert of new klezmer compositions, written and performed by three generations of women klezmer artists.[23]

Pew Fellowships[edit]

Pew Fellowships is a funding program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, established by the Pew Charitable Trusts in 1991, which offers direct support to individual Philadelphia-area artists across disciplines, annually awarding up to 12 unrestricted grants of $75,000.[24] The Pew Fellowships provide artists with an economic freedom that presents the opportunity to focus on their individual practices over a considerable period of time—to explore, to experiment, and to develop their work. The program aims to elevate the quality and raise the profile of individual artistic work in Philadelphia's five-county region, to create a strong community of Pew Fellows, and to help them achieve their artistic and career goals by connecting them to additional resources in the field.[25]

Pew Fellowships are by nomination only, and selections are made through a two-tier peer review process. Applications are first reviewed by discipline-specific panels, which select finalists to be reviewed by a final interdisciplinary panel. Panelists are artists and arts and culture professionals from outside of the Philadelphia area; chosen for their expertise, they serve for one year.[26] See a full history of Pew Fellowships recipients.

Advancement grants[edit]

Advancement grants are awarded to high-performing cultural organizations in the five-county Philadelphia region, and are intended to support organizations seeking to make lasting improvements to their programming, audience engagement, and financial health.[27]

In December 2013, the Center awarded its first Advancement grant to Opera Philadelphia, for a multi-year project that helped the organization undertake audience research to further enhance the impact of its programs, as well as bring opera to a variety of audiences in unconventional places and unexpected ways.[28]

In 2014, the Center awarded an Advancement grant to the Philadelphia Zoo, for the next phase of its innovative trail system, which will add to an ever-changing and enriching experience for animals and audiences alike. (2014) [28]

In 2015, the Center awarded Advancement grants to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS), Curtis Institute of Music,[29] and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA).[29][30]

In 2016, the Center awarded an Advancement grant to The Franklin Institute.[31]

In 2017, the Center awarded Advancement grants to Penn Museum[32] and Settlement Music School.[33]

As hub for knowledge-sharing[edit]

Beyond its work as a cultural grantmaker in Philadelphia, the Center has established itself as a hub for knowledge-sharing beyond the region, working in the areas of artistic expression and cultural interpretation. To engage in an international arts dialogue, the Center develops and hosts a range of activities, which concern artistic production, interpretation, and presentation. Activities include lectures, symposia, and workshops, and commissioned scholarship to explore critical issues in the fields served by the Center. The Center's website houses a series of online essays and interviews, along with information about Center-funded events and grantees.[3]

A multidisciplinary group of cultural practitioners, scholars, and consultants from around the world have contributed to the Center's ongoing knowledge-sharing activities, including Jérôme Bel,[34] Romeo Castellucci,[35] Tacita Dean,[36] Anna Deavere Smith,[37] Thelma Golden,[38] Anna Halprin,[39] Barkley L. Hendricks,[39] Bill T. Jones,[40] Miranda July,[41] Tony Kushner,[42] Claudia La Rocco,[43] Ralph Lemon,[44] Paul Schimmel,[45] and many more.[46]

Director, playwright, and actor Ain Gordon served as the Center's inaugural Visiting Artist from 2011–13.[47]

Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director, Center for the Art of Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, served as the Center's first Visiting Scholar.[48]

Publications and research[edit]

Center publications include Pigeons on the Grass Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field[49] and Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, print anthologies edited by Center staff;[50] and What Makes a Great Exhibition?, an essay anthology that examines various components of exhibition-making, edited by Paula Marincola.[51] The Center's danceworkbook series offers web-based publications that explore the choreographic process.[52] In February 2015, the Center launched the fourth iteration of the series, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78.[53][54] The multimedia web publication is a reexamination of the early dances of one of America's most influential contemporary choreographers, Lucinda Childs. It features Childs' extensive archives, scores, photos, videos, newly released essays, and a series of restagings performed in Philadelphia. In January 2017, the Center produced In Terms of Performance [55] in collaboration with the Arts Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. The online keywords anthology features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in interdisciplinary cultural practice.[56]

List of Pew Fellows (1992-2015)[edit]


Pew Fellows by Year
Year Pew Fellows
1992 Hodari Banks, Steven Beyer, Sandra Brownlee, Syd Carpenter, Peter D'Agostino, Tina Davidson, Kent De Spain, Hellmut Gottschild, Steve Krieckhaus, Stacy Levy, Winifred Lutz, Odean Pope, LaVaughn Robinson (deceased), Annabeth Rosen, Judith Schaechter, Lily Yeh
1993 Nathalie Anderson, Bo Bartlett, Stephen Berg (deceased), Becky Birtha, Charles Burnette, Lisa Coffman, Linh Dinh, W. D. Ehrhart, Rafael Ferrer, Bruce Graham (deceased), Essex Hemphill (deceased), Iain Low, Sarah McEneaney, Christian Michel, Honour Molloy Kane, Sonia Sanchez
1994 Charlotte Blake Alston, Charles Burns, Francis Davis, Ap. Gorny, Emmet Gowin, Louis J. Massiah, Kate Moran, Eileen Neff, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Michael O'Reilly, Alice Schell, Carol Shloss, Judith E. Stein, Margie Strosser, Richard Torchia, Glen Weldon
1995 Christopher Bursk, Donald Camp, Lorene Cary, Chin Woon Ping, Thomas Dan, Mark Goodwin, Neysa Grassi, Hilary Harp, Major Jackson, Tristin Lowe, Virgil Marti, Stuart Netsky, Molly Russakoff, Susan Stewart, Denyse Thomasos, Isaiah Zagar
1996 Kariamu Welsh Asante, Yvonne Bobrowicz, Dave Burrell, Joseph Cashore, Rennie Harris, Jan Krzywicki, Bruce Metcalf, Todd Noe, James Primosch, Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk-Sikoun, Rudolf Staffel (deceased), Bobby Zankel
1997 Robert Asman, Barbara Bullock, Paul Fierlinger, Thomas Gibbons, Richard Harrod, Glenn Holsten, Alex Kanevsky, Peter Rose, Steve Rowland, Sheila M. Sofian, William Williams, Marian X
1998 Phoebe Adams, Steven Donegan, Daisy Fried, Michael Grothusen, Jahmae Harris, Mei-ling Hom, Homer Jackson, Shravin Shripad Mukherjee, James Mills, Karen E. Outen, Ron Silliman, Jeanne Murray Walker, Afaa Michael Weaver
1999 Carol Antrom, David Ellsworth, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Hurwitz, Teresa Jaynes, Kevin Kautenburger, Nicholas Kripal, Robert Maggio, Mogauwane Mahloele, Rebecca Medel, Milind Shripad Mukherjee, Benjamin Schachter, Eric Schoefer
2000 Frito Bastien, Pablo Batista, Frank Bramblett, Emily Brown, Terrence Cameron, Sheryl Robin David, Peache Jarman, Babette Martino, Mick Moloney, Alice Oh, Elaine Hoffman Watts, Kimmika L. H. Williams
2001 Tanya Maria Barrientos, Yane Calovski, Justin Cronin, Vincent David Feldman, William Larson, Enid Mark, Gabriel Martinez, Maria Teresa Rodriguez, Laurence Salzmann, William Smith, Ron Tarver, Ranvijay Patwardhan, Shanti Thakur
2002 Muhsana Ali; A collaborative team of Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, Dan Rothenberg, and Dito van Reigersberg (Pig Iron Theatre Company); Candy Depew, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Lonnie Graham, Mytili Jagannathan, Swadhin Nevaskar, Teresa Leo, Whit MacLaughlin, Caden Manson, Trapeta B. Mayson, Thaddeus McWhinnie Phillips, Mark Shetabi
2003 Kim Arrow, Tyrone Brown, Uri Caine, Andrea Cooper, Linda Cordell, Jim Hinz, Roko Kawai, Michael Olszewski, Toby Twining, Kukuli Velarde, Anna Weesner, Jan Yager
2004 Robert Crowder, Francis Di Fronzo, Mufulu Kingambo Gilonda, Tanya E. Hamilton, Sarvam Nevaskar, Hipolito "Tito" Rubio, Rebecca Rutstein, Losang Samten, Wu Peter Tang, Jackie Tileston, Nicholas Wardigo, Rebecca Westcott, Justin Witte
2005 Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, Astrid Bowlby, Pablo Colapinto, Gerald Cyrus, Jr., Cheryl Hess, M. Ho, Beth Kephart, Jay Kirk, Shawn McBride, Filmon Mebrahtu, Joshua Mosley, Zoe Strauss
2006 David Brick, Andrew Simonet, and Amy Smith (Headlong Dance Theater), Nava Etshalom, Nadia Hironaka, Jena Osman, Pepon Osorio, Bob Perelman, Scott Rigby, Tobin Rothlein, Robert Smythe, Geoffrey Sobelle, Lamont Steptoe, Elaine Terranova
2007 Charles O. Anderson, King Britt, Nicole Cousineau, Fritz Dietel, Ed Bing Lee, Gerald Levinson, Adelaide Paul, Peter Paulsen, Jamey Robinson, Kate Watson-Wallace, Dorothy Wilkie, Julie York
2008 Charles Burwell, J. Rufus Caleb, Matthew Cox, Russell Davis, Katharine Clark Gray, Nana Korantemaa, Felix "Pupi" Legarreta, Vera Nakonechny, Venissa Santí, Anne Seidman, Edgar J. Shockley III, Mauro Zamora
2009 Marc Brodzik,[58] Anthony Campuzano, Sarah Gamble, Daniel Heyman, Ken Kalfus, Jennifer Levonian, Robert Matthews, Frances McElroy, Ben Peterson, Marco Roth, Ryan Trecartin, Nami Yamamoto
2010 William Daley, Max Apple, Melanie Bilenker, John Blake Jr., Kara Crombie, Orrin Evans, Germaine Ingram, Hanna Khoury,[59] Tina Morton, Jenny Sabin, James Sugg, Charles "Chuck" Treece[60]
2011 Charles Cohen, CAConrad, Jorge Cousineau, Joy Feasley, Chris Forsyth, Jane Irish, Tania Isaac, Pattie McCarthy, Brian Phillips, Tim Portlock, Matthew Suib, Jamaaladeen Tacuma
2012 Deron Albright, Marshall Allen, Daniel Blacksberg, Alex Da Corte, Margaret Foley, Matthew Mitchell, Dan Murphy and Anthony Smyrski of Megawords, Greg Osby, Jumatatu Poe, Catie Rosemurgy, Kevin Varrone, Lori Waselchuk
2013 Emily Abendroth, Kinan Abou-Afach, Hafez Javier Kotain, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, J. Louise Makary, Toshi Makihara, Jenn McCreary, Karen M'Closkey & Keith VanDerSys, Bhob Rainey, Frank Sherlock, Paul Swenbeck, Raphael Xavier
2014 Laynie Browne, Thomas Devaney, Michael Djupstrom, Fatu Gayflor, Leroy Johnson, Mary Lattimore, Travis Macdonald, Ted Passon, Susan Rethorst, Matt Saunders, J.C. Todd, Brent Wahl
2015 Micah Danges, James Ijames, David Scott Kessler, Susan Lankin-Watts, Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Lauren Mabry, Chris Madak, Merián Soto, Rea Tajiri, Brian Teare, Benjamin Volta, Yolanda Wisher[61]
2016 Andrea Clearfield, Christopher Colucci, Ryan Eckes, Sharon Hayes, Lela Aisha Jones, Mark Kendall, Jennifer Kidwell, Matthew Levy, Tiona McClodden, Jymie Merritt, Heidi Saman, Tokay Tomah
2017 Camae Ayewa & Rasheedah Phillips, Julia Bloch, Nichole Canuso, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, M. Nzadi Keita, Michael Kuetemeyer & Anula Shetty, Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha, Moon Molson, Tayarisha Poe, David Felix Sutcliffe, Annie Wilson, and Wilmer Wilson IV

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