Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

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The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
Executive DirectorPaula Marincola
Address1608 Walnut Street, 18th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is a nonprofit grantmaking organization and knowledge-sharing hub for arts and culture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US established in 2005. In 2008, Paula Marincola was named the first executive director. 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. In 2021, the Center announced the introduction of Re:imagining Recovery grants to assist in COVID-19 recovery.

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 $153 million to artists and arts organizations in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, which includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.[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]
  • 2021: Center introduces Re:imagining Recovery grants to assist in COVID-19 recovery.[6]

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.[7] Beginning in 2019, the Pew Fellows-in-Residence program awards fellowships to two artists.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] See a full history of Pew Fellowships recipients.

Advancement grants[edit]

Advancement grants were 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.[11] Advancement grants were awarded from 2014 to 2017.

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,[12] 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,[13] Romeo Castellucci,[14] Tacita Dean,[15] Anna Deavere Smith,[16] Thelma Golden,[17] Anna Halprin,[18] Barkley L. Hendricks,[18] Bill T. Jones,[19] Miranda July,[20] Tony Kushner,[21] Claudia La Rocco,[22] Ralph Lemon,[23] Paul Schimmel,[24] David Lang (composer),[25] Boris Charmatz,[26] Ann Hamilton (artist),[27] and many more.[28]

Director, playwright, and actor Ain Gordon served as the Center's inaugural Visiting Artist from 2011–13, returning for an additional term in 2018–2019.[29]

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.[30] Dr. Suse Anderson, Museum Studies professor at George Washington University, current president at Museum Computer Network, and host of the Best of the Web Awards-winning podcast Museopunks, served as the Center's first Visiting Technologist in 2018-19.

Publications and research[edit]

Center publications include Pigeons on the Grass Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field,[31] The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory,[32] and What Makes a Great Exhibition?, an essay anthology that examines various components of exhibition-making, edited by Paula Marincola.[33]

In 2011, the Center published Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World,[34] an anthology of thought pieces and case studies related to shared historical authority in museums and public humanities projects. The anthology explores subfields such as oral history and digital humanities to interrogate the changing nature of expertise in the museum field, and considers co-curation as a method for encouraging public engagement.

The Center's danceworkbook series offers web-based publications that explore the choreographic process.[35] In February 2015, the Center launched the fourth iteration of the series, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78.[36][37]

In January 2017, the Center produced In Terms of Performance [38] 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.[39]

In 2019, the Center published Site Read,[40] an anthology in which "seven exhibition makers lay out the motivations, conditions, logistics, and consequences of shows they organized that now stand as icons of structural innovation in terms of site," published by Mousse Publishing.

List of Pew Fellows (1992-2020)[edit]

Pew Fellows by Year
Year Pew Fellows[41]
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,[42] 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,[43] Tina Morton, Jenny Sabin, James Sugg, Charles "Chuck" Treece[44]
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[45]
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
2018 David Hartt, David Ludwig, Ken Lum, Diane Monroe, Quentin Morris, Jonathan Olshefski, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Ursula Rucker, Leah Stein, Zaye Tete, Alex Torra, and Rachel Zolf
2019 Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Dinita Clark, Kirsten Kaschock, Carolyn Lazard, Roberto Lugo, Karyn Olivier, Lisa Marie Patzer, Imani Perry, Maria Shaplin, Becky Suss, Tina Satter (Fellow-in-Residence), Julian Talamantez Brolaski (Fellow-in-Residence)
2020 Jacob Cooper, Shatara Michelle Ford, Jesse Harrod, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Airea D. Matthews, Bill Nace, Tom Quinn, Alex Smith, Alexandra Tatarsky, Raven Chacon (Fellow-in-Residence), Rhodessa Jones (Fellow-in-Residence)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact the Center: The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  2. ^ "Approach: Philadelphia". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  3. ^ a b "About : The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  4. ^ "About | The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Important Changes to the Center's Grant-Making Strategy : Newsroom: The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  6. ^ "2021 Pew Center Grants to Support Recovery Projects & Artists: What's New This Year". The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. January 19, 2021.
  7. ^ "Apply : The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  8. ^ aclair (2019-10-14). "The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Announces 2019 Grants for Philadelphia Artists, Organizations". The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  9. ^ Beginning with the 2008 fellowships, the grant amount has increased from $50,000 to $60,000. To date, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts has awarded $11.1 million—220 fellowships have been awarded and 226 artists have been honored with the distinction of receiving the highly competitive fellowships. (Fellowships have been awarded to 4 collaborative teams over the years.)
  10. ^ "Application Guidelines 2014: Pew Fellowships" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  11. ^ "Application Guidelines".
  12. ^ "Questions of Practice". Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  13. ^ "Theatricality and Amateurism with Catherine Wood and Jérôme Bel: Part I". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Questions of Practice with Romeo Castellucci: Full Interview". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Tacita Dean: On JG and the Medium of Time". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Anna Deavere Smith on Let Me Down Easy". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Curating Now – Questions of Practice – The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Just Say It and Think It and It Is So". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  19. ^ "Bill T. Jones & Susan Rethorst: A Conversation in Five Parts – Questions of Practice – The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  20. ^ "Miranda July on Riot Grrrl". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  21. ^ "Tony Kushner". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  22. ^ "Questions of Practice: Claudia La Rocco on Dancing in Museums – Questions of Practice – The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  23. ^ "Questions of Practice: Choreographer Ralph Lemon on Ephemerality". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  24. ^ "Paul Schimmel: On Curating and Theater – Questions of Practice – The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Questions of Practice: Composer David Lang on Classical Music, Education, Composing, and Virtuosity". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Boris Charmatz". Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  27. ^ "Ann Hamilton". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  28. ^ "Collaborators & Colleagues". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  29. ^ "Ain Gordon". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  30. ^ "Kristy Edmunds and the Visiting Scholar Program". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  31. ^ "Pigeons on the Grass Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  32. ^ "The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  33. ^ "What Makes a Great Exhibition?". Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  34. ^ "Left Coast Press : Letting Go?". Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  35. ^ "Danceworkbook: A series that documents the creative practice of living and working with dance". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  36. ^ "A Steady Pulse". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  37. ^ "Danceworkbook 004: Lucinda Childs – Questions of Practice – The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". 2015-02-19. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  38. ^ "In Terms of Performance". Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  39. ^ "A New Anthology, 'In Terms of Performance,' Explores the Keywords of Contemporary Cultural Practice". Hyperallergic. 2016-12-12. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  40. ^ "Site Read: Seven Curators on Their Landmark Exhibitions". Mousse Publishing. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  41. ^ "Grants & Grantees". Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  42. ^ Salisbury, Stephan. "12 area artists awarded $60,000 grants by Pew". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  43. ^ "Music Director Hanna Khoury receives Pew Fellowship". Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
  44. ^ Salisbury, Stephan (2010-10-07). "12 get Pew Fellowships in the Arts awards". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
  45. ^ "Introducing the 2015 Grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage – News – The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage". 2015-06-15. Retrieved 17 February 2016.

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