The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announces $8.4 million in grants for Philadelphia artists and institutions

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The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announces $8.4 million in grants for Philadelphia artists and institutions
Polly Apfelbaum, Waiting for the UFOs (a space between a landscape and a bunch of flowers), 2018, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Kemper Museum.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced the 38 recipients of this year’s grants! Totaling over $8.4 million, these grants will provide funding for 12 fellowships and 26 projects, furthering the city’s rich and diverse cultural landscape and attracting innovative talent from around the world.

Awarded $75,000 each, this year’s 12 Pew Fellows include artists working in visual art, literature, dance, lighting design, and theater. Among them are Roberto Lugo, Imani Perry, Maria Shaplin, Becky Suss, Kirsten Kashock, and Dinita Clark.

This year also marks the first year of Pew's new Fellow-in-Residence program, which will bring in two artists from outside the region to live, work, and embed themselves in the Philadelphia community. This year's fellows are Tina Satter and Julian Talamantez Brolaski.

The Center also announced its 26 project grants, which award up to $400,000, with an additional 20 percent for general operating cost. This year's projects include Pew's first ever institutional collaboration; a multifaceted musical project which will be presented by the Curtis Institute of Music and Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Other projects include:

• an engagement with Colombian sculptor and visual artist Doris Salcedo presented by Mural Arts Philadelphia that investigates the possibilities and ethical considerations of collaborating on artistic work with immigrant youth.

• a play at People’s Light by Obie Award-winning playwright Eisa Davis that considers the immigrant experience through stories of a suburban Philadelphia farming community

• an immersive installation of filmed performances from artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley at The Fabric Workshop and Museum that contemplates the impact of environmental change

• The Philadelphia Orchestra’s presentation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, which immerses audiences in a virtual, multi-denominational cathedral designed by artist Refik Anadol

• a documentary that surveys the history of North Philadelphia’s black community from the turn of the 20th century through the 1960s, written and directed by Scribe Video Center’s Louis Massiah

• a redesign of two rooms in Doylestown’s century-old Mercer Museum as part of the Bucks County Historical Society’s efforts to better understand its collection of pre-industrial American material culture

• an exhibition of works by ceramists Molly Hatch, Ibrahim Said, and Kukuli Velarde to inaugurate The Clay Studio’s new building in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood

This year’s roster of grantees speak volumes toward the Center’s ongoing mission to invest in ambitious, imaginative, and catalytic work that showcase the region’s cultural vitality and enhance public life.

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