PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
announced the 38 recipients of this years grants! Totaling over $8.4 million, these grants will provide funding for 12 fellowships and 26 projects, furthering the citys rich and diverse cultural landscape and attracting innovative talent from around the world.
Awarded $75,000 each, this years 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 Peoples 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 Orchestras presentation of Ludwig van Beethovens Missa Solemnis, which immerses audiences in a virtual, multi-denominational cathedral designed by artist Refik Anadol
a documentary that surveys the history of North Philadelphias black community from the turn of the 20th century through the 1960s, written and directed by Scribe Video Centers Louis Massiah
a redesign of two rooms in Doylestowns century-old Mercer Museum as part of the Bucks County Historical Societys 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 Studios new building in Philadelphias Kensington neighborhood
This years roster of grantees speak volumes toward the Centers ongoing mission to invest in ambitious, imaginative, and catalytic work that showcase the regions cultural vitality and enhance public life.