The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced grants and fellowships totaling more than $10.3 million to cultural organizations and artists in the Philadelphia area.
Thirty-nine project grants of up to $300,000 were awarded in support of cultural programs providing exceptional experiences to a wide range of audiences. Recipients include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for an exhibition and site-specific performance showcasing Israeli filmmaker and installation artist Yael Bartana; Temple Contemporary, in support of artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, whose project will address the representation of race in material culture through the lens of toy dolls; Bryn Mawr College, for an immersive installation and performance work of Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury; and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, for a production of Taylor Mack's Pulitzer prize-nominated "A 24-Decade of Popular Music."
The center also awarded twelve fellowships of $75,000 each to individual artists working in music, dance, theater, poetry, sound design, film, and interdisciplinary practices. Awardees include Nichole Canuso, a choreographer and performer whose practice experiments with audience participation, personal narratives, and what she describes as "kinesthetic intellect"; Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha, landscape architects whose collaborative work imagines new possibilities for design of the built environment; and Moon Molson, whose films portray the stories of people of color and capture the humor and lyricism of the language of the streets.
In addition, the center awarded two advancement grants — multiyear investments designed to support bold initiatives led by exemplary arts and culture organizations. Recipients include the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania, in support of the development of new approaches to exhibition design, public programming, and communications; and the Settlement Music School, in support of its efforts to respond to the evolving nature of today's learning styles through the development of new curricula, teaching methods, and communications strategies that enhance learning and serve to engage and retain students.
"The center's 2017 grant recipients represent the breadth and vibrancy that makes greater Philadelphia such a compelling destination for arts cultural experiences," said Pew Center executive director Paula Marincola. "We are very pleased to continue to support such wide-ranging, extraordinary work from the region's independent artists and emerging organizations, as well as some of Philadelphia's largest and well-established institutions."