The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced thirty-nine grants and fellowships totaling more than $8.4 million to cultural organizations and artists in the Philadelphia area.
Twenty-seven grants of up to $400,000 were awarded in support of cultural programming across the city. Recipients include the Curtis Institute of Music and Drexel University's Westphal College, which will bring together local and international musicians from diverse traditions in a series of performances; Christ Church Preservation Trust, which will present a work that links dancers in two cities through synchronized video streams; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, for an immersive installation that explores the impact of environmental change; Scribe Video Center, in support of founder Louis Massiah's documentary film surveying the history of North Philadelphia's African-American community from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1960s; and the Bucks County Historical Society, which will redesign two rooms in the Mercer Museum to enhance understanding of its collection of pre-industrial American material culture.
The center also awarded twelve fellowships of $75,000 each to individuals working in the visual arts, literature, dance, and theater. The fellowships include two inaugural Pew Fellows-in-Residence: Tina Satter, a New York-based playwright and director who leads the experimental theater company Half Straddle; and Julian Talamantez Brolaski, a California-based poet whose writing explores experiences of race and gender. Other fellows include Imani Perry, whose nonfiction writing explores African-American history and culture, and Becky Suss, a visual artist whose paintings chronicle domestic interiors and landscapes.
"Our annual grants foster the highest levels of artistic and programmatic excellence," said Pew Center for Arts & Heritage executive director Paula Marincola. "The ambitious work these artists and institutions will produce in the coming months will inspire audiences and further elevate Philadelphia's visibility as a thriving hub for culture."
For a complete list of the organization's 2019 grantees, see the Pew Center website.