The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced grants and fellowships totaling more than $8.7 million to cultural organizations and artists in the Philadelphia area.
Thirty-three 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 Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, in support of a newly commissioned dance work featuring a hundred professional and amateur performers working together on the outdoor stage of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts; Temple Contemporary, for a multiyear project, in collaboration with the 600 HIGHWAYMEN theater company, that will pair a thousand Philadelphians in guided one-on-one conversations taking place simultaneously in area homes to encourage empathetic listening; the Mütter Museum, in support of a project that will highlight the personal stories and far-reaching impact of Philadelphia's 1918-19 influenza pandemic; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, for a concert series that explores the evolution and present-day social relevance of the art song and its intersection with poetry and music; and Bowerbird, which will delve into the works of pioneering sound artist and composer Maryanne Amacher through a series of concerts and a multimedia installation.
The center also awarded twelve fellowships of $75,000 each to individual artists working in music, dance, theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Awardees include Diane Monroe, a composer and violinist bridging classical and jazz repertoires, African and African-American traditions, and contemporary experimental music; Ursula Rucker, an interdisciplinary poet, performer, and recording artist whose work reflects on her personal history, family, and the city in which she lives; and Leah Stein, a choreographer and dancer who integrates improvisational movement methods in works created for specific spaces.
"The ambitious and imaginative work of Philadelphia's artists and institutions will offer audiences outstanding cultural experiences in the year ahead," said Pew Center executive director Paula Marincola. "We are very gratified to continue to support the region's vibrant cultural community through our annual grantmaking."
For a complete list of 2018 grantees, see the Pew Center website.