Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Awards $9.6 Million in Grants

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced grants and fellowships totaling more than $9.6 million in support of artists and arts groups in the greater Philadelphia area.

Marking the center's tenth year of grantmaking, grants of up to $500,000 were awarded to thirty-seven local arts and cultural organizations, including the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, for a work that blends Russian folktales, South African music, puppetry, and a performance of Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird; Opera Philadelphia, for a chamber opera based on the film Breaking the Waves by composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli; the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, for a project from MacArthur Fellow and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer that will illuminate the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans; and the Curtis Institute of Music, to implement a new curriculum that provides its graduates with the entrepreneurial and business skills needed to pursue careers in the twenty-first century.

The center also awarded fellowships of $75,000 each to twelve individual artists. Awardees include Merián Soto, whose investigations of the living body through dance and performance spans a forty-year career; Chris Madak, a prolific musician and composer whose work bridge post-industrial drone and contemporary experimental electronic music; Rea Tajiri, a filmmaker whose work straddles the line between documentary and art film; and James Ijames, a playwright whose work investigates class, race, and gender and challenges the conventions of realism and received collective truth.

"Our 2015 grantees exemplify the diverse and dynamic cultural life of our region," said Pew Center for Arts & Heritage executive director Paula Marincola. "As we reflect on the past ten years of grantmaking in this vibrant community, we also look forward to the extraordinary cultural experiences this talented and ambitious group of artists and organizations will bring to Greater Philadelphia’s audiences."

For more information on the grantees, visit the Pew Center website.