The William Penn Foundation has announced grants totaling $11.8 million in support of arts and cultural organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of the Philadelphia region.
Thirty-five organizations received unrestricted operating support through the foundation's Creative Communities program, which supports arts and cultural groups, educational experiences that increase student access to the arts, and the development of high-quality public spaces as platforms for community and cultural expression. Recipients include the Asian Arts Initiative, the Center for Art in Wood, Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble, the Philadelphia Folklore Project, PRISM Quartet, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library.
"This unrestricted funding for a range of arts organizations reflects a diversity of artistic disciplines as well as organizational sizes and operating budgets," said Leonard C. Haas, chair of the William Penn Foundation's art review committee. "It is intended to provide flexibility to support mission-related expenses, to experiment with new artistic programming, and to explore approaches to achieving sustainability and organizational health."