Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Accepting 2018 Project Grant Applications

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage invests in ambitious, imaginative projects that showcase the greater Philadelphia region's cultural vitality and enhance the quality of its public life.

To advance this mission, the center is accepting applications to its Project Grant program, which awards grants in three program areas: Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, Performance, and Pew Fellowships.

1)  Exhibitions & Public Interpretation: EPI projects include public display and/or interpretation of artworks, historical artifacts, scientific objects, living collections, buildings, stories, or ideas; film, video, or other moving-image presentations and technology platforms; and all other forms of exhibitions and public cultural interpretation, including those that take place in public spaces, online, and/or make use of participatory strategies.

2) Performace: Eligible performance projects include original works or new treatments of existing works in all performance forms; film, video, and other moving-image performance works; distribution of performances using new experimental media or technology platforms; and performances in public spaces, online, and/or that make use of participatory strategies. The category supports projects that are multi- or interdisciplinary, as well as those based in a specific discipline.

3) Pew Fellowships: The center offers direct support to individual artists through its Pew Fellowships program, annually awarding up to twelve unrestricted grants of $75,000. The goal is to assist the most talented artists in the Philadelphia region in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support accompanied by a set of customized, focused, professional- and career-development resources.

Before submitting a Letter of Intent, applicants are required to identify their intention to apply by contacting staff at least two weeks before the LOI deadline of November 15. First-time applicants are required to make an appointment to discuss their projects with center staff by October 13. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by March 7, 2018.

In 2017, the center awarded more than $10.3 million to Philadelphia-area organizations and individual practitioners, encompassing thirty-nine Project grants; two Advancement grants; and twelve Pew Fellowships for individual artists and artist teams.

For complete program guidelines, examples of previously funded projects, and application procedures, see the Pew Center website.

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