Through its Creative Communities initiative, the William Penn Foundation works with partners in the greater Philadelphia area to identify ways to make art and culture accessible to everyone, help ensure the creative sector is sustainable for the long term, and support the development of vibrant public spaces that are widely accessible.
To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for the New Audiences/New Places grantmaking program, which funds artistic projects in Philadelphia that engage new audiences through the use of public, civic, and community spaces as platforms for cultural performances and public art. Specifically, the foundation is interested in projects that have the ability to engage audiences outside of traditional performance and exhibition venues, especially in community-based settings where people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds come together; promote new opportunities for residents of the city to engage in high-quality cultural experiences; foster relationships between cultural organizations and specific neighborhoods; help organizations reach audiences and communities that are new to them and/or the arts; and expand understanding of how enhanced engagement, dialogue, extended programming, and multiple points of access provide new audiences with cultural opportunities.
All aspects of project development and execution, including planning, design, civic engagement, and implementation, are eligible for funding through the program. Projects that are permanent, temporary, or seasonal in nature, regardless of discipline (e.g., performing arts, visual arts, media arts, literary/humanities, multi-discipline, etc.) will be considered.
To be eligible, projects must be focused on Philadelphia. Organizations seeking funding through the program that are located outside the city should have a strong understanding of the local community and knowledge of working in Philadelphia.
Letters of Intent are due November 8. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 13, 2020.
See the William Penn Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.