From the Executive Director


Paula Marincola, Executive Director, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Photo by Julia Lehman.

Dear friends of the Center,

At The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, our commitment to making Philadelphia a widely recognized hub for dynamic cultural experiences is embodied in our multi-disciplinary grantmaking and our knowledge-sharing activities.

All of us at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage are acutely aware that the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent measures we are all taking to protect public health and safety have had significant economic implications for the arts and culture sector.

I’m pleased to announce, therefore, that with support from our funder, The Pew Charitable Trusts, we are providing additional unrestricted funds to our 2019 and 2018 Pew Fellows and to grantees with currently active Center-funded projects. This support to individual artists and organizations totals over $535,000 and is meant to help defray lost income due to closures, postponements, and event cancellations during this period. A full list of recipients of this support can be found here.

In 2019, we awarded more than $8.4 million to Philadelphia area organizations, encompassing 27 Project grants and 12 Pew Fellowships for individual artists. I invite you to learn more about these talented artists and dynamic organizations on our 2019 Grants & Grantees page.

You will find that our website not only provides a view into the region’s most compelling and innovative cultural activities, but also offers an ongoing dialogue on issues relevant to contemporary practice and interpretation through our Questions of Practice research series. We engage with leading cultural practitioners and artists from around the world, publishing a wide range of interviews and commissioned essays, delving into topics such as evolving approaches to audience engagement, curating now, and social and community-based practices. Our video series with cultural producers and leaders include conversations with artist Cai Guo-Qiang, photographer Zanele Muholi, composer David Lang, musician Nels Cline, and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; and our in-depth publications include The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory (2018) and In Terms of Performance (2016).

The Center has been privileged to fund work by an extraordinary constituency of practitioners—from major civic institutions, to artist-driven and community-based organizations, to independent artists—for over a decade.

I encourage you to further explore our website to experience all that the Center and our vibrant cultural community have to offer, and follow along on social media @PewCenterArts.

Paula Marincola
Executive Director

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