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 vibrant, widely recognized hub for dynamic cultural experiences is embodied in our multidisciplinary grant making and our knowledge-sharing activities. 

All of us at the Center are acutely aware of the challenges the cultural sector has been facing due to COVID-19 and its ongoing impact. We are inspired by the resilience and creativity demonstrated by the community throughout this pandemic.

Our most recent grants are a direct response to many of the unprecedented challenges and opportunities for transformation that have been heightened by the pandemic and associated calls for greater social justice. In September, it was my great pleasure to announce the Center’s 2021 grants: more than $10.2 million to support the region’s artists and cultural organizations. 12 new Pew Fellowships provide unrestricted awards of $75,000 to individual artists from all disciplines, while 30 Re:imagining Recovery grants help arts and history organizations undertake critical adaptations needed to stabilize operations, reshape business and revenue models, and develop new approaches to programming and public engagement practices.

In addition to our grant making, the Center is a hub for 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 includes conversations with artist Cai Guo-Qiang, photographer Zanele Muholi, composer David Lang, and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and our in-depth publications include Site Read: Seven Curators on Their Landmark Exhibitions (2020),  The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory (2018), and In Terms of Performance (2016). 

Beginning with our first funding program established more than three decades ago, the Center has been privileged to support work by an extraordinary and diverse constituency of practitioners—from major civic institutions and community-based organizations to independent artists. 

I encourage you to further explore our website to experience all that the Center and our lively cultural community have to offer, follow along on social media @PewCenterArts, and sign up for our newsletter

Paula Marincola 
Executive Director 

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