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 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 the COVID-19 pandemic. We are humbled and inspired by cultural organizations’ and artists’ efforts to persevere and adapt during a time of great stress. 

In response to the current situation, our 2021 grant making is offering Re:imagining Recovery grants to assist arts- and history-based organizations in the Philadelphia region recover from the pandemic’s effects and emerge as more resilient and sustainable institutions. Our support of individual artists in the Philadelphia region continues through the Pew Fellowships in the Arts program. Read more about our 2021 grant making focus in our Newsroom

In October, it was my great pleasure to announce the Center’s 2020 grants: $10.5 million awarded to 29 Project grant recipients and 12 Pew Fellows. This support represents our steadfast belief in the creativity and resilience of this community and in the abiding importance of the arts in civic life.   

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 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 fund work by an extraordinary and diverse constituency of practitioners—from major civic institutions, to artist-driven and community-based organizations, to independent artists. 

I encourage you to further explore our website to experience all that the Center and our vibrant 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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