What is The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage?

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) is a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. Please visit our About page to learn more about our work.

How is the Center associated with The Pew Charitable Trusts?

The Center is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and is the major instrument of its ongoing support for culture in this region.

How is the Center associated with The University of the Arts?

The Center is administered through The University of the Arts.


Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

What kinds of grants do you award? Do you have grants for individuals?

The Center makes awards to both organizations and individuals. Each of our funding programs has a set of annual guidelines detailing the types of grants available and eligibility criteria. Our grant types include Project grants, Discovery grants (formerly “Planning grants”), Advancement grants, and Pew Fellowships (for individual artists, awarded through a nomination process). To find out if you or your organization is eligible for funding through the Center, please visit our Apply page or contact Center staff directly. Center staff members are always available to answer your questions.

Can an organization or individual apply for multiple Project grants in different categories?

Organizations and individuals can only apply for a single grant in Performance or Exhibitions & Public Interpretation per cycle, provided they meet eligibility requirements and have completed all prior reporting requirements on previous Center-funded projects. If your proposed project has elements of both performance and exhibition/public interpretation, Center staff will be happy to work with you to decide which grant category best fits your application.

What is an Advancement grant, as distinct from other Project grants?

Advancement grants are available to high-performing organizations with a proven track record of success. These are large grants, designed to support a multi-year line of work. They enable organizations to respond to current major challenges they may be facing and to make crucial changes to ensure their future viability and vitality. Advancement grant applications are reviewed by senior staff at the Center and The Pew Charitable Trusts as well as evaluated by outside experts in organizational development. Final funding decisions are made directly by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Board of Directors. Education and service organizations, science museums, natural history museums, and arboreta are all eligible for Advancement grants, provided they meet the basic threshold criteria for application, which can be found on our Apply page.


The Penn Museum’s new Middle East Galleries. Photo courtesy of Penn Museum.

How are grant decisions made at the Center?

Grants are made annually through rigorous peer-review panels composed of a rotating group of distinguished, internationally-recognized experts. (Advancement grants are not panel adjudicated; see above for more information.) These panelists come from outside the region and bring both general and specific areas of disciplinary expertise to the process.

How many grants did the Center make last year?

In 2018, the Center awarded 45 grants totaling more than $8.7 million and providing funding for 12 new Pew Fellowships and 33 Project grants. Since 1989, the Center has provided more than $134 million to artists and arts and culture organizations based in Greater Philadelphia’s five counties.

How do I apply for a grant?

Guidelines and eligibility criteria for our grants can be found on our website, along with a calendar of application due dates and deadlines. Pew Fellowship applicants are determined by a nomination process, and apply by invitation only. Please visit the Apply page for more information, or contact an appropriate Center staff member directly.

Where can I find a full list of Pew Fellows?

Our full list of Pew Fellows, ranging from 1992 to the present, can be found here. In 2017, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships Program with a lively website and short film, available here.


Heidi Saman, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

Where can I find information on how to credit the Center’s support for my project?

Please visit our Credit Guidelines page.

What is the history and background of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage?

The Center was established in 2005 to house seven funding programs of The Pew Charitable Trusts. These programs have since merged to form a single entity that awards grants throughout Greater Philadelphia. In 2013, the Center merged its Project grant programs to create two new funding categories: Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation. Our timeline below provides a look into our history and the culmination of the Center as it exists today.

  • 1989: Philadelphia Music Project
  • 1991: Pew Fellowships in the Arts
  • 1993: Dance Advance
  • 1995: Philadelphia Theatre Initiative
  • 1997: Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative
  • 1998: Heritage Philadelphia Program
  • 2001: Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative
  • 2005: Programs brought together as the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage
  • 2008: Center renamed The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
  • 2013: Center consolidates to three funding areas: Performance, Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, and Pew Fellowships, and introduces Advancement grants.

Who are the designers and artists represented in your offices?

The Center’s offices were designed by BluPath Design, Philadelphia. All of the artwork in our office, including text excerpts, has been created by Pew Fellows. For details about individual works of art in the space, download the Center’s Art Notes PDF.

Can we hold a meeting in your space?

Our facilities are primarily reserved for the Center’s work; however, when space is available, we do allow constituents and their organizations to host meetings in our space. For more information, please contact Ellen Maher, Meeting and Event Planner, at emaher [at] pewcenterarts [dot] org.

Can we visit your library?

Our library is made available to constituents upon request. Please contact TJ Hunt, Executive Assistant, at tjhunt [at] pewcenterarts [dot] org, to request more information and to schedule an appointment.

Where is the Center located and where can I park when I visit?

The Center is located on the 18th floor of 1608 Walnut Street, between 16th and 17th Streets in Center City, Philadelphia, near Rittenhouse Square. Limited street parking is available, and there is a parking garage on Chancellor Street, between 16th and 17th Streets, within convenient walking distance.

The Center is also easily accessible via public transportation. The closest Regional Rail stop is at Suburban Station, located at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard; the closest subway stop is on the Broad Street Line at Walnut Street and Broad Street. Trolley lines and the Market-Frankford Line are accessible at 15th Street Station, at 15th Street and Market Street.

How can I stay up to date with the Center’s grantmaking work and news?

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