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A “Game Changer,” a “Turning Point:” New Short Film Highlights Pew Fellowships’ Impact on Region’s Artists

Alex Da Corte, Blue Moon, 2017, standard digital video (video still). Photo courtesy of the artist.
Alex Da Corte, Blue Moon, 2017, standard digital video (video still). Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Center is pleased to announce the release of a short film celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. In the five-minute video, available on our dedicated anniversary website, filmmakers, poets, designers, theater directors, composers, and more reflect on the program’s impact on their own lives and on the region’s community of artists.

A “game changer, and “a turning point” are phrases used by Pew Fellows Tiona McClodden and Dan Rothenberg to describe the momentum sparked by receiving a Pew Fellowship. Visual artist Sarah McEneaney remarks on how the Fellowship’s support bought her the time she needed to create, while poet Jena Osman notes how the Fellowship “allows you to dream, to follow your curiosity in any direction it might take you.” For all of our 323 Pew Fellows, the program’s direct financial support through unrestricted grants has afforded valuable time and substantial resources to focus on artistic exploration.

The short film also features Center executive director Paula Marincola and Fellowships director Melissa Franklin, who discuss what makes the Pew Fellowships unique among artist support programs, and describe the longstanding commitment to individual artists that is a bedrock of the Center’s grantmaking work. Also included is Marian Godfrey, former senior director of cultural initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts, who describes the impetus for launching the program 25 years ago.

We extend our gratitude to our collaborators and to all the Fellows who shared their stories and work with us for this film, and to Dave Tavani and Jill Wolfe for their video production and editing work.

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