As a presenting arts organization, the Painted Bride offers a wide range of work in music, dance, spoken word, and theater, supporting over 25,000 artists, hosting over 5,000 events, and commissioning over 100 new works since 1969. Throughout its history, the Bride has been committed to supporting a wide range of artists and amplifying underrepresented voices to foster diversity and inclusivity.
Built on a foundation of public dialogue and interaction, the Re-Place-ing Philadelphia project used art as a lens to examine the geography of Philadelphia and its complex histories, as a basis to uncover forgotten histories. The 20-month project was designed to be open-ended, flexible, and permeable, generating a stream of performances, artworks, lectures, readings, and conversations that responded to the city and created forums for new ideas. A core group of artists aided the Painted Bride in transforming their programs, infrastructure, and facilities, including Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula, and Guggenheim Fellow Reggie Wilson. Re-Place-ing Philadelphia also engaged three "free radicals"—theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, 2007 Pew Fellow and musician King Britt, and dance scholar Brenda Dixon Gottschild—to serve as on-the-ground researchers and advisors.
*Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.*