An urban performing arts center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Live Arts (formerly Annenberg Center Live) presents touring theater, jazz, and world music. Penn Live Arts engages world-renowned and emerging artists who express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues and who further the organization's commitment to artistic and intellectual excellence, diversity, and arts education for adult, student and family audiences.
During a three-year residency, choreographer and Pew Fellow Rennie Harris creates and presents new hip-hop dance works along with a retrospective of his established repertory, confronting ongoing and pressing social issues like gun violence. The residency offers Harris—a Philadelphia native and internationally known artist—the opportunity to reconnect with the communities who influenced his artistic vision. Rennie Harris Puremovement company members also participate in programs at public high schools each year of the residency.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.