Art and access to it are essential to the fabric of civic life. As a multidisciplinary grantmaker dedicated to fostering a vibrant and diverse cultural ecology in the Philadelphia region, the Center annually awards grants to organizations and artists, whose imaginative programs, events, and artistic work inspire audiences and make Philadelphia a thriving hub for culture.
Application guidelines for The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s 2024 grant cycle are now available. This year’s grant making offers organizations two options for funding. Along with our annual Project grants in the Exhibitions & Public Interpretation and Performance areas, we are introducing Evolving Futures grants. Learn more on our Apply page.
Project grants in two funding areas, Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, support a spectrum of public programs that engage broad and varied publics in theaters, performing arts venues, museums, galleries, civic sites, community spaces, and neighborhoods.
Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania
The first exhibition in Philadelphia of Seattle-based visual artist Barbara Earl Thomas presents works that address racial inequity in portraiture and depict Black subjects in moments of joy and creativity across class lines.Read more
Penn Live Arts
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.Read more
The Philadelphia City Fund
The Black cultural history of Philadelphia's historic 7th Ward neighborhood comes alive through art installations, walking tours, and events.Read more
An exhibition and series of live performances and film screenings revisit the multicultural Shiraz Arts Festival, which was held annually in Iran from 1967 to 1977.Read more
University City Science Center
In a yearlong residency, eight artists create new artworks and design propositions envisioning the possibilities for a future free from gun violence.Read more
Pew Fellowships provide direct financial support through unrestricted grants to distinctive artists of all disciplines who live and work in our region.
“I see my work as a bridge between the living and the ancestral realms, working through elegies, ancestral worship, divination, mythography, and grief of daily losses.”— Phillip B. Williams, Writer
“The roots of my work lie in the rich soil of jazz and classical traditions in my hometown of Philadelphia.”— Sumi Tonooka, Composer and musician
“Through the documenting or fictionalizing of the lives of Pakistanis and our diaspora, my work is restless for new ways to examine the risks of repressing personal and collective traumas and histories.”— Shehrezad Maher, Filmmaker
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