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.
$9 million in new grants from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage supports artists and public events that connect art with healing, explore cultural identity, and tell diverse and unique Philadelphia stories. Learn more about our 2023 grantees.
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.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
An exhibition surveys 30 years of contemporary art made by artists who share an experience of South Korea by their birth, residence, or ancestry.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
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Composer Evan Williams creates three new chamber pieces that recompose historical works, placing contemporary and Baroque music in conversation with African American genres.Read more
An immersive sound installation created by multidisciplinary artist and Delaware Tribe of Indians member Nathan Young invites meditation on the enduring relationship between the Delaware Tribe and its ancestral homeland Lenapehoking.Read more
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Two historic museums present a joint exhibition of new works by 20 artists invited to respond to the question: “Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy?”Read more
Pew Fellowships provide direct financial support through unrestricted grants to distinctive artists of all disciplines who live and work in our region.
“To me, writing is both a practice of synthesizing human experience through language and interrogating the role of that synthesis in the experience of being alive.”— Carmen Maria Machado, Writer
“The majority of my artistic practice is dedicated to helping communities re-embody music as their birthright and art as a vehicle for igniting individual and collective power.”— Samantha Rise, Songwriter and performer
“I’m curious about presenting film as Black poetics: using film to strike at feelings in the bones and the politics of the blood, the big gestures and the small touch.”— Vernon Jordan, III, Writer, poet, and filmmaker
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