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
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
A suite of immersive dance performance-installations examines questions of inclusion and exclusion within contemporary performance.Read more
The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra recovers the less commonly known musical works of 20th-century Black composer William Grant Still through performances in concert hall, community, and virtual settings.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.
“With my use of the land and body as material I am asserting literal Black bodies and Black spaces within an artistic canon that historically denies our influence.”— Adebunmi Gbadebo, Visual Artist
“My work frequently incorporates beauty...to draw viewers into an intimate examination of more brutal, visceral, or challenging content.”— Jesse Krimes, Visual Artist
“I am drawn to working at various in-betweens as an artist: in between the art museum and the public, the art gallery and the artist, the art organization and its contract workers.”— Maia Chao, Interdisciplinary Artist
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