Grants & Grantees
As a multidisciplinary grantmaker dedicated to fostering a vibrant community, the Center awards Project grants in Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation and twelve annual Fellowships, which provide unrestricted grants to individual artists working in all disciplines.
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Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Chase’s vivid, gestural portraits employ painting, collage, and drawing in works that reflect the complexities of black and queer identity.
The Contest of the Fruits
Berlin-based artist collective Slavs and Tatars explores physical and cultural borders, heritage, and identity through a film, exhibition, public programs, and a publication.
Beethoven: Missa solemnis 2.0
Ludwig van Beethoven’s renowned but rarely performed masterpiece gains new depth with a visual installation designed by media artist Refik Anadol that immerses audiences in a virtual, multi-denominational cathedral.
A participatory movement and storytelling experience invites geographically separated strangers to connect with one another through live performance and virtual technology.
Lisa Marie Patzer
Patzer’s new media installations interrogate how emerging technologies—and the ideologies that inform their production—shape our lives and influence visual culture.
Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal
An exhibition and interpretation of Milford Graves’ artistic laboratory as a living, interactive theater shed light on a lifetime of multidisciplinary creative work from this icon of the free jazz movement.
Lazard’s cross-disciplinary practice centers the experiences of disability and accessibility, appropriating existing materials and, in the artist’s words, “the labor of others as a structural element of the work.”
Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia
An exhibition at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden spotlights an intercultural body of design and architecture from four influential mid-century figures: George Nakashima, Junzo Yoshimura, and Antonin and Noémi Raymond.
Black Lives Always Mattered!: Hidden African American Philadelphians in the Twentieth Century
A new graphic novel depicts underrepresented stories of talent, courage, and achievement from 20th-century African American Philadelphians and encourages conversations about race in America.
Unity at the Initiative
An exhibition, pop-up performances, and workshops underscore the intersections of art, sport, and queer identity in the work of print artist and professional skateboarder Jeffrey Cheung.
Perry’s nonfiction writing examines African American history and culture in books and essays that blend academic and artistic practices.
Heat Response: Creative action for Philly’s rising temperatures
Artist Eve Mosher leads an interdisciplinary artistic team to develop three creative neighborhood interventions in and around local parks that respond to the personal impacts of climate change on Philadelphia’s citizens.