Grants & Grantees
As a multidisciplinary grantmaker dedicated to fostering a vibrant community, the Center awards Project grants in Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, twelve annual Fellowships which provide unrestricted grants to individual artists working in all disciplines, and Advancement grants to support high-performing institutions undertaking bold, innovative organizational initiatives.
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Modupúe | Ibaye: The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance Project
This community history project explores Yoruba performance practices and traditions, originating from West Africa, and their role in shaping Philadelphia’s social and cultural landscape.
Tete’s practice is dedicated to sharing and reinterpreting traditional Liberian music and dance, connecting Liberian Americans with their heritage across generations.
Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement III - The Triple Deities
A multimedia performance merges art song, exhibition, film, and sculpture to examine black female identity, drawing from the work of poet Langston Hughes and composer Florence B. Price.
Yael Bartana: And Europe Will be Stunned
A newly commissioned site-specific performance and an exhibition showcase Israeli filmmaker and installation artist Yael Bartana, whose work addresses the complexities of migration, memory, and identity.
Stein’s choreographic practice integrates improvisational methods in site-specific works that illuminate the connections among the body, sound, location, and audience.
The Women's Mobile Museum with Zanele Muholi
South African photographer Zanele Muholi creates a mobile exhibition space and engages with 10 Philadelphia women in telling their own stories through self-portraits and portraits of women in the participants’ lives.
Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy
Cultural events across the region mark Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday with exhibitions, a tribute performance by singer-songwriter and poet Patti Smith, and four newly commissioned works by artists Carolyn Healy and John Phillips, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Homer Jackson, and Spencer Finch.
Maryanne Amacher: Making The Third Ear
The multimedia compositions and visceral, large-scale installations of pioneering sound artist Maryanne Amacher are illuminated through concerts, workshops, and a performance installation.
Ludwig's contemporary classical compositions for a range of instrumental ensembles, voice, theater, and film play with style and genre and address topics ranging from climate change to religious traditions.
ear-whispered: works by Tania El Khoury
The immersive installation work of Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury is highlighted in a multi-part performance project that shares the narratives of Syrian citizens and refugees and addresses displacement, oppression, and justice.
An ensemble-devised work, led by Blanka Zizka, adapts Lebanese American poet Etel Adnan’s book-length poem There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other and contemplates existential questions of personal and community identity and conflict, in an environment created by Berlin-based artist Rosa Barba.