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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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 Philadelphia of 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.
Lugo’s ceramics and visual art practice blends historical forms of European porcelain with contemporary iconography to honor the culture and experiences of people of color.
Plus Ultra: Awakening the Mercer Museum Core
The Mercer Museum’s collection of pre-industrial American material culture is reinterpreted through new installations in two currently unused rooms in the century-old museum.
Pool: A Social History of Segregation
An interactive exhibition sited in a former public pool and a new play by Pew Fellow James Ijames examine the history and present-day implications of segregated swimming pools in America.
Olivier creates monuments, memorials, and visual art installations that consider the complex and often conflicting representations of history and memory in public spaces.
The world premiere of a new play by Eisa Davis considers the immigrant experience through stories of a suburban Philadelphia mushroom farming community.