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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Sounds of the Circle
A new evening-length suite by master jazz musician Odean Pope evokes the “distinctive sonic environment” of North Philadelphia and the mid-20th-century innovators who helped build Philadelphia’s jazz legacy.
Morris’ five-decade meditation on the color black investigates identity and spirituality, driven by his desire to, in his words, “refute all negative cultural mythologies about the color.”
Violin Woman, African Dreams
An evening-length suite composed by Diane Monroe for violin, string quartet, West African kora, and percussion draws inspiration from The Colored Girls Museum, a singular house museum located in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood.
Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers: Archives-Based Learning
Collaborative research projects introduce Community College of Philadelphia students to rare historical materials, leading to exhibitions that examine the notion of accessibility and representation in archives.
SUPERTERRANEAN (working title)
The world premiere of a design-driven theater work, created in collaboration with MacArthur Fellow and Tony Award-winner Mimi Lien, considers how underground architecture, built environments, and hidden networks influence human behavior.
Rucker’s interdisciplinary poetry and spoken word performances—which she characterizes as situated “along the edge of the terrains of poetry”—reflect on personal history, family, and place.
Documenting & Interpreting the Philly Jazz Legacy
A discovery process brings together the region’s three major jazz organizations—Jazz Bridge, Philadelphia Jazz Project, and Philadelphia Clef Club—to explore how to meaningfully preserve, interpret, and share Philadelphia’s expansive jazz history.
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.
Stein’s choreographic practice integrates improvisational methods in site-specific works that illuminate the connections among the body, sound, location, and audience.
Revolution Remix: A South Asian American Sound Tour of Historic Philadelphia
New musical compositions by Zain Alam, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Rupa Marya enrich a walking tour that explores historic Philadelphia through the lens of South Asian American history.
Reconstruction and the Fourteenth Amendment Project
An original theater work sheds new light on the Reconstruction era in the United States, the constitutional legacy of the Civil War, and the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The School for Temporary Liveness
An eight-day pop-up performance experience, presented in the format of a school that occupies the Philadelphia Art Alliance building, features artists Nora Chipaumire and Isabel Lewis and generates new forms of spectatorship and participation.