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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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.
Perry’s nonfiction writing examines African American history and culture in books and essays that blend academic and artistic practices.
Heat Capture: Stories from Philadelphia's hottest neighborhoods
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.
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: Dust to Dust
Artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley contemplate the impact of climate change in an immersive installation of filmed performances, set in both the past and a speculative future.
Themes of community, ritual, belonging, and belief are explored in a new opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, co-produced by Norwegian National Opera.
The Tenants of Lenapehocking in the Age of Magnets
A new documentary film by Pew Fellow Louis Massiah surveys North Philadelphia’s black community from 1896 to 1968 and brings to life the history, stories, and events that created new centers for black culture.