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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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.
Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans
Haiti’s cultural traditions and their influence on the music of New Orleans are examined through concerts, a yearlong public radio series, an NPR-distributed radio documentary, and a multimedia website.
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.
Rising Sun – Artists and an Uncertain America (working title)
Two historic museums will commission and present the work of 30 contemporary artists to address the canon of American art.
Airea D. Matthews
Matthews’ work experiments with poetic forms to consider how language can shape perceptions of the self, shared histories, and assumed notions of Blackness.
Sun & Sea (Marina)
A contemporary Lithuanian opera will address ecological concerns through the inner monologues and melodies of a chorus of beachgoers.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Kosoko’s performance works incorporate elements of dance, music, poetry, film, and visual art to reflect on Black and queer identity.
Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel
A monographic exhibition on French painter Suzanne Valadon (1865–1938) will consider her under-recognized contributions to early 20th-century art and contemplate themes of female desire and physicality, marriage, and motherhood.
The Pregnant Speakeasy
A devised performance work will blend theater, installation, cabaret, and visual projection to reveal and celebrate the power of the pregnant body.
Using as its libretto poet Ross Gay’s book-length poem Be Holding—inspired by “Dr. J” Julius Erving’s famous lay-up for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1980 NBA Finals—a musical performance will explore themes of Black genius and beauty in the face of racial violence and inequities.
nkwiluntàmën: I long for it; I am lonesome for it (such as the sound of a drum)
Multidisciplinary artist Nathan Young will create a site-specific, sound-based installation in the landscape surrounding Pennsbury Manor, a reconstruction of the home of Pennsylvania founder William Penn.