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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Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal
An exhibition and interpretation of Milford Graves’ artistic laboratory as a living, interactive theater shed light on a lifetime of multidisciplinary creative work from this icon of the free jazz movement.
Michelle Angela Ortiz
Through public art installations and a socially engaged practice, Ortiz examines issues of immigration, socio-economic inequalities, and human rights.
Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking)
A series of performances curated by award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson explores the African American religious experience and Philadelphia’s historic religious sites, in a collaboration between Partners for Sacred Places and Philadelphia Contemporary.
Hartt’s multidisciplinary work in photography, sculpture, installation, and digital film considers the history of social and cultural ideals in relation to the built environment.
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.
Colored People Time: Mundane Futures, Quotidian Pasts, and Banal Presents
The history, present, and future of blackness in America is examined in a three-part, multidisciplinary exhibition featuring the work of artists Carolyn Lazard, Cameron Rowland, Sable Elyse Smith, and Martine Syms.
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.
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.
Olshefski’s documentary films depict intimate portraits of contemporary American life, rooted in the long-term relationships he develops with his subjects.
In Motion, In Place: Trisha Brown Dance Company in Fairmount Park
Audiences experience Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park in new ways as a series of site-responsive, outdoor performances present the works of pioneering post-modern choreographer Trisha Brown.
Tete’s practice is dedicated to sharing and reinterpreting traditional Liberian music and dance, connecting Liberian Americans with their heritage across generations.
Redrawing History: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial America
An exhibition and a newly commissioned graphic novel by Native American artists—illustrator Weshoyot Alvitre and writer Lee Francis—re-contextualize 18th-century historic events from the perspective of indigenous communities.