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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An oral history project and newly commissioned artworks memorialize Philadelphians who died during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s, with contributions from playwright and director Ain Gordon, artist Alexander Stadler, and community organizer Waheedah Shabazz-El.
Collaborative digital storytelling and content strategy
A fresh approach to digital storytelling practices will involve community members as content co-creators in ways that deepen connections to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collections and the stories they hold.
Zakat intermingles film, music, photography, and creative space-making in work that engages with Black social and spiritual life.
Brett Ashley Robinson
Robinson’s work blends physical ensemble performance, drag burlesque culture, documentary theater, and clowning.
A Brand New End: Survival and Its Pictures
A solo exhibition of photo-based work by Carmen Winant will reflect on historic and contemporary visual representations of women’s oppression, liberation, and self-expression.
Designing organizational practices to engage diverse audiences and artists
Opera Philadelphia will refine its artistic and organizational operations and center the company around an equity and inclusion lens as it moves to engage diverse audiences and artists in advancing opera as an art form.
Making Place Matter
To inaugurate The Clay Studio’s new home in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, an exhibition features works by ceramists Molly Hatch, Ibrahim Said, and Pew Fellow Kukuli Velarde to reflect on the complex meanings of place.
Cross-cultural programming to deepen community connections
Through a restructuring of its approach to its cultural festivals, such as the popular annual Cherry Blossom Festival, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will evaluate and reaffirm its commitment to “mutual curiosity, understanding, and collaboration.”
Chacon’s compositions and sound installations combine contemporary chamber music with self-made electronic and acoustic instruments while conveying the perspectives of Indigenous people. During his residency, Chacon will investigate Philadelphia’s experimental music scene and the region’s Indigenous histories as he creates new musical works.
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.
Rich Medina approaches his DJ practice as an archivist, storyteller, educator, and “ambassador for Black excellence.”
HVAC upgrades to enhance health and safety
Upgrades to the Mann Center’s 45-year-old heating, ventilation, and air filtration systems—in its underground backstage area and on the main pavilion stage—will allow the Fairmount Park amphitheater to safely expand the scope of its artistic programming.