The Wayne Shorter Quartet performing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 series, April 23, 2010. Photo by Jason Wierzbicki.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded an Advancement grant of $500,000 to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) to support an extensive project centered on historic and contemporary African art that will expand the museum's programmatic capacity and engage new audiences.
This initiative will promote greater understanding and appreciation of African culture as a dynamic and complex relationship between past and present, tradition and innovation. The Center's Advancement grant will focus support on the commissions and residencies of contemporary African artists and the presentation of their work.
Scheduled to take place in the galleries of the PMA's Perelman Building beginning in the spring of 2016, contemporary installations, live performances, and related events will be placed in conversation with an exhibition of historical African art drawn from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's unparalleled collection—the largest of its kind in the United States. This ambitious collaboration and commissioning initiative, organized in conjunction with leading curators and scholars of African art and history, will significantly add to the museum's current offerings and advance its long-term objectives to partner with other internationally recognized institutions and present imaginative and adventurous programs that also engage new audiences in the city.
Advancement grants, which the Center initiated in 2014, are multi-year investments designed to support bold organizational initiatives that are led by exemplary arts and culture organizations in the greater Philadelphia region. These grants support the direct costs of programming and related infrastructure needs to help organizations further their missions and strengthen their sustainability.