Supporting Creative Ventures That Tackle Healthcare, Identity, and Hidden History
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has recently announced its allocation of 40 grants and fellowships to nine cultural organizations and artists in the Philadelphia area.
These grants, totaling $8.1 million for project funding and $900,000 in unrestricted funding for 12 artists, mark a significant investment in the region’s vibrant arts and cultural scene.
Paula Marincola, the executive director of the Pew Center, emphasized the importance of these grants in addressing contemporary issues.
She stated, “Our newest grants illustrate the arts’s contributions to understanding and reflecting on salient issues of the moment.
From contemplating experiences of living through a pandemic to interpreting multifaceted cultural identities, the funded projects and artists will offer programs and creative works that will be meaningful to a wide range of audiences and will invigorate civic and artistic life in the Philadelphia region.”
Some of the notable recipients of these grants include:
1. Philadelphia Theatre Company: The organization will use the funding for its project, Night Side Songs, a one-act musical that explores themes of caretaking, illness, and mortality.
Performances will take place both at the theatre and at caregiving sites in the region.
2. Theatre Horizon: Amanda Morton, inspired by her life as an adopted Korean American child raised by white parents, will create a new comedic musical with the project grant.
3. People’s Light: Suli Holum will develop the play, The Woman Question, which examines gendered healthcare disparities and bodily autonomy through historical records from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.
4. Inis Nua Theatre Company: Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle’s adaptation of John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, set in modern Dublin and centered around a Nigerian asylum seeker, received a grant.
5. Pig Iron Theatre Company: Franklin’s Key, a physical theatre piece set in a world where Ben Franklin’s inventions have been hidden underneath Philadelphia landmarks, will be brought to life with the grant.
In addition to these projects, the Pew Center has also awarded $75,000 fellowships to several artists, including performance artist Vitche-Boul Ra.
For a complete list of grant awardees and fellows, please refer Pewcenterarts.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, serves as a multidisciplinary grantmaker and a knowledge-sharing hub.
It is committed to nurturing a vibrant and diverse cultural community in Greater Philadelphia.
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