Pew Center Gives $10 Million in Grants to Philadelphia Artists

Jennifer Kidwell, the Wilma Theater, and People’s Light are among the recipients.

PHILADELPHIA: The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced the recipients of the 2016 grants for Philadelphia artists and organizations. Totaling $10 million, the 53 grants will provide funding for 12 fellowships, 36 project grants, and 5 advancement grants.

Jennifer Kidwell (Photo by Ian Douglas)
Jennifer Kidwell (Photo by Ian Douglas)

“The talented artists and dynamic organizations that make up our 2016 grantees will enhance the cultural life of the region with exciting new projects and rich artistic voices,” said Paula Marincola, the center’s executive director, in a statement. “The Center has been privileged to fund work by an extraordinary constituency of practitioners—from major civic institutions, to independent artists and curators, to artist-driven and community-based organizations—for over a decade. We look forward to the outstanding cultural experiences our newest group of grantees will bring to our community.”

Theatre artist Jennifer Kidwell, whose work addresses race and American history, and sound designer Christopher Colucci are among those who received fellowship grants. Each fellowship grant is for a total of $75,000.

The Wilma Theater received a project grant and will use it to produce artistic director Blanka Zizka’s play Adapt! about the immigrant experience. The project grants are awarded in amounts up to $300,000 with an additional percentage for general operating costs.

People’s Light in Malvern, Pa., is the recipient of an advancement grant, which will support an in-depth market analysis and the development of the company’s approach to diversify its revenue streams and programming, and attract new audiences.

A full list of the grant recipients can be found here: pcah.us/2016grants.

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