Pew Center Announces 53 New Grants for Philadelphia Artists and Organizations

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage today announced 53 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. The 2017 awards total more than $10.3 million and provide funding for 12 new Pew Fellowships, 39 Project grants, and two Advancement grants.

“The Center’s 2017 grant recipients represent the breadth and vibrancy that make Greater Philadelphia such a compelling destination for arts and cultural experiences,” said Paula Marincola, the Center’s executive director. “We are very pleased to continue to support such wide-ranging, extraordinary work from the region’s independent artists and emerging organizations, as well as some of Philadelphia’s largest and well-established institutions.”

There is a broad range of work in this year’s list of recipients, including a number of dance-based projects. These include grants to Drexel University’s Westphal College to host French choreographer Boris CharmatzKun-Yang Lin/DancersJumatatu PoeMadhusmita BoraVoloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, and Pew Fellowships to dance-theater artists Nichole Canuso and Annie Wilson.

Nichole Canuso
Choreographer and performer
Canuso’s choreographic practice spans genres and experiments with the participation of audience bodies, personal narratives, and what she describes as “the kinesthetic intellect.”

Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Writer and scholar
Dixon Gottschild’s 50-year career as a writer and cultural scholar surveys the presence and influence of the black dancing body in America, in what she calls “choreography for the page.”

Annie Wilson
Choreographer and performer
Investigating what she describes as “public vulnerability and intimacy,” Wilson’s performance work intertwines experimental dance, humor, feminist practice, and audience interaction.

Madhusmita Bora
Threads of History: Resurrection of a Textile
Classical Indian dance, performed by the Dancing Monks of Assam, brings to life the stories embedded in an ancient textile from the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Drexel University Westphal College
Philadelphia Museum of Dance
A large-scale performance event on the grounds of The Barnes Foundation, co-curated by acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz, examines the presentation of public performance in relationship to the exhibition of visual art objects.

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
Faith Project
A new dance work contemplates the relationship between religious practice and contemporary dance, taking inspiration from exchanges with an interfaith group of community participants.

jumatatu m. poe
Let ‘im Move You: This Is a Formation
A new performance work draws from the J-Sette dance form, examining “team” in performance and exploring the rhythms of pop and club music.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
Crimean Tatar Cultural Recovery
Research into Crimean Tatar choreography through an engagement with indigenous choreographers in Lviv, Ukraine expands the repertoire of this American-Ukrainian dance ensemble.

Annie Wilson
Choreographer and performer
Investigating what she describes as “public vulnerability and intimacy,” Wilson’s performance work intertwines experimental dance, humor, feminist practice, and audience interaction.

A full list of grantees and projects may be found at pcah.us/2017grants.