New Pew Center Grants Include Support for Dance Artists & Projects

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its 2018 grants, totaling more than $8.7 million to support 45 artists and cultural organizations.  “The ambitious and imaginative work of Philadelphia’s artists and institutions will offer audiences outstanding cultural experiences in the year ahead,” said Paula Marincola, the Center’s executive director. “We are very gratified to continue to support the region’s vibrant cultural community through our annual grantmaking.”

This year’s awardees included the following dance artists and projects:

Fairmount Park Conservancy
In Motion, In Place: Trisha Brown Dance Company in Fairmount Park
Audiences experience Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park in new ways as a series of site-responsive, outdoor
performances present the works of pioneering post-modern choreographer Trisha Brown.

Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Ogun & the People
Through movement and music, a new interpretation of a traditional Afro-Cuban Yoruba parable takes shape,
under the direction of Dorothy Wilkie, and during a company residency with the Cuban performance troupe
Ballet Folkl6rico Cutumba.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts
The Deep Blue Sea
Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company
A newly commissioned work from the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company explores the relationship between
the individual and the larger community and brings 100 professional and local amateur performers to the
Mann’s outdoor stage.

Partners for Sacred Places
Reggie Wilson
Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking)
A series of performances curated by award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson explores the African American religious experience and Philadelphia’s historic religious sites, in a collaboration between Partners for Sacred Places and Philadelphia Contemporary.

Philadelphia Dance Projects
Old City Arts History Project
A discovery project investigates the arts in relationship to place and aims to capture the legacy and influence of artists working in Old City, Philadelphia, in the mid-1970s and ’80s.

University of the Arts School of Dance
The School for Temporary Liveness
An eight-day pop-up performance experience, presented in the format of a school that occupies the Philadelphia Art Alliance building, features artists Nora Chipaumire and Isabel Lewis and generates new forms of spectatorship and participation.


Leah Stein
Choreographer and dancer
Stein’s choreographic practice integrates improvisational methods in site-specific works that illuminate the connections between the body, sound, location, and audience.


***Photo by Paul B. Goode.  Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Ravel: Landscape or Portrait. 



About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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