The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Announces 2019 Grants for Philadelphia Artists, Organizations

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced 39 grants today in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. The 2019 awards total more than $8.4 million and provide funding for 12 Pew Fellowships and 27 project grants.

This year’s grants include two new areas of support. In addition to the Center’s longstanding annual fellowships for Philadelphia-based artists, for the first time a Pew Fellows-in-Residence program will bring two artists from outside the region to live, work and embed themselves in the community, becoming part of the city’s vibrant arts scene for a year. Additionally, the Center is funding its first organizational collaboration, a multifaceted musical project between two of the city’s major institutions: the Curtis Institute of Music and Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

“Our annual grants foster the highest levels of artistic and programmatic excellence,” said Paula Marincola, the Center’s executive director. “The ambitious work these artists and institutions will produce in the coming months will inspire audiences and further elevate Philadelphia’s visibility as a thriving hub for culture.”

This year’s funded dance works blend virtual and live experiences in a new performance created by pioneering postmodern choreographer David Gordon at Christ Church Neighborhood House, and a participatory movement and storytelling experience from Nichole Canuso Dance Company.  Receiving a $75,000 Pew Fellowship is hip-hop choreographer and dancer Dinita Clark.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage 2019 Grantees with a focus on Dance & Movement…

Dinita Clark
Through her work as a choreographer, performer, and teacher, Clark engages the vocabularies of hip-hop culture and street dance and centers women within the dance form.

Kirsten Kaschock
Informed by her training as a dancer, Kaschock addresses the intersections between language and the body in poetry that displays a choreographer’s sense of rhythm and timing.

Christ Church Preservation Trust
A new performance work by pioneering postmodern choreographer David Gordon creates a multi-city experience by connecting live performers at Christ Church’s Neighborhood House in Philadelphia with a simultaneous video stream of performers in Manhatten

Nichole Canuso Dance Company
A participatory movement and storytelling experience invites geographically separated strangers to connect with one another through live performance and virtual technology.