Jul. 13, 2015 10:58 am

The Bartol Foundation just awarded $160,000 to Philly arts and culture

Philly based foundation focused solely on arts and culture awarded 28 organizations on July 9

The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, a 30-year-old foundation concentrated on arts education and community-based programs, awarded 28 grants totaling $160,000 to 28 Philadelphia arts and cultural organizations on July 9.

The Bartol Foundation supports organizations in a wide range of artistic disciplines that provide exceptional, sustained arts experiences to children, teens and adults throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Two $10,000 grants this year went to Young Playwrights and Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, two organizations with longstanding track records of excellence.

“As resources in schools and communities continue to shrink, we are gratified to do our part to support this work.” said Wendy Osterweil, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and an Associate Professor in the Art Education and Community Arts Practices Department of Tyler School of Art/Temple University.

“It is exciting to see the full range of opportunities that are available in the City,” added Beth Feldman Brandt, Executive Director of the Foundation. “From the teen apprentices setting sail in traditional boats they made at Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, to student photographers at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center exhibiting their work on the sidewalks around City Hall to ArtWell’s “We, the Poets,” connecting students throughout the City through their Slam Team. Each of our grantees makes a unique contribution to a new understanding of the arts.”

Grants distributed this year also include $25,000 in funds from The Philadelphia Foundation.

The announcement of the George Bartol Arts Education Award, an additional $5,000 to further support an exceptional arts education program, will be announced in September.

Here’s the full list of Bartol’s 2015 grantees:

  • 1812 Productions
  • Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
  • Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos
  • Art-Reach
  • ArtWell
  • BalletX
  • Casa Monarca
  • The Clay Studio
  • Enchantment Theatre Company
  • Koresh Dance Company
  • Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble
  • Lantern Theater Company
  • Live Connections
  • Musicopia
  • Philadelphia Dance Company
  • Philadelphia Folklore Project
  • Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
  • Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory
  • Philadelphia Young Playwrights
  • Play On, Philly
  • The Print Center
  • Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
  • Scribe Video Center
  • Spiral Q Puppet Theater
  • Taller Puertorriqueño
  • Tibetan Association of Philadelphia
  • University City Arts League
  • Wagner Free Institute of Science


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