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Jun. 20, 2017 10:48 am

These Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grantees have a social impact bent

The funder just awarded more than $10.3 million to 53 local artists and cultural organizations.

From Pew winner Philadelphia Photo Arts Center's Women's Mobile Museum by Zanele Muholi.

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Grants season continues in full force.

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage just announced its 2017 grant recipients, including 12 Pew fellows, 39 projects and two multiyear advancement grants for larger-scale programs.

See the full list of grantees here.

Of the 39 projects — which received up to $300,000, plus funding for general operating expenses — a few stick out for having especially cool social missions. Just a few of them:

  • African American Museum in Philadelphia will fund its AAMP Residency for Art and Social Change: “A pilot artist residency program for emerging black artists engages with the Olney neighborhood of North Philadelphia and responds to current social issues through the interpretation of AAMP’s collections.”
  • Asian Arts Initiative will produce (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence: “Six temporary public artworks across Philadelphia, created by a multidisciplinary group of Asian American artists, reflect on the city’s diverse narratives and changing neighborhoods.”
  • Bryn Mawr College will support Gardens Speak and other works by Tania El Khoury: “The immersive installation work of Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury is highlighted in a multi-part performance project that shares the narratives of Syrian citizens and refugees and addresses displacement, oppression, and justice.”
  • Eastern State Penitentiary will produce the “Hidden Lives, Illuminated” film project: “Stories from inside America’s correctional system are brought to light through four newly commissioned, animated short films, projected onto Eastern State Penitentiary’s 30-foot facade.”
  • Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is producing Discovering the Selinsgrove Center:
    “An artist residency model takes shape in this public history project designed to illuminate the first-person narratives of people with intellectual disabilities and their experiences of institutionalization at Selinsgrove Center in Central Pennsylvania.”
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is erecting its Farm for the City: Growing for Greater Good: “A temporary ‘farm-as-art installation’ transforms center city Philadelphia’s Thomas Paine Plaza into a civic commons for conversations about urban agriculture, food access, and community revitalization.”

There’s also a handful of recognizable names on the list of fellows, who each received $75,000 in direct support.

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Among them are interdisciplinary artists Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips, “afrofuturist cultural producers” and the founders of the Black Quantum Futurism CollectiveMichael Kuetemeyer and Anula Shetty, media artists who employ “socially engaged art-making practices to explore themes of place, cultural identity, memory, and hidden histories”; and Moon Molson, a filmmaker whose works explores “urban masculinity.”

Last year, 2016 fellow and filmmakers Tiona McClodden told us that to be a Pew fellow means financial stability — and a reason to stay in Philadelphia.

“This is a big deal,” McClodden said at the time. “I’ve lived in Philly for 10 years, and I hope to produce more work here because it’s a city that can be a sustainable city for artist.”

Here’s hoping this round of grantees will find the same sustainability.

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