Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Awards Grants Totaling $6.5 Million

The has announced fellowships and grants totaling more than $6.5 million to sixty-five artists and organizations in the Philadelphia region.

Grants were awarded to fifty-two local arts and cultural organizations, including the , which received $250,000 for an exhibition featuring the work of Nigerian-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare; the , which was awarded $200,000 to organize the Philadelphia Freedom Festival, featuring a Philadelphia Orchestra performance of a new composition by Uri Caine in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and the , an Underground Railroad site, which received $200,000 for preservation work.

The center also awarded of $60,000 each to thirteen individual artists. Awardees include Sueyeun Juliette Lee, a Korean-American poet who investigates the complexities of contemporary identity; filmmaker J. Louise Makary, whose films combine dance, still photography, and experimental techniques; and Raphael Xavier, a hip-hop dancer and choreographer who is working to expand the form through collaborations with choreographers outside the hip-hop tradition.

"It's tremendously gratifying for the center to so substantially support this vibrant mix of projects and artists," said Paula Marincola, executive director of PCAH, which is funded by the . "These grants attest to the quality and scope of the cultural scene here and will bring great pleasure and exciting experiences to our region's many audiences."

For a complete list of , visit the PCAH Web site.

"." Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Press Release 06/19/2013.