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Pew Fellowships in the Arts Celebrates 25 Years

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts.

The program was launched in 1992 to invest in the Philadelphia region’s most talented artists. To date the program has supported 323 artists working in all disciplines with $17.2 million in unrestricted grants. The grants - currently 75 thousand each - are aimed at affording artists the time and resources needed to focus on artistic exploration and professional development. Pew Fellows represent a community of creative minds working in all disciplines—poets and writers, directors and playwrights, musicians and composers, designers and architects, folk and traditional artists, choreographers, visual artists, and filmmakers—who reflect the diverse and lively cultural ecology of the Philadelphia region. They range from young artists of 25 to young at heart at 90.

Pew Fellows have received numerous fellowships and prizes, collectively: 30 Guggenheims, 3 MacArthurs, 2 Pulitzers, 2 Rome Prizes, 2 Grammys, 3 Philadelphia Poet Laureate appointments and their work has been featured in the Whitney and Venice Biennials, Edinburgh Fringe and Sundance Film Festivals, at MoMA, Tate Modern, the Met, BAM, and hundreds of other venues worldwide.

At 25 years, the Pew Fellowships represent one of the longest continually running programs in the country offering substantial direct support to artists.

You can read more about that incredible impact of these awards and see 25 years of Fellow's work at: www.pcah.us/pewfellows25years

Residency Consortium

Since 2011 the Alliance has partnered with the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on a residency consortium connecting past Pew Fellows with residency opportunities. The Center worked with the Alliance to identify member programs with interdisciplinary focuses and suppotive facilities - including The MacDowell Colony, The Banff Centre Leighton Artists' Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts and Ucross. These artist residencies are meant to extend the Center’s relationship with Pew Fellows beyond the given time period of their awards and contribute to a long-term impact on their work. The invaluable time to work diligently in new spaces and to network with artists from other areas has the potential to impact the trajectory of a Pew Fellow’s career, opening up possibilities for new creative discoveries, which these artists can then bring home for a future impact on the Philadelphia region. “I had such an amazing and productive time,” said musician Greg Osby (2012 Pew Fellow), speaking of his 2013 retreat to the Ucross Foundation in northeast Wyoming. “The change of environment did wonders for my creative flow and I now recognize the value of getting away.”

Read more about Pew Fellowships in the Arts Residency Awards here.