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Pew Center for Arts and Heritage announces over $8.4m in grants

Fellowships and project stipends go to 12 artists and 27 cultural projects in the Philadelphia area

The artist Ibrahim Said, whose work is on view at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. The studio has been awarded a project grant by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Courtesy of the Clay Studio

The non-profit Pew Center for Arts and Heritage has announced over $8.4m in annual grants for Philadelphia artists and art organisations, with funding going to 12 Pew fellowships and 27 project grants.

Each Pew fellowship is an award of $75,000 given to an artist. Among this year’s fellows are the painter Jonathan Lyndon Chase, the ceramicist Robert Lugo, the writer Imani Perry and the choreographer Dinita Clark.

The Philadelphia-based Pew Center’s project grants for public events, exhibitions and performances are awards of up to $400,000, with an additional 20 percent for operating costs, to support cultural programming presented by local institutions. This year’s 27 recipients include an exhibition of the artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, newly commissioned artworks at the William Way LGBT Community Center memorialising Philadelphians who died during the AIDS crisis, and a solo show for the artist Polly Apfelbaum at Arcadia Exhibitions, among others.

“These artists and organisations represent what makes our region such a great destination for culture,” says the center's executive director, Paula Marincola. “We’re proud to elevate their work.”