Pew Awards $3.8 Million to Cultural Organizations in the Philadelphia Region

Contact: Cindy Jobbins, 215.575.4812,

Philadelphia, PA - 06/15/2010 - The Pew Charitable Trusts today announced $3,846,000 in unrestricted general operating support to eight Philadelphia-area arts and culture organizations. Pew provides the grants under its Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program (PCLP), which annually rewards organizations in the five-county region that demonstrate excellence in operations, fiscal management and programming.

The grantees are:

  • Brandywine River Museum 
  • Center for Emerging Visual Artists
  • Clay Studio
  • Franklin Institute
  • Morris Arboretum
  • Opera Company of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art 
  • Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
“These organizations have demonstrated strong leadership and financial management while offering high-quality programs for their audiences, even through the economic downturn,” says Gregory Rowe, Pew’s director of Culture Initiatives. “These groups illustrate the excellence and diversity of Philadelphia’s cultural community and we are proud to support their ongoing work.”

Collectively, the eight organizations in the program this year serve approximately 2.1 million residents and visitors annually with art instruction, exhibitions, performances, musical programs, public gardens, and services to contemporary artists.

PCLP grants are awarded to high-performing organizations through a rigorous, competitive review process using experts from outside the region.  The program aims to stimulate leadership and encourage best practices in the cultural community so groups can provide high-quality programs on a sustained basis.

Full descriptions of the grantee organizations and their awards are included below.

2010 Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program Grantees

Brandywine River Museum
— $184,000 
Works to protect, preserve and interpret the cultural, natural and historic resources of the Brandywine region, including the collection of works by the Wyeth family.

Center for Emerging Visual Artists — $30,000
Provides technical assistance and career guidance to young professional artists in the region, and presents public exhibitions and events to promote greater awareness and appreciation of the visual arts.

Clay Studio — $144,000
Supports the ceramic arts through its galleries, artist residencies, studio space, lecture series, outreach activities and permanent collection from its facility in Old City.

Franklin Institute — $720,000
Serves more than one million people each year through exhibitions and outreach programs that are designed to promote the development of a scientifically and technologically literate society.

Morris Arboretum — $252,000
Located in northwest Philadelphia, it attracts nearly 100,000 visitors each year to its public gardens and collections, which are used for teaching, research, outreach and horticultural display.

Opera Company of Philadelphia — $500,000
Presents three major productions each season at the historic Academy of Music, as well as two smaller productions of contemporary works in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater.

Philadelphia Museum of Art — $1,920,000
One of the most significant art collections in the country, it is home to over 225,000 objects, and its education division serves 200,000 individuals each year through workshops and classes.

Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial — $96,000
Serves more than 36,000 students each year through its year-round program of tuition-free classes and low-cost workshops, exhibitions and artist residencies.

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