Arts and Culture

We believe that arts and culture is the cornerstone of a rich civic life.  Pew supports institutions, artists and projects that inspire, educate and entertain audiences, and contribute to Greater Philadelphia's growing reputation as a cultural destination. Residents and tourists alike can enjoy world-class museums, performances, and exhibitions, tour some of the nation's most treasured historic sites, and visit its renowned public gardens, arboreta, and zoo. We support arts and culture through these key programs:

  • Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

    The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is home for Pew’s dance, music, theater, visual arts, heritage, and artist fellowships. The Center also serves as a convener and thought leader for the cultural community, providing a hub for the exchange of ideas.
  • Cultural Data Project

    The Cultural Data Project is a powerful, online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations, advance learning and exchange within the cultural sector, and help funders more effectively plan for and evaluate their individual and collective grantmaking activities.
  • Audience Engagement

    Pew partners with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to enhance audience engagement efforts among arts and culture organizations.
  • Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program

    The Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program was introduced in 1997 to stimulate leadership and encourage best practices within the cultural community through multi-year, unrestricted grants to organizations.
  • Special Arts and Heritage Projects in Philadelphia

    Pew often takes a leadership role in financing and fundraising for specific arts and culture projects that have significance in Philadelphia.

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A new series of murals, funded by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, runs along a train line in a West Philadelphia neighborhood.

Learn more in the Wall Street Journal article, Love Letter to Philadelphia