Special Arts and Heritage Projects in Philadelphia

In addition to these programs, Pew often takes a leadership role in financing and fundraising for specific arts and culture projects that have significance in Philadelphia.  

Pew has encouraged a revitalization of Philadelphia's arts and cultural scene that is helping to improve the city's broader economic outlook. Sometimes, Pew's efforts go beyond its existing support of arts and culture organizations by bringing leadership and funding into specific projects.  For example, Pew helped create the coalition of donors that kept the Thomas Eakins painting The Gross Clinic in Philadelphia.

And when one of the world's premier art institutions—the Barnes Foundation—approached us for help, we worked closely with the Annenberg and Lenfest foundations and other civic leaders to galvanize financial and other support for the Barnes' plan to relocate to a more accessible home in central Philadelphia. (For more information on our role with the Barnes, please see our FAQ.)

Pew also took a leadership role in supporting and raising funds for the new Benjamin Franklin Museum set to open at Independence National Historical Park in summer 2013.


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