ARTS AND CULTURE HUBS
The following organizations were awarded unrestricted multiyear general operating support:

 

ARTS EDUCATION AND EXPOSURE

  • Kimmel Center, Inc. for musical theater arts education programs offered in partnership with Philadelphia schools, including a summer camp for students with a deeper interest in musical theater. ($600,000 over 35 months)
  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts for the expansion of arts education experiences and programming to students in the Parkside neighborhood of Philadelphia. ($450,000 over 31 months)

 

ARTS PRESENTATION AND ART MAKING

  • Power Street Theatre Company (fiscally sponsored by CultureTrust) for the development and production of its first ever musical telling the story of a Syrian and a Cuban refugee, with ten performances and accompanied community engagement in North Philadelphia. ($310,000 over 30 months)
  • InterAct Theatre Company to design and launch The Philly Cycle, a play commissioning project that uses community engagement to inform and create three new plays telling the stories of Philadelphia communities that reflect the lived experience of a more diverse range of people. ($652,000 over 59 months)
  • Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Inc. to create a framework for inclusion that supports deeper, ongoing collaborative conversations, and advances the creative practice of the company's highly participatory work for audiences. ($406,250 over 34 months)
  • Opera Philadelphia to engage more diverse audiences across Philadelphia through its O Festivals and connect them to diverse artistic offerings and presentations of the work of BIPOC artists. ($1,000,000 over 22 months)
  • Partners for Sacred Places, Inc. to produce and present a city-wide pipe organ festival and community concerts for increased access to and engagement with performing arts in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. ($300,000 over 17 months)
  • Philadelphia Orchestra Association to support the Our City, Your Orchestra's in person and virtual collaborative community programming and conduct planning with community partners to better understand the community’s interests and needs. ($900,000 over 36 months)
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) to support the presentation of three exhibitions and accompanied programming around who is included in and who tells the stories of American art. ($600,000 over 23 months)
  • University of Pennsylvania – WXPN -FM to support Black Music City, a project recognizing and honoring the influence of Philadelphia Black music history by awarding grants to Black creatives for new work. ($200,000 over 11 months)

 

PUBLIC SPACE CREATION AND STEWARDSHIP

  • Called to Serve CDC to benefit residents of Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood through the construction and management of the Reverend Leon H. Sullivan Community Impact Center, in partnership with Mosaic Development Partners. ($1,000,000 over 24 months)
  • Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation to increase access to a green, safe gathering places in West Philadelphia through physical improvements, community engagement, and educational programming for Walnut Hill Community Farm and Max Paul Park. ($211,321 over 12 months)
  • Friends of the Rail Park to strengthen the Rail Park’s ability to engage existing stakeholders and communities by creating more inclusive and equitable programs and planning in advance of the planned expansion. ($450,000 over 36 months)
  • HACE - Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises to expand access to public space in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia by completing construction of the Rail Yard Park, located at the intersection of American and Indiana Streets. ($1,650,000 over 30 months)
  • Historic Philadelphia, Inc. to improve the experiences of children, families, and other visitors at Franklin Square through language and restroom accessibility, as well as playful learning spaces. ($500,000 over 27 months)
  • Norris Square Neighborhood Project to support its operations and strengthen the organization to benefit the residents of Norris Square through additional staffing and capacity for planning, maintaining, and expanding six green spaces and associated educational programming. ($372,000 over 36 months)
  • William Way LGBT Community Center to create a welcoming and accessible community space that more fully serves its constituents’ needs through the exterior restoration and interior renovation of the community center. ($1,000,000 over 12 months)

 

EQUITABLE ECONOMIC IMPACTS

  • Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) to help community organizations leverage public and community spaces as engines for economic equity and support the creation of cooperative business enterprises. ($238,800 over 20 months)

 

WPF FUND
In addition to the 29 grants mentioned above, two Creative Communities grantees were awarded one-time civic opportunities grants through our WPF Fund.

  • Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to update a concept plan responding to accelerated development in the area surrounding Graffiti Pier and portions of the Delaware River Trail. ($440,000 over 18 months)
  • Parkway Council Foundation to support increased leadership and staff capacity to implement and program a people-friendly Parkway through robust stewardship efforts. ($177,825 over 24 months)

 

If you have questions about our Creative Communities grant portfolio, please email Jasmine Wallack.