Invigorating Civic Life


Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia

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Four Philly institutions receive $1.8 million in awards

Nearly $2 million has been given to support Philadelphia-area organizations working to inform the public about the historical heritage of the region and nation. Distributed over two to three years, the grants will enhance the visitor experience at the Independence Visitor Center; support the creation of an exhibit about the Civil War and Reconstruction period’s impact on the U.S. Constitution at the National Constitution Center; advance public knowledge of American enterprise and innovation at the Hagley Museum and Library; and fund programming by the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine that will inform scholars and the public about groundbreaking scientific developments.

Grants support Philadelphia’s vulnerable adults

In March, the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services announced it will provide $6.98 million over the next three years to 41 Philadelphia-area nonprofits that help people struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, and extended unemployment. Agencies that are receiving the grants will help an estimated 35,000 people on an annual basis, including low-skilled individuals to secure competitive employment, and domestic abuse survivors and those with serious mental health issues transition to independence and stability.

Invigorating civic life

Kiera Duffy as Bess, the heroine in the opera Breaking the Waves at Opera Philadelphia. (© Dominic M. Mercier/Courtesy of Opera Philadelphia)

Recognition for Pew Arts & Heritage supported projects

  • The Barnes Foundation has garnered extensive media coverage for the multifaceted Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, which surveys works from over 50 international artists. The Associated Press noted how the exhibition is “taking art to the streets—and bringing the streets into the museum—as part of a major new exhibition that looks at engaging with public space and the urban experience.”
  • Opera Philadelphia continues to receive widespread recognition for its innovative commission of Breaking the Waves by Missy Mazzoli, which has been nominated for a 2017 International Opera Award. David Devan, Opera Philadelphia’s general director and president, described the project in the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a catalytic moment in the company’s history.” With plans to tour the new opera nationally and internationally, the company has released a free, on-demand audio stream of Breaking the Waves.