PNC Arts Alive is a multi-million-dollar initiative from the PNC Foundation designed to support the visual and performing arts in three specific regions of the U.S.: greater Columbus and central Ohio, St. Louis and Southern Illinois, and Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
The foundation recently selected 22 Arts Alive grant recipients from this latter group. Since its inception seven years ago, PNC has funded more than 160 programs and invested over $7 million in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area. From our vantage point, there's one major theme running through the missions of most of these winners, and that's a commitment to boosting accessibility to the arts.
So let's take a look at some of the winners, shall we?
The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center will use the funding to present "Wheaton Wide Open Weekends," a series of three-day weekends from July through December with free admission for all visitors. Susan Gogan, executive director of Wheaton Arts, said, "The PNC Arts Alive brand has become a staple in our community and the success of our past Wheaton Wide Open initiatives have had a major impact on Wheaton Arts' strategic planning process."
People's Light and Theatre Company will feature the regional premiere of A Single Shard, a theatrical adaptation by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan of Linda Sue Park’s Newbery Award-winning young adult novel of the same name, and a free series of events and activities associated with the production.
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture will present Arab and Western Classical music with Prometheus Chamber Orchestra at three different neighborhoods in Philadelphia in the Spring of 2016.
PNC Arts Alive will also be the presenter of the 2016 year-round performance series at Fringe Arts’ new location. The series includes dance, theater, and music by artists from Philadelphia and around the world. The goal is to reach over 80,000 audience members with a diverse set of programs in five categories: FringeArts Presents, Studio Series, Music, Scratch Night, and Late Night.
PHILADANCO! will present the 4th annual Founder’s Day Concert at the Dell Music Center. This concert is an affordable option for families and individuals with limited financial means.
Walnut Street Theatre will fund the 2016 production of Peter and the Starcatcher. The project will allow the theater to reengage diverse audiences in the Latino and African-American communities with a new and innovative play that appeals to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Check out the full list of winners here.
And in a similar vein, check out a recent post looking at how the PNC Foundation awarded a four-year, $800,000 grant to strengthen and expand the Pittsburgh CLO's Academy of Musical Theater.