Meet the 2013 PNC Arts Alive grantees who will make the arts more accessible to diverse audiences in the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey region by offering:

  • Free and discounted arts programming for the whole family.
  • Free public events that introduce the arts in unexpected ways.
  • Ticket subsidy programs that will fill houses.
  • Innovative programs that engage and build young audiences.
  • Mobile and pop-up art-making.


African American Museum of Philadelphia

Come See About Me Presented by PNC Arts Alive will be extended through August 18, 2013. The exhibit celebrates the Supremes’ imprint on fashion, music, civil rights and female empowerment.  New programming such as design workshops, meet-and-greets with Mary Wilson, karaoke events, line dancing parties and free admission on Wednesday evenings will increase accessibility and visibility among diverse audiences.

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center

Presented by PNC Arts Alive, Discover Your Arts will engage new audiences and expand existing ones with reduced and free tickets for 12 select performances at Appel Farm’s Landis Theater. The tickets are for economically-challenged or culturally-underserved residents in the Vineland/South Jersey area.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony

PNC Arts Alive Keeps the Music Playing: Music of Paul McCartney includes subsidized ticket prices for three programs: the Borgata Pops concert Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney; a classical series featuring the music of Brahms, Copland and Beethoven; and the third annual Atlantic City Music Festival.


PNC Arts Alive will again be presenting sponsor of the annual Festival. It will also sponsor the 2014 presentation of 100 Percent Philadelphia, featuring 100 Philadelphia residents telling their life stories.  The performers will be selected to statistically represent the City’s demographics.

InterAct Theatre Company

PNC Arts Alive presents InterAct with Us, an initiative designed to grow young audiences through discounted tickets, combined theater/social events, and interactive technologies. A $15 Young Audience ticket will be offered. Also $10 Fridays for college students, recent graduates and arts-savvy young professionals will pair performances with a social activity.

Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble

Let the Roots Show 2013 Presented by PNC Arts Alive is a celebration of the African roots of contemporary urban dance. Grant support will fund in-school demonstrations for hundreds of students, $8 tickets to the mainstage production at the student and senior matinee and the premiere of a new work featuring community dance enthusiasts.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Symphonic Sportacular is a main stage concert marrying symphonic music with iconic images of Philadelphia’s best-loved athletes and sporting events. The Orchestra will play to the video backdrop of famous moments and events in Philadelphia sports history and legendary broadcaster Merrill Reese will narrate Beethoven’s 5th, presented as a faux sportscast complete with color commentary. The concert will target sports fans and those who participate in recreational sports.

James A. Michener Art Museum

From Philadelphia to Monaco - Grace Kelly an American Icon is an interactive experience illustrating the profound influence of Grace Kelly: Philadelphia-born actress, stage and screen star, fashion icon, princess, United Nations advocate for children, and international spokesperson for art and culture. The exhibition illustrates her life through letters, photographs, awards, jewelry, couture fashion, costumes and other personal artifacts.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

PAFA’s PNC Arts Alive Families Make Art program kicks off with a Family Arts Festival in Lenfest Plaza in October, 2013. Free art-making events continue in PAFA’s studios and at dozens of locations in underserved communities. The program ends with an exhibition in PAFA’s galleries of artwork created by families.


PNC Arts Alive with PHILADANCO: Dancing at the Dell and on the Avenue of the Arts is a six-month program that will provide opportunities for deeper engagement among existing audiences and supporters, while reaching low-income families, youth and seniors primarily in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Film Society

The Philadelphia Children's Film Festival presented by PNC Arts Alive is the first festival in Philadelphia dedicated solely to the presentation of film for children ages three to eighteen. The three-day festival will offer a variety of animated, live-action and experimental shorts and features. Thirty percent of tickets will be complimentary and distributed through partner organizations.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Family First Initiatives Presented by PNC Arts Alive includes the Every Family Party, an annual celebration of the arts for children ages one to 11 and the launch of Art Splash: Summer of Families. This three-month exhibition will transform the Perelman Building into a summer-long center for intergenerational arts experiences, creating a hands-on learning environment and highlighting an abundance of artistic and cultural traditions.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

PNC Arts Alive will support Phase 2 eZseatU Next Generation Pilot Expansion and Sound All Around – education programs for young, diverse audiences. Sound All Around will focus on reaching new families and caregivers by partnering with the Free Library.  eZseatU Next Generation will target young adults through social and networking opportunities and low-cost tickets.

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

PPAC expands its annual Philly Photo Day with 20 new neighborhood murals, ensuring participation among traditionally underserved constituents and 10 satellite exhibitions in collaboration with neighborhood cultural centers around the city.  On Philly Photo Day, PPAC invites everyone in the city to take photos which are exhibited to present a day in the life of Philadelphia.

Theatre Horizon

PNC Arts Alive presents Theatre Horizon’s Season of Accessibility, which features stories relevant to minority and underserved audiences in three productions of 16 performances each. The grant will also sponsor Norristown Neighbor Rush, providing seven free tickets for Norristown residents one hour before curtain for each of the 48 performances.

Walnut Street Theatre

Sponsored by PNC Arts Alive, Walnut Street Theatre’s community outreach for In the Heights is a multi-faceted, audience development initiative aimed at the Greater Philadelphia Latino community.  The centerpiece of the project is two fully-subsidized performances (2,000 tickets) – the first for adults in the Latino community and the second, a student-matinee for high schools in communities with dense Latino populations.

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

PNC Arts Alive Presents Wheaton Wide Open, a month-long open house offering free admission for all children and adults six days a week during the entire month of July 2013. Enhanced programming will include glass bubble blowing, guest artist demonstrations and hands-on workshops.


Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance