Meet the 2016 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 in Philadelphia

PNC Arts Alive Celebrates Philadelphia’s Black Arts Movement: PhilAesthetic
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) will curate an original, multidisciplinary exhibition and pop-up experience to examine the arc of creativity, ideology, and style that defines Philadelphia’s Black Aesthetic. PhilAesthetic will celebrate Black Philadelphia’s wide-ranging artistic contributions and their impact across decades, disciplines, and institutions, within and beyond AAMP, Freedom Theatre, Philadanco, and the Clef Club, as well as including the music that defined “The Sound of Philadelphia” and influential visual artists such as Barkley Hendricks. June 2017-August 2017

Asian Arts Initiative

Pearl Street Pop-Up Program Series, Presented by PNC Arts Alive
Asian Arts Initiative is leading a multi-year effort to transform Pearl Street in Chinatown, from a neglected alleyway into a vibrant cultural space. In 2015, support from PNC Arts Alive enabled Asian Arts Initiative to launch arts programming including art installations and performances in unconventional venues. Renewed funding will continue to support this innovative “pop-up” programming, as well as implement a series of colorful murals and architectural art installations. September 2016-August 2017

Bay-Atlantic Symphony

Symphonic PNC: Great Classics and Pops
Bay Atlantic Symphony’s Rat Pack in Vegas will bring the swingin’ songs of The Rat Pack to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa for the wildest party of the year on September 17, 2016. Following its classical roots, the Symphony will then open its 2016-2017 season with Mozart’s Requiem –
 one of the world’s most important pieces of music –
to be performed October 29, 2016 at The Landis Theatre (Vineland, NJ) and October 30, 2016 at Stockton University (Galloway Township, NJ). Tickets for both events will remain low-cost, with support from PNC Arts Alive. September 2016-November 2016

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art

PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families
Since 2014 – and with renewed support in 2016-2017 – PNC Arts Alive enables the Brandywine Museum of Art to enhance the complimentary admission available to all Museum guests on the first Sunday of every month (February through November) with high quality, hands-on arts programming for family audiences. In addition to family-oriented activities, Museum programming includes multidisciplinary offerings for older children and adults, as well as dynamic performances of music, theater, and storytelling. October 2016-August 2017

Cape May Stage

PNC Arts Alive Broadway Series
Cape May Stage’s Broadway Series will bring innovative musical and theatrical programming to South Jersey, based on the hugely successful subscription series at the Hollywood Bowl and other venues. To date, the Cape May Broadway Series has entertained audiences with a broad array of music, including Broadway, jazz, and cabaret. This six-show series will be offered on Monday evenings from Memorial Day through Labor Day, at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse. Support from PNC Arts Alive will remove community barriers to participation. July 2017-August 2017

First Person Arts, Inc.

The 15th Annual First Person Arts Festival, Presented by PNC Arts Alive, and the PNC Story Sparked Series
In 2016, First Person Arts (FPA) will celebrate its 15th anniver-sary, with the largest First Person Arts Festival to date. This includes “Encore” performances that highlight artists and stories from FPA’s history, as well as the popular Grand Slam and a special “All Star” Grand Slam. Two marquee events will provide a platform for the compelling personal stories within our communities, while a new Story Sparked series will invite audience members to reflect and respond to FPA events by recording their own photo and video stories. November 2016

Fleisher Art Memorial

ColorWheels, Presented by PNC Arts Alive
ColorWheels is a one-of-a-kind mobile art studio, delivering hands-on art-making experiences to Philadelphia residents of all ages and backgrounds. PNC Arts Alive helped to launch this creative vehicle in 2012, and since then, ColorWheels has provided 90 art-making events at 55 community sites and events, and engaged more than 5,500 children and adults. Fleisher seeks renewed support to invest in equipment that will expand the types of art-making offered and install a new vehicle sound system to make community events even livelier. September 2016-August 2017


FringeArts Year-Round, Presented by PNC Arts Alive
FringeArts invites PNC Arts Alive to serve as Presenting Sponsor of its year-round performance series, featuring the most innovative dance, theatre, music, and visual arts from around the world. Year-round programming comprises five areas of work by local and international artists. This includes FringeArts Presents, FringeArts Residencies, Scratch Night (highlighting self-produced Fringe artists), Get Pegged Cabaret, and First Friday Music. FringeArts will continue to grow audiences and remove barriers to participation through reduced-price admissions. January 2017-December 2017

James A. Michener Art Museum

PNC Arts Alive Presents: Broadway Cabaret at the Michener
The Michener Art Museum seeks to expand its successful Music at the Michener to include three Broadway Cabarets, to be presented in summer 2017. Featuring populist fare – and complimentary program admission – this new offering will engage new and diverse audiences. All programming is intended to increase community engagement and make the arts more accessible. In this same spirit, the Museum will invite students from Play On Philly! and Musicopia Drumline to provide the opening act. June 2017-August 2017

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Connections at the Mann, Presented by PNC Arts Alive
The Mann seeks to engage young adult audiences through the development of a new concert format that crosses genres. Curated concerts will explore the relationship between classical music and the rock scene, pairing a small ensemble of orchestral musicians with a popular alt-rock band (i.e., Dr. Dog or Kurt Vile & the Violators). Grant funds will additionally enable the Mann to distribute 2,000 complimentary lawn tickets among Connections event attendees to its more traditional concert series. July 2017

Opera Philadelphia

6th Annual Opera on the Mall: Turandot, Presented by PNC Arts Alive
Opera Philadelphia will expand arts access and civic impact through its sixth annual Opera on the Mall. In 2016, this event will be held on Saturday, October 1st. Opera on the Mall 2016 will engage thousands of Philadelphians via a free-to-the-public, open-air event at Independence National Historical Park and will notably feature a HD video broadcast of Puccini’s Turandot. This broadcast will be of the Opera Company’s opening night performance, captured in multi-media HD and including on-screen English subtitles. October 2016

Perkins Center for the Arts

Perkins’ Social Artworking
Support from PNC Arts Alive will advance the Perkins Center’s mission to eliminate financial barriers to the arts, all while growing South Jersey’s arts audiences through a variety of free arts participation opportunities. These include an outdoor concert series in Collingswood and Moorestown; a series of “Summer Creation Stations”, to be hosted at Collingswood Farmers’ Market; a free Artist Open Studio Tour; and free “Lunch and Learn” events, featuring culturally focused demonstrations, lectures, performances, and the like. September 2016-August 2017


PHILADANCO! Home Season Artistic Production, with Support by PNC Arts Alive!
PHILADANCO! Home Season programming is designed to build bridges among diverse cultures and ages. This includes the 46th annual ‘Danco on ‘Danco, designed to highlight cultural traditions through the vision and art of apprentice PHILADANCO dancers; Straight Outta’ Philly, a collaboration between PHILADANCO and the acclaimed hip-hop/modern dance choreographer Rennie Harris Pure Movement; and the 6th Annual Founders Day’ Concert, with outreach to Philadelphia’s diverse communities. September 2016-July 2017

Philadelphia Film Society

PNC Arts Alive Presents PFS On Us
In 2015, the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) created PFF On Us -- a free ticketing program to make the Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) accessible to K-12 and university students, nonprofit organizations, and individuals throughout the region. More than 4,500 tickets were reserved through PFF On Us in its first year. PFS now seeks to grow this program into a year-round film engagement program. The proposed PFS On Us will enable cinematic programming for a number of diverse communities, including families, minorities, low-income communities, and international groups. September 2016-August 2017

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art Splash 2017 and PMA Family Festivals, Presented by PNC Arts Alive
In 2013, PMA launched Art Splash, a first of its kind, summer-long family art experience. More than 27,000 children and families participated in its inaugural year, with 30% of those admitted free or at reduced cost. The program continued in 2015 and will once again open in summer 2016. In 2017, Art Splash will now come to life through the fantastic nature photographs of Michael “Nick” Nichols. Additionally, while Art Splash is a hot spot for creative summer play, PMA’s Family Festivals will draw young people and their adults to the Museum all year long via bi-monthly family arts programs. September 2016-August 2017

Walnut Street Theatre

PNC Arts Alive: New Audience Partner for “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”
The Walnut Street Theatre has announced plans for a range of events designed to introduce millennials to the theatre arts. The centerpiece of this effort will be two PNC Arts Alive sponsored performances of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”, with the theatre working closely with local universities, as well as several young professional organizations, to distribute 1,800 fully-subsidized show tickets. An “After the Laughter” party offering post-show food and drink specials will further reinforce that a night at the theatre is a fun and accessible social experience, hopefully leading to continued audience growth. January 2017-March 2017

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

Wheaton Wide Open Weekends, Presented by PNC Arts Alive
Wheaton Arts is pleased to continue its Wheaton Wide Open Weekends (WWOW) program series, keeping Wheaton Arts’ doors open for free or reduced admission during 13 key weekends throughout the year. In 2016-2017, WWOW will once again enable free access to its Museum of American Glass, the Hot Glass Studio, Folk Life Center, and additional family-oriented workshops and tours, Friday through Sunday of each Wheaton Wide Open Weekend. Visitors will be invited to participate in tours and demonstrations, as well as take part in family programming and children’s activities. September 2016-August 2017



Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance