Meet the 2015 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.


Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Arab Music Meets Classical Series: Bring Your Own Drum! 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. The series will include pre-concert percussion workshops that allow audience members to participate during interactive portions of the concerts. March - June 2016.

Asian Arts Initiative

The Pearl Street Pop Up Series will present new strands of arts programming in the unconventional setting of the Pearl Street alley in Chinatown North. Events and happenings will include visual art installations and site-specific performances inspired by the physical and social landscape of the alley and the wider neighborhood. July 2015 through October 2016.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony

Symphonic PNC – Great Classics and Pops will be held at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City on September 19. It will feature the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with Broadway singers Teri Dale Hansen and Nathaniel Stampley, and hosted by Oscar Andy Hammerstein III. Music from Broadway favorites like “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” and “The Sound of Music” will be featured. In addition, the 2015 classical summer series at the Borgata’s Music Box will be performed July 19, August 2 and August 30, 2015. The classical series will include powerhouses Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Rimsky- Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and will feature such dynamic soloists as the First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition cellist Christine Lamprea and New Jersey pianist Terrence Wilson.

Brandywine River Museum

Beginning in 2016, Brandywine River Museum of Art will offer six free family admission days on the first Sunday of the month. Families will have the chance to explore the museum’s unparalleled collection of American art, including works by three generations of the Wyeth family, native gardens, and special exhibitions and participate in high quality, hands-on arts programming. Free Sunday activities will take place between 11 AM and 2 PM in February, March, April, May, October and November.

Cape May Stage

Cape May Stage will produce 14 family-oriented theatre arts programs combining daytime workshops and evening performances with recognized professionals. Each workshop – performance combination will focus on a different aspect of theatre, to illustrate how improvisation, illusion, music, puppetry, staging, playacting, and mimicry can be used to tell a story. The series is scheduled from June through October in 2015 and again in 2016. Attendees are invited onstage during the workshops. During evening performances, participants become audience members sharing reactions to what happens onstage. Members of Cape May’s year-round community will be encouraged to participate in the summer family events, and also to participate in a winter workshop performance program (2015-2016).

Clay Studio

The Clay Studio's (TCS) Hands On Clay project uses clay to break the barriers of who is "creative" by welcoming all to get their hands dirty. As part of First Friday gallery openings in June - October 2015 and 2016, TCS will host free, public workshops taught by Clay Studio teaching artists. During these workshops visitors can create a ceramic piece of their own in a social workshop setting. In addition, TCS will create “pop up” ceramic studios in public spaces and at festivals. These will include a head-to-head competition or “Wheel Battles” on the potter’s wheel. “Battles” include: creating the tallest vessel, throwing blind–folded, the most mugs in three minutes, and a tandem throw wherein audience members and the artist team up to throw the tallest vessel. In the fall, TCS will host Clayfest, which allows community members to learn to create with clay and interact with ceramic artists. Activities include "Wheel Battles," artist demonstrations, “paint your own” vessel activities, clay animation production, and more.

First Person Arts

Held annually in Philadelphia since 2002, the First Person Arts Festival is the only festival of its kind, dedicated to presenting art based on real life stories by well-known and emerging artists working across artistic disciplines. Recent FPA Festival artists include novelist Toni Morrison, activist Angela Davis, actress Janeane Garofalo, chef and memoirist Marcus Samuelsson, lead singer of Earth, Wind, & Fire Philip Bailey, monologist Mike Daisey, Obie Award-winning playwright Dael Orlandersmith, and Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate, Sonia Sanchez. The 14th Annual First Person Arts Festival Presented by PNC Arts Alive will take place November 4-21, 2015 in multiple venues across Philadelphia. To receive info about the 14th Annual First Person Arts Festival, sign up for the First Person Arts email list here.


PNC Arts Alive will be the presenter of the 2016 year-round performance series at Fringe Arts’ new home. The series includes dance, theater, and music by high caliber artists from Philadelphia and around the world. The hope is to reach 83,000 audience members with a diverse set of programs in five categories: FringeArts Presents, Studio Series, Music, Scratch Night, and Late Night. In addition, FringeArts and restaurant partner, La Peg, will also host events designed to attract diverse audiences, with the goal of engaging audiences in artistic experimentation and innovation.

InterAct Theatre Company

PNC Arts Alive will be named Audience Action Sponsor for InterAct’s inaugural season at The Drake from October 2015 - June 2016, and featured as such on all printed and electronic materials. Under the umbrella of Audience Action, InterAct will continue the PNC Arts Alive subsidized ticket program, which will be renamed $10 ACTION TIX. These complimentary tickets will be distributed to a selection of groups, organizations, or social networks whose work or interests intersect with the topics or themes of a given production. Special effort will be made to reach underserved groups and millennial audiences.

New Hope Arts

The PNC Arts Alive Outdoor Sculpture Project is a free and accessible public art display creating an artistic gateway into the Borough of New Hope. Presently, the Sculpture Project consists of 8 sculptures in situ. Under the PNC Arts Alive umbrella the program will expand beginning in late May 2015, adding at least seven (7) new pieces through Summer and Fall of 2015 and Spring 2016. The official opening for the exhibition is planned for July 4th weekend 2015. This walk-able family friendly public art display will be explored and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Artist selection, site preparation, installation and maintenance will be administered by New Hope Arts.

Opera Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia will celebrate the opening weekend of its season with a free-to-the-public, open-air broadcast of Verdi’s La traviata. The fifth annual Opera on the Mall will offer a large-scale, shared cultural experience through a broadcast of the previous evening’s opening night performance, richly captured in HD with multiple cameras. The opera, sung in Italian, will be shown with English subtitles, and the music will be delivered through a state-of-the-art audio array. Opera Philadelphia is continuing its mission-driven effort to bring opera outside of the opera house and engage new audiences, especially from underserved communities that may not otherwise have easy access to the arts. The festival-style, civic event will invite the region’s residents and visitors to experience world-class artistry through the performance of one of the most beloved titles in the operatic canon at Independence National Historical Park. The event will be held on Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m. with the rain date of Oct. 4. Registration for free tickets opens on September 2, 2015 at

Pasion y Arte Flamenco

Philly Tablao will present Philadelphia’s two premier flamenco companies: Pasion y Arte and De Luna a Lunares featuring special invited Flamenco masters from Spain at the Asian Arts Initiative. Each company and artist will present their unique interpretation of flamenco in an intimate setting where wine and tapas will be served. Tablao is the traditional performance setting for popular flamenco that first appeared in the 18th- and 19th-century Spain. Tablaos in Spain and around the world continue to gather diverse audiences for an evening of food, drink and flamenco cante (song), toque (quitar) and baile by masters of the art form in an informal atmosphere of merriment.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Family Arts Academy encourages family members to connect via the creative process by stretching their imaginations, and learning new artistic skills. The program kicks-off with a Family Arts Festival on PAFA’s Lenfest Plaza, featuring performances, art-making, and community projects. All workshops are FREE and open to the public, broadening access to the arts throughout Philadelphia. Emphasis is on families and children working together, which is a known factor in improving student academic achievement. PAFA also helps parents learn how to talk to their kids about art and encourage them to explore their creativity, and gives tips on integrating art into daily life with suggestions of low-cost/free artistic projects. Family Arts Academy also encompasses Pre-K Tours for families, which address school readiness.

People’s Light & Theatre Company

PNC Arts Alive Wide Welcome features 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 this production. Set in 12th Century Korea, A Single Shard is a powerful and uplifiting coming-of-age story that follows an 12 year-old orphan who strives to find a better life. Program to include: Welcome Wednesdays, Welcome Nights/Afternoons at the Theatre and Welcome Access and Community Performances.

Perkins Center for the Arts

Social Artworking focuses on eliminating financial barriers to the arts through: Free professional outdoor concert performances of classical and contemporary music in Collingswood and Moorestown; Free Summer Arts & Eco Camp tuition and transportation for Camden youth, a full-day multi-week program at Perkins Center, Moorestown; Free bi-weekly Final Friday workshops encouraging family participation via “making stations” designed to facilitate collaborative creations by the Camper and his/her family; Free and low-cost “creation stations” during the Collingswood Farmers’ Market (taking place in front of Perkins Center, Collingswood) which create a direct connection to the artwork on view in Perkins Center’s gallery.

PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company

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. A unique aspect to the Founder’s Day Concert is that the audience experiences not only superb performances by the professional company but also the creative and innovative presentations by Danco 2 (D/2) Apprentice Company and Danco 3 (D/3) Youth Ensemble with invited renowned Guest Artists.

Xmas Philes created by highly acclaimed choreographer Danny Ezralow has been a holiday tradition in Philadelphia and one of PHILADANCO’s most requested works. Xmas Philes will be back at the Kimmel Center in December with six performances. It has been described as infectious, bold, colorful, disarming and fun and yet messages of trust, protection, resolve and rebirth emerge to capture the hearts and minds of the audience.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art Splash will return to the PMA this summer, with daily family programming, hands-on studio activity, and in-gallery exploration designed to bring the visual arts to life for families across the region. This year’s Art Splash will feature fresh programming and a new family-friendly app that draws upon PMA’s popular children’s publication, A is for Art Museum (2008), to encourage kids and their grownups to see art in new ways and turn a trip to the museum into a treasure hunt. With support from PNC, free or significantly reduced-cost Art Splash admission will be provided to up to 10,000 Philadelphia community members. (Kids under 12 admitted free each day.)

Philadelphia Orchestra

Sound All Around (SAA), eZseatU and Young Friends programs work collectively to engage audiences from pre-school aged children through millennials to develop lifelong connections to classical music. Through SAA, the Orchestra provides a low-cost avenue for children 3-5 years old to attend interactive music education experiences. eZseatU and Young Friends continues the Orchestra’s engagement of younger audiences by providing low costs access for young adults ages 18-40. Through an online membership program, eZseatU allows undergraduate and graduate students to pay a one-time $25 membership fee that provides access to the Orchestra’s concerts at no additional costs per ticket. Students “graduating” from eZseatU can continue to deepen their participation through the Orchestra’s Young Friends program. This program continues to cultivate these Young Friends (ages 21-40) through innovative partnerships with established local corporate and other non-profit young friends groups, networking and special events. Together, the aforementioned programs are moving the Orchestra towards the future as it continues to develop its next generation of loyal followers, patrons, and fans.

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is launching an expansion of its extremely popular Philly Photo Day event, extending it regionally. An expanded print and transit advertising campaign will increase engagement, urging everyone to take out their phones and cameras on October 9, 2015 and capture a view of life in the region. Together these thousands of images will provide a portrait of the Greater Philadelphia area. Everyone is invited to take a photograph and submit online for inclusion in the gallery exhibition, online exhibition, and outdoor public art display. The images will be mapped online using geo-tagging so that anyone anywhere can view the images by location, increasing engagement with the photographs over a full-year online. 3 winning photographs will be exhibited on posters throughout Septa’s regional rails. Additionally, one person will be chosen for the top prize of having their car wrapped in their photograph, using the same technique seen on city buses!

Scribe Vide Center

FreeView, presented by PNC Arts Alive is an audience development initiative designed to introduce underserved audiences to the joys and potential of independently produced film.
These films are not the ones that are screening at the local multiplex. Featured films will include documentary, narrative and experimental works that represent voices outside the mainstream including African-American, Latino, Asian-American, and African filmmakers and films that give voice to racially and economically disadvantaged groups. Working in partnership with community organizations representative of underprivileged audiences, Scribe will provide 40 free tickets to 12 Producers’ Forum screenings and offer free admission for 18 Storyville screenings.

Walnut Street Theatre

PNC Arts Alive is the Community Partner for Walnut Street Theatre’s 2016 production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Building on the successful partnership with PNC Arts Alive during the past two seasons, this project will allow the Walnut 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. The program includes two PNC Arts Alive sponsored community performances with post-show talkbacks. Complimentary tickets remove economic barriers, especially for families seeking affordable ways to enrich their children’s lives through the arts.

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

Wheaton Wide Open Weekends will offer free admission over ten key weekends from July – December 2015 and feature hands on activities and art marking experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Key community partners and other local non-profits will participate each weekend adding to the depth of the experience.



Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance