What We're Reading: More Than $1 Million in Fellowships Awarded to 12 BIPOC Artists Through Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures Program

From Philadelphia's Cultural Treasures: "The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in collaboration with The Barra Foundation, Neubauer Family Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and Wyncote Foundation announced today $1,170,000 in fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-area artists and cultural practitioners of color through the Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures (PCT) funding initiative.  These fellowships are awarded as part of the regional component of America’s Cultural Treasures, an initiative created by the Ford Foundation. The PCT efforts specifically support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) cultural groups, artists, and organizations with exceptional significance to Greater Philadelphia."

"The PCT artist fellowships recognize and reward the efforts of remarkably talented, Philadelphia-based BIPOC artists and cultural workers who make a material difference in their communities over and above the already challenging work of sustaining their own careers. The awards range from $75,000 to $120,000 in unrestricted funds, with the higher amounts awarded to artists whose contributions have made an impact on the region for 20 years or more. Additionally, $15,000 in retirement savings will be awarded to each fellow along with professional development opportunities to promote their well-being and assist with advancing their work."

“The 2022 Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures fellows represent extraordinary artistic practices and exemplary community-driven work by artists of color that are critical to the city’s cultural landscape,” said Paula Marincola, executive director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. “We are honored and delighted to be a part of the collaborative effort with our regional partners to support these artists’ creative activities and to steward this aspect of the Cultural Treasures funding initiative in Philadelphia.”

Read the full announcement here.