Wm. Penn awards $16 million

By Stephan Salisbury

Dance USA/Philadelphia, an advocacy and service organization, has received a three-year, $950,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation, the philanthropy announced Thursday. In addition, William Penn said it awarded $200,000 to Dance USA grant to help fund its 2013 annual conference, which will bring over 600 dancers and dance professionals to Philadelphia in the summer.

All told, William Penn announced 37 grants totaling about $16 million. Funding was dispensed in several broad areas, including arts and culture, children, youth and families, and environment and communities. Grants were also announced for capital and regranting programs.

In addition to the two Dance USA-related grants, 12 other arts and culture groups, many of them performing-arts organizations, will receive funds.

The Philadelphia Fringe/Live Arts Festival, for instance, will receive $610,000 toward renovation of a new headquarters and performance venue in an old Water Department pumping station located at Columbus Boulevard and Race Street.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will receive $300,000 toward 2013 programming and operating costs.

Piffaro The Renaissance Band will receive nearly $200,000 to implement its strategic plan.

Theatre Exile Company will receive $300,300 toward various expenses through fiscal 2014.

Among other arts recipients, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was awarded $500,000 toward its contemporary art program.

The grants also included $2,000,000 for the purposes of regranting through Artplace, a national collaborative of foundations, nonprofits and government agencies focused on fostering economic development through cultural activity.