Monday, September 22, 2014
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Wm. Penn awards $16 million

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.

Wm. Penn awards $16 million

By Stephan Salisbury
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

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.

About this blog
Toby Zinman's night job since 2006 is theater critic for the Inquirer. She also is a contributing writer for Variety and American Theatre magazine. Her day job: Prize-winning prof at UArts, author of four books about four playwrights (Rabe, McNally, Miller, Albee), and doer of scholarly deeds (winner of five NEH grants, Fulbright lecturer at Tel Aviv University, visiting professor in China). Her 'weekend' job as a travel writer provides adventure: dogsledding in the Yukon, ziplining in Belize, walking coast-to-coast across England, and cowboying in the Australian Outback.


Wendy Rosenfield has written freelance features and theater reviews for The Inquirer since 2006. She was theater critic for the Philadelphia Weekly from 1995 to 2001, after which she enjoyed a five-year baby-raising sabbatical. She serves on the board of the American Theatre Critics Association, was a participant in the Bennington Writer's Workshop, a 2008 NEA/USC Fellow in Theater and Musical Theater, and twice was guest critic for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's Region II National Critics Institute. She received her B.A. from Bennington College and her M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She also is a fiction writer, was proofreader to a swami, publications editor for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and spends all her free time working out and driving people places. Follow her on Twitter @WendyRosenfield.


Jim Rutter has reviewed theater for The Inquirer since September, 2011. Since 2006, he covered dance, theater and opera for the Broad Street Review, and has also written for many suburban newspapers, including The Main Line Times. In 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a Fellowship in Arts Journalism. Thames & Hudson released his updated and revised version of Ballet and Modern Dance in June, 2012. From 1998 to 2005, he taught philosophy and logic at Drexel, and then Widener University. He also coaches Olympic Weightlifting for Liberty Barbell, and has competed at the national level in that sport since 2001.


Merilyn Jackson regularly writes on dance for The Inquirer and other publications. She specializes in the arts, literature, food, travel, and Eastern European culture and politics. In 2001, she was dance critic in residence at the Festival of Contemporary Dance in Bytom, Poland; in 2005, she received an NEA Critics’ Fellowship to Duke University’s Institute for Dance Criticism. She likes to say that dance was her first love but that when she discovered writing she began to cheat on dance. Now that she writes about dance, she’s made an honest woman of herself, although she also writes poetry.

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