The PNC Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1 million to extend regional access to performances and the arts. This year, the fourth of a five-year grant-making cycle, 25 organizations received funding through the PNC Arts Alive program, foundation officials said.

The largest grant, $80,000, went to the Philadelphia Orchestra to support educational programs for young people around the city. PNC has consistently supported the orchestra's outreach effforts.

The Asian Art Initiative, in contrast, is a first-time grantee, receiving $40,000 for a series of public workshops exploring two diverse neighborhoods - Chinatown and South Philadelphia.

Other first-time grantees include:

First Person Arts, $30,000, for the Philadelphia Story Project, to present personal stories from three immigrant communities culminating in Story Day; the Mendelssohn Club, $25,000, for its Big Sing community series;

Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, $35,000, for free Wednesday admission and transportation to Othello; and Theatre Horizon, $25,000, to support free tickets to its season.

Repeat grantees include the African American Museum in Philadelphia, $75,000, to support Come See About Me, an exhibition exploring the impact of the Supremes on fashion, music, civil rights and women's experience.

Others repeat grantees are:

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, $45,000, for ticket subsidies; Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, $30,000, to provide African American and Latin American high school students access to rehearsals; Cape May Stage, $30,000, to introduce individuals and families from diverse backgrounds to live theater;

Fleisher Art Memorial, $35,000, for ColorWheels, a mobile arts studio that will bring art making to low-income and immigrant communities in South Philadelphia; the Kimmel Center, $50,000, for subsidized tickets;

Koresh Dance Company, $35,000, for a summer dance festival; the Opera Company of Philadelphia, $40,000, for opera-themed family activities on three Saturdays at the Academy of Music; People's Light and Theatre Company, $40,000, for half-price ticketing nights, free dress rehearsals and student rush prices; Perkins Center for the Arts, $40,000, for public performances at community festivals;

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe, $50,000, for PNC Arts Alive festival sponsorship; Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, $40,000, to stage The Meal, a series of visual and performance art pieces; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, $55,000, to support family access;

Scribe Video Center, $35,000, for free outdoor films and discussions in 14 different locations throughout the city; Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, $35,000, for Family Fun Days on Sundays from June to December.

Grants also went to four Arts Alive service partners: the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, $40,000; ArtReach, $15,000; the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, $50,000; and Open Minds, $20,000.

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