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Pew Fellowships in the Arts Announces 2011 Fellows

by Philanthropy News Digest

July 23, 2011

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced awards through its Pew Fellowships in the Arts program to twelve Philadelphia-area artists working in a wide variety of disciplines, including architecture, the visual arts, set design, choreography, and poetry.

The 2011 Pew Fellows, four of whom are first-time applicants to the program, will receive $60,000 in recognition of their artistic achievements. The twelve artists comprise the second group to be awarded fellowships under a redesigned, multi-level review process adopted in 2010. Artists who are nominated and invited to apply to the program are evaluated by a panel of experts from a range of artistic disciplines. The process allows for all artistic disciplines to be considered in any given year, including those that did not have a place in previous years.

This year’s fellows include Tania Isaac, who fuses European, African, and Caribbean influences in her choreography; Brian Philips, an architect whose designs couple concerns about environmental cost and sustainability; Jorge Cousineau, a set designer who specializes in lighting design, videography, and music composition; and Jamaaladeen Tacuma, a visual artist, free-jazz bassist, composer, and band leader.

“The Pew Fellowship promises to have a powerful impact on all of the talented practitioners who have emerged in this cycle — new additions to an ongoing list of names that continues to reflect the breadth and scope of Philadelphia’s artistic community,” said PFA director Melissa Franklin.

For a complete list of this year’s PFA fellows, visit the Pew Fellowships in the Arts Web site.

“The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Announces 2011 Pew Fellowships in the Arts Recipients.” Pew Fellowships in the Arts Press Release 7/19/11.

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