Philadelphia, February 17, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announced the first grantees for the Performances in Public Spaces program, which will provide grant money to artists and art organizations to cover all costs associated with presenting performances in select parks and plazas across the city.

“I am looking forward to seeing how these performances make use of the diverse, dynamic spaces in the city and the way the public responds to and engages with these performances in non-traditional locations,” said Mayor Nutter. “We hope that this program will demonstrate the breadth and vitality of Philadelphia’s artistic community, encourage people to explore their interests in performance art and inspire continued creative use of public spaces beyond this program.”

The OACCE received applications from 79 artists and performing arts groups for a total of 184 performances. The review panel selected 23 grantees for a total of 24 performances. The grantees are as follows:

  • Ars Nova Workshop at Bartram’s Garden;
  • Bagpipes for All Occasions at Marconi Plaza;
  • Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia at FDR Park;
  • Germantown Artists Roundtable at Vernon Park;
  • INVISIBLE RIVER at Spruce Street Harbor Park;
  • Jazz Bridge at Hawthorne Park;
  • Mad Beatz Music at Fairhill Square Park;
  • Rock to the Future at Clark Park;
  • SEAMAAC at Hawthorne Park;
  • Shakespeare in Clark Park at Clark Park;
  • Sister Cities Girlchoir at Race Street Pier;
  • Tangle Movement Arts at Clark Park;
  • Theatre in the X at Malcolm X Park;
  • Tomorrows Girls/Four Women at Vernon Park;
  • The Clay Studio at Frankford Pause;
  • Harry Walthers Band  at Gorgas Park;
  • Images of the Motherland Interactive Theatre at Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center;
  • Pasion y Arte Flamenco Company at The Porch at 30th Street Station;
  • Philadelphia Folksong Society at Saunders Park;
  • Philadelphia School of Circus Arts at Paine’s Park;
  • Power Street Theatre Company at Frankford Pause;
  • Tonantzin Coatlicue Aztec Dance at Hunting Park, Campbell Square; and
  • Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania at Pearl Street at the Asian Arts Initiative.

“We are excited to present performances as a forum through Performances in Public Spaces. We hope that it will create a strong sense of community and provoke conversations and thoughtful dialogue around the art, which was selected in part based on the relevance to the neighborhood where it is being performed,” said Helen Haynes, Chief Cultural Officer. “Our office is pleased to continue our support of place-based activities, localizing art work by bringing the performances out of the theaters and art institutions directly to citizens; encouraging Philadelphians to explore and appreciate their city in new ways and see different artists and styles, while highlighting Philadelphia’s public spaces.”

All performances will take place between April 1st and November 1st, 2015. This initiative was made possible by the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia and a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a total of $60,000. The grants will be used to cover costs associated with artist fees, marketing materials, production and any other administrative costs incurred by the artist or organization related to a specific performance or a performance series.


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