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William Penn Foundation awards $11.8 million in Arts & Culture funding

Thursday, May 30, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (May 30, 2019) – Today the William Penn Foundation announced $11.8 million in funding for 35 arts and culture organizations. These grants offer unrestricted operating support to a range of arts and culture organizations that contribute significantly to the vibrancy of the Philadelphia region.

“This unrestricted funding for a range of arts organizations reflects a diversity of artistic disciplines as well as organizational sizes and operating budgets. It is intended to provide flexibility to support mission-related expenses, to experiment with new artistic programming, and to explore approaches to achieving sustainability and organizational health,” said Leonard C. Haas, Chair of the William Penn Foundation’s Art Review Committee.

This round of Core Support grants was awarded to the following organizations:

  • Asian Arts Initiative
  • Astral Artists
  • Azuka Theatre
  • Barnes Foundation
  • Bristol Riverside Theater
  • Bucks County Historical Society Mercer Museum
  • Center for Art in Wood
  • Center for Emerging Visual Artists
  • Clay Studio
  • Dolce Suono Ensemble
  • Ego PO
  • Franklin Institute
  • German Society of Pennsylvania
  • Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
  • Inis Nua Theatre Company
  • Interact Theatre Company
  • Intercultural Journeys
  • Kimmel Center
  • Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble
  • Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
  • Network for New Music
  • Painted Bride Art Center
  • People’s Light and Theatre Company
  • Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
  • Philadelphia Folklore Project
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia Theatre Company
  • Piffaro the Renaissance Band
  • Playpenn
  • PRISM Quartet
  • Rosenbach Museum and Library
  • Tempesta di Mare
  • Theatre Horizon
  • Vox Populi
  • Zoological Society of Philadelphia



About the William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. The Foundation’s assets exceed $2.3 billion as of December 31, 2018. Visit the foundation's website to learn more.