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Mayor Nutter and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Announce Grantees for Performance and Public Spaces Program

It may be bitterly cold, but the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s announcement of the Performances in Public Spaces program this week was an early sign that spring is indeed on its way! The inaugural grantees for this exciting new program Recipients will receive funds to cover all costs associated with presenting performances in select parks and plazas across the city. Grantees include: Rock to the Future, Ars Nova Workshop at Bartram’s Garden, and Philadelphia Folksong Society at Saunders Park.


Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy revealed the 23 arts organizations that received funding under the Performances in Public Spaces  program. The grants will be used to help cover costs associated with marketing, production, artist fees, and other administrative cost.

The grantee’s performances will take place between April 1 and November 1, 2015. The initiative is funded by the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia and a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a total of $60,000. 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.

“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.”

The full list of recipients includes:

  • 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.