PNC Arts Alive

Snapshot of Grantees


The PNC Foundation has always believed that engagement in the arts enriches lives and builds stronger, more vibrant communities. Since 2009, the PNC Foundation has supported more than 350 programs in four regions served by PNC, through PNC Arts Alive.

Below is a snapshot of recent PNC Arts Alive grant programming. This list is meant to provide a glimpse into the types of organizations and initiatives that we hand select year over year, challenging visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking in expanding audience participation and engagement.


Grant Recipient Snapshot

Central Ohio

TWISTED 3: a collaboration from CAPA, BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus
A true collaboration among the region’s largest performing arts organizations, Twisted 3 will offer audiences a spectacular performance experience that includes multiple art forms and disciplines, including ballet, opera and orchestral music, performed in the grandeur of the Ohio Theatre. The evening will feature performances of works by BalletMet, the CSO, and Opera Columbus, including Stravinsky's Pétrushka performed with puppetry and live filmmaking; an abridged version of Puccini's comic opera Gianni Schicchi; and a new ballet by BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang, set to the music of Knudåge Riisager and other modern composers. The combination will celebrate and promote Columbus’ growth and vibrancy as an artistic center, engaging thousands of new audiences with this exceptional and entertaining production, which will appeal to diverse tastes.

Glass Axis| Winter 2019
Fantastical Creatures combines the creativity of children with the skills of professional artists. Glass Axis will partner with several local schools during the year, working with students to draw imaginary creatures and to write stories about these fantasy beasts. Glass Axis will pick several drawings and stories and “bring the fantasy to life” by creating 3-D glass models of the creatures.

Thurber House | December 2019
Thurber House will celebrate its 35th anniversary and James Thurber’s 125th birthday in a community-wide celebration: The Year of Thurber. Programming will expand promote Thurber's work and feature numerous community engagement activities as well as a star-studded community-wide

Southeast Florida

All Florida Youth Orchestra
Music STEPS is an after school music education program provided during the school year and summer. Music STEPS has two components: preschool early child development music classes for 185 children, ages babies - five, and instrument instruction during after school hours, for 400 elementary school children in Title I schools. 80% of children served come from low income homes or foster placements, or in families struggling to meet basic needs. 185 early childhood participants will receive music education at Kids in Distress and New Mirawood Academy, which are social-service agencies. At both locations 38 weeks of activities are provided during school year, and six weeks of activities are provided in the summer.

Digital Vibez Inc
In collaboration with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the Digital Expressions-Lifetime of Consequences program will teach youth about crime and gang prevention, making positive choices and will enable youth to tap into their creative and artistic capabilities. Digital Expressions creatively combines art, culture and technology to teach at risk youths about positive social and emotional skills, songwriting, dance, video production and performance. The students love music and we know it is a positive outlet for stress management, which allows them to express themselves creatively and improve their confidence and future outcomes. The students will also produce their own video showing how negative choices produce lasting consequences into adulthood. This impactful video will be used throughout Palm Beach County and beyond.

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Greater St. Louis

Craft Alliance
Craft on… presented by PNC Arts Alive is a series of social, experience-based events designed to introduce new audiences to the Craft Alliance. Crafting feeds the human spirit, expresses generations of history and creativity, and enhances our community by facilitating personal and community connection. "Craft On..." engages diverse audiences with inclusive experiences that highlight the pleasures and benefits of crafting in improving everyday life, including: a project to "re-craft" Craft Alliance's building facade, hands-on making in public spaces, conversations about crafting, and community collaborations.

Opera Theater of St. Louis
During the 2020 festival season, PNC Arts Alive presents Music & the Mind, an Exploration of Health and Art. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) will stage the world premiere of AWAKENINGS, a new opera based on the groundbreaking neurological work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, which addresses encephalitis lethergica (sleeping sickness). As the company presents this opera, OTSL will seek to engage the innovation, medical, psychology and music therapy communities to further explore the connection between music and the mind.

The Luminary
The Luminary’s ambitious new project, Laboratory for Suburbia, will commission artists to create interactive bus tours and cultural gatherings in diverse, suburban St. Louis communities. These pop-up festivals will feature artist-designed bus tours through each community, culminating in gatherings that animate unique locations in the region’s suburban fabric with dynamic programs of performances, talks and film screenings.

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Philadelphia, Delaware & Southern New Jersey

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
“Funun”, which is Arabic for “Arts”, is a program series that will open the doors of Al-Bustan's ("The Garden's") newly established community hub every Friday evening, for Arabic inspired art, music, poetry, film, talks, food, and comedy programming. Al-Bustan's newly established community-facing headquarters is a 650-square foot flexible space that is equal parts gallery for displaying artwork, and an event space that can accommodate a range of artistic disciplines and performances, both free and ticketed. Best of all, the space is located on one the city’s most bustling West Philadelphia / University City streets, making outdoor neighborhood programing more of a possibility than ever before. With support from PNC, Al-Bustan envisions the following Funun: Friday Arts Series schedule, with all programs representing the people, language, art, music, dance, literature, and even food of the Arab world. First Fridays will feature musical performances; Second Fridays will include poetry readings / spoken word / open mic events; Third Fridays will include short and feature-length film screenings; Fourth Fridays will highlight food and conversation with a featured guest speaker; and the occasional Fifth Friday will serve as a comedy night. This program represents a unique opportunity to bring quality artistic presentations featuring Arab and non-Arab artists to light, promoting cross-cultural exchange and understanding, both among the ethnically and socio-economically diverse populations of West Philadelphia, Arab American and recent immigrant communities, and the city’s broader student and family population.

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will transport a full string orchestra, complete with a violin soloist, from behind the closed doors of its home performance venue to the city's outdoor parks for a series of four seasonal concerts featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons -- a musical masterpiece inspired by nature. In partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, this concert series will be held at such iconic Philadelphia parks as Rittenhouse Square, Independence Square, the city's Horticulture Center (Greenhouse), and Eakins Oval. All concerts will break down barriers in order to reach diverse audiences and serve as a creative way to connect culture and nature at key points throughout the calendar year. Planned concerts are free of charge and open to anyone, and each concert will target a different demographic, including rush-hour commuters, families, young adults, visitors, and locals. Perhaps most importantly, all performance dates will be dictated by the “seasons". By literally tearing down walls, this project will build exposure to the arts by transporting music directly into people's spaces and daily lives, rather than requiring them to attend a concert in a formal setting. This project will bring inspiring musical experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds, including those who may not previously had much contact with classical music and musicians, and all in some of Philadelphia’s most stunning outdoor settings.

PAFA: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
With support from PNC Arts Alive, PAFA will continue to activate the outdoor plaza space between its two main buildings, using innovative digital media technologies to create and present original, site-specific digital artworks onto the façade of PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building in Center City Philadelphia. Now entering its second year, this effort is meant to invigorate new and returning audiences to the wonders of the museum, and connect the art inside with the surrounding urban landscapes – something that is all the more critical during these days of social distancing and outdoor art consumption. Indeed, the use of digital media in this way will present an innovative and effective way to activate PAFA’S publicly accessible space, while highlighting the museum’s collections in ways that are non-invasive to the historic building. Three new works will be commissioned during the grant term, each with thematic ties to PAFA exhibitions, among them Fresh & Fierce: Women’s Artistic Networks, Joan Semmel: Centered, and works from the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women. Importantly, this focus on female artists will showcase PAFA’s collection and its long history of exhibiting and collecting art by women, while at the same time providing an opening for discussions about equity, gender, and the ability of art to engage these topics.

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Funded Arts Programs

Since 2009, PNC Arts Alive funded programs have extended the ability of arts communities, in four regions served by PNC, to create innovative exhibits and experiences that have reached hundreds of thousands of people.

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