PNC Arts Alive

Snapshot of Grantees


The PNC Foundation has always believed engagement in the arts enriches lives and builds stronger, more vibrant communities.  Since 2009, the PNC Foundation has supported more than 340 programs through PNC Arts Alive and we are excited to support even more, now that we've introduced the PNC Arts Alive program in the Florida East region.

Below is a snapshot of PNC Arts Alive’s 2016 Grantees. This provides 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

Columbus Museum of Art - “I Too Sing of America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100”
An original exhibition curated by Columbus native and highly acclaimed writer Wil Haygood. The exhibition will include a selection of books, sheet music, and print ephemera from the period will showcase the innovative and expansive cultural output produced in Harlem during this unforgettable epoch of American history. Dedicated, immersive spaces will enhance the visitors’ experience. 

King Arts Complex – MLK: 50 Years Later
A citywide arts celebration will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2018. Programming will include panel discussions, writing seminars, theatrical productions, keynote presentations, photography exhibitions and musical tributes.  Attendees will be able to share and record their personal stories through interactive video testimonial booths at each event. These vignettes will be edited into a documentary film by students from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus – The Shakepeare Underground
An exuberant, fun take on Shakespeare’s classic plays, this program combines elements of guerrilla street theater and traditional Elizabethan staging methods.  Shakespearian plays will be edited into 90-minute productions and audiences will be treated to new productions of a classic works performed in unique and non-traditional venues.

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Florida East Coast

Coral Springs Museum of Art - All Around Art
The movement is designed to make diverse audiences of children think about the impact of art on and in their everyday lives. With this movement children will be challenged to think about each piece of art, not just about how it makes them feel or what the artist was thinking in creating the piece, but how that particular piece of art could fit into society and their individual and unique life.

Jacksonville Kid's Mural Project
A comprehensive mural project that travels to various schools in Jacksonville, Florida using art and creativity to inspire and motivate underserved children in our community. At each school a temporary wall will be built where professional working artists will paint a coloring book-style mural on the wall that kids will then work together to paint under the supervision and encouragement of the artist.

Core Ensemble
The Core Ensemble will offer three artist residencies with actors, focused on famous & influential Hispanics in history; vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance featuring music and poetry of the Jazz Age and performances and educational programs celebrating Women's History Month and the achievements of African American women. These performances are open to the public and free.

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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 & Southern New Jersey

First Person Arts
In 2016, First Person Arts (FPA) will celebrate its 15th anniversary, with the largest 'First Person Arts Festival' to date.  This includes “Encore” performances that highlight artists and stories from FPA’s history, as well as the popular Grand Slam and a special “All Star” Grand Slam.  Two marquee events will provide a platform for the compelling personal stories within our communities, while a new Story Sparked series will invite audience members to reflect and respond to FPA events by recording their own photo and video stories.

James A. Michener Art Museum
The Michener Art Museum seeks to expand its successful 'Music at the Michener' to include three Broadway Cabarets, to be presented in summer 2017.  Featuring populist fare – and complimentary program admission – this new offering will engage new and diverse audiences. All programming is intended to increase community engagement and make the arts more accessible.  In this same spirit, the Museum will invite students from Play On Philly! and Musicopia Drumline to provide the opening act.

Opera Philadelphia
Opera Philadelphia will expand arts access and community engagement through its sixth annual 'Opera on the Mall.' 'Opera on the Mall 2016' will engage thousands of Philadelphians via a free-to-the-public, open-air event at Independence National Historical Park and will notably feature a HD video broadcast of Puccini’s 'Turandot'. This broadcast will be of the Opera Company’s opening night performance, captured in multi-media HD and including on-screen English subtitles.

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Funded Arts Programs

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

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