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 in four regions served by PNC, through PNC Arts Alive.

Below is a snapshot of recent PNC Arts Alive’s 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

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

Opera Philadelphia
Opera Philadelphia's Festival O19: Opera on the Mall, will feature a free, open-to-the-public HD broadcast of the Spring 2019 production of Puccini's La Bohème, on the Mall at Independence National Historical Park. Now in its 9th year, Opera on the Mall will serve as the kickoff of Festival O19, Opera Philadelphia's annual multi-venue fall opera festival. The event will reduce barriers to accessing the arts for underserved communities through a cost-free, convenient and family-friendly shared cultural experience.

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival of Culture (PHLAFF)
The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival's (PHLAFF) Cinema of Neighborhoods (CON) initiative intends to widen access to film projects from local and regional emerging Latino/a filmmakers in four Philadelphia neighborhoods, through a screening series grounded on community conversations, short films, and activations at key locations over a two-year period. Programming will be implemented in collaboration with a robust network of partners, including the Semilla Arts Initiative, Esperanza, Lillian Marrero Library, Fleisher Art Memorial, and other local resources. Proposed neighborhoods for all programming include Fairhill, Norris Square, South Philadelphia and Hunting Park.

Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts (RRCA) will receive support for its monthly art opening event: Third Friday @ RRCA. The entire Glasstown Arts District (Millville, Cumberland Co., NJ) follows RRCA's lead in this district-wide program, which was first launched by RRCA some 18 years ago. With support from PNC, the public launch of "PNC Arts Alive Presents: Third Friday @ RRCA!" is scheduled for Sept. 2019, with rich programming including art exhibitions in four internal RRCA galleries, a Third Friday Art Reception, live musicians, refreshments and artist meet-and-greets.

Shakespeare in Clark Park
Shakespeare in Clark Park produces free and surprising performances in West Philadelphia's Clark Park and the surrounding community, while at the same time incorporating the people of the neighborhood into the making of the show. In 2020, Shakespeare in Clark Park (SCP) will stage Shakespeare's swashbuckling, romantic adventure, Pericles: Prince of Tyre. SCP will schedule a series of West Philadelphia story circles to facilitate this in the fall of 2019. These community conversations will allow the lead artists to organically shape the design of the play and the nature of the community engagement.Then, in March 2020, SCP will form its community chorus and production will begin, guided by the Director, Artistic Director, and two professional actors.

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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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