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

Shadowbox Live - Gallery of Echoes
A multimedia performance exploring 22 notable works of art ranging from masters to today’s leading visionaries through music, movement and words. In 2016, Gallery of Echoes: Columbus Public Art Experience returns as an expansion of the original artistic concept which will include public art experiences premiering during the 2016 Columbus Arts Festival.

CATCO - When Darth Vader & Hamlet Combine
An innovative, blended drama for young audiences highlighting the universality of the Star Wars tales, using bits and pieces from famous Shakespeare plays, all in blank verse. The program will celebrate the Shakespeare and Star Wars legacies with workshops for children and the entire community.

Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) - Free Sundays
Designed to increase accessibility to broad and diverse audiences, the CMA has served more than 81,000 visitors of all ages through Free Sundays, accounting for nearly 40 percent of annual attendance.  Enhanced programming in 2017 will include social media elements where visitors can share an ongoing narrative highlighting their museum experiences.

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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

St. Louis Symphony
Instrument Playground is the St. Louis Symphony’s popular mobile orchestra. Instrument Playground will grow exponentially by capturing the essence of the IP experience in a cutting-edge app that enables children of all ages and backgrounds to learn about the orchestra and its instruments – anywhere, on demand.

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Shakespeare in the Streets (SITS) is a grassroots theatrical experience that invites St. Louis neighborhoods to tell their community stories.  The Festival’s SITS project will reach new audiences through the use of real-time video and web platforms, which will culminate in the production of a film to showcase this resident-led initiative.

The Sheldon Arts Foundation
The Sheldon Online Music Academy and Mentoring Program will bring instruction and mentoring to middle and high school students in the St. Louis region by offering free online video instruction from both top St. Louis musician/teachers and national artists performing at The Sheldon. Students will also receive complimentary tickets to The Sheldon.

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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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