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.
Columbus Dance Theatre
The Columbus Dance Theatre’s world premiere of Wonderment will replace the company’s longtime running holiday ballet, Matchgirl. Wonderment, based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Snow Queen is an innovative work that features a new take on the tale with live music, produced by Converging Arts Columbus, a new chamber music group led by Jason Hiester.
The Columbus Museum of Art
LISTEN is the Columbus Museum of Art’s new programming stream coproduced in partnership with Columbus black artists and creatives. The initiative aims to decenter the dominate narrative and center the experiences people of color in art museums. Programs will highlight black and brown makers while also creating strategies to question power inequities that often create barriers for audiences who have felt marginalized by past museum or art experiences.
The McConnell Arts Center
POST NO ILLS at the MAC is a multi-disciplinary celebration of urban art placed in a suburban setting. The exhibition features works by Columbus artist Lance Johnson. Lance is an aerosol artist originally from New York City whose work is a vehicle for urban development, using improvised collage to tell stories in a celebration of urban life.
The Newark Granville Symphony
The Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra’s Music 4U! consists of a series of classical music concerts performed in unconventional venues including parks, museums, libraries, and schools. This series of free concerts allows the NGSO to bring the beauty of music to a wide array of community members.
In celebration of its 40th season, Opera Columbus will present 40 Days of Opera, a citywide celebration of multidisciplinary performances, activities, and exchanges. 40 Days of Opera will kick off with an immersive production La Traviata . Other operatic experiences will include: anqui, an opera about the Underground Railroad commissioned and premiered by Opera Columbus in 1999. With music by Leslie Burrs and libretto by John A. Williams, the opera will be presented as a community partner for The Ohio State University Journeys to Equity. Additionally, 40 Days will include Opera under the Stars at COSI’s planetarium; Sunrise Opera; Opera and Poetry; and the world premiere of The Puppy Episode with music by Matthew Recio, libretto by Royce Vavrek, directed by Christopher Mirto, and created with a new partnership with Oberlin Conservatory.
We Amplify Voices
Lift All Voices, a grand showcase of talent, will feature performances by We Amplify Voices’ program participants at the Ohio Theatre. The showcase will feature the work of students and other groups who take part in We Amplify Voices’ innovative year-round programming. In addition to live performances, the lobby of the Ohio Theatre be transformed into a gallery to exhibit the various pieces of art created by program participants including paintings, drawings, and songwriting samples.
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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