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

Old Dillard Foundation
Live At the Arts and Heritage House (AAHH) provides free access to the public. The ODF AAHH is located in the Historic Sistrunk Corridor. The AAHH is surrounded by untapped, emerging, and professional visual and performing artists. Our vision is to create a small mecca for artists to exhibit and perform. ODF will regularly transform the space from an art exhibition to a stage for an intimate play or cultural dance, or to a jazz/blues supper club or use the backyard for a shindig to bridge our sometimes-isolated communities. ODF envisions Arts and Heritage House (AAHH) as a mecca, attracting the adult residents of the immediate neighborhood as well as residents in the tri-county area and tourists to become active participants in the various art forms. On the 4th Saturday of each month, the AAHH will be a place of gathering to celebrate and promote the richness of the community.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Morikami is a 21st century museum, and as such must go beyond the traditional physically on-site experience to fulfill its mission and its obligation to its community. Virtual Morikami, by intention and definition, is primarily designed to make Morikami art and gardens more accessible and attractive to an expanded diverse audience, using existing and developing digital technologies, combined with traditional methods. Virtual Morikami will offer varied experiences across age, social, ethnic and economic backgrounds. They believe it will become a fundamental community building block of the total Morikami experiential offerings going forward. Marketed and distributed across multiple media platforms, at no cost to users, Virtual Morikami targets their entire visitor/member/fan base and beyond: young families, students, manga/anime/marital arts devotees; artists, scholars, collectors; local residents and tourists; retirees and professionals.

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Greater St. Louis

  • Big Muddy Dance Company
  • Circus Harmony
  • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Metro Theater Company

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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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