PNC Arts Alive

Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

PNC Arts Alive programming demonstrates that there is an artistic outlet for everyone, regardless of age, economic background, skill level and taste. Pop-up performances, mobile arts vans and the use of unusual venues are among the many initiatives supported through PNC Arts Alive and we're excited to continue helping to invigorate local arts organizations in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, while bringing new and exciting programs to our communities.

Application Information

The application period is currently closed.

For information on future funding opportunities, please return in the Fall of 2018.

Did You Know?

In the first six years of the program, over one million people participated in PNC Arts Alive funded projects.

For the eighth consecutive year, PNC is supporting large and small arts groups in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region. The grants cover a wide range of disciplines, audiences and participatory experiences.

Meet Some of Our Most Recent Grant Recipients

Asian Arts Initiative
Pearl Street Pop-Up Program Series | September 2016-August 2017
Asian Arts Initiative is leading a multi-year effort to transform Pearl Street in Chinatown, from a neglected alleyway into a vibrant cultural space.  In 2015, support from PNC Arts Alive enabled Asian Arts Initiative to launch arts programming including art installations and performances in unconventional venues.   Renewed funding will continue to support this innovative “pop-up” programming, as well as implement a series of colorful murals and architectural art installations. Learn More

Bay-Atlantic Symphony
Symphonic PNC – Great Classics and Pops | September 2016 - November 2016
Bay Atlantic Symphony’s Rat Pack in Vegas will bring the swingin’ songs of The Rat Pack to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa for the wildest party of the year on September 17, 2016.  Following its classical roots, the Symphony will then open its 2016-2017 season with Mozart’s Requiem – one of the world’s most important pieces of music – to be performed October 29, 2016 at The Landis Theatre (Vineland, NJ) and October 30, 2016 at Stockton University (Galloway Township, NJ). Tickets for both events will remain low-cost, with support from PNC Arts Alive.
Learn More | Twitter: @BayAtlanticSym

Brandywine River Museum
PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families | October 2016 - August 2017
Since 2014 – and with renewed support in 2016-2017 – PNC Arts Alive enables the Brandywine Museum of Art to enhance the complimentary admission available to all Museum guests on the first Sunday of every month (February through November) with high quality, hands-on arts programming for family audiences. In addition to family-oriented activities, Museum programming includes multidisciplinary offerings for older children and adults, as well as dynamic performances of music, theater, and storytelling.
Learn More | Twitter: @BranRiverMuseum

First Person Arts, Inc.
The 15th Annual First Person Arts Festival
Presented by PNC Arts Alive and the PNC Story Sparked Series
| November 2016
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.
Learn More | Twitter: @FirstPersonArts

Fleisher Art Memorial
ColorWheels, Presented by PNC Arts Alive | September 2016 - August 2017
ColorWheels is a one-of-a-kind mobile art studio, delivering hands-on art-making experiences to Philadelphia residents of all ages and backgrounds.  PNC Arts Alive helped to launch this creative vehicle in 2012, and since then, ColorWheels has provided 90 art-making events at 55 community sites and events, and engaged more than 5,500 children and adults. Fleisher seeks renewed support to invest in equipment that will expand the types of art-making offered and install a new vehicle sound system to make community events even livelier.
Learn More | Twitter: @FleisherArt

Opera Philadelphia
6th Annual Opera on the Mall: Turandot, Presented by PNC Arts Alive | October 2016
Opera Philadelphia will expand arts access and civic impact through its sixth annual Opera on the Mall. In 2016, this event will be held on Saturday, October 1st.  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.
Learn More | Twitter: @OperaPhila

Perkins Center for the Arts
Perkins' Social Artworking | September 2016 - August 2017
Support from PNC Arts Alive will advance the Perkins Center’s mission to eliminate financial barriers to the arts, all while growing South Jersey’s arts audiences through a variety of free arts participation opportunities.  These include an outdoor concert series in Collingswood and Moorestown; a series of “Summer Creation Stations”, to be hosted at Collingswood Farmers’ Market; a free Artist Open Studio Tour; and free “Lunch and Learn” events, featuring culturally focused demonstrations, lectures, performances, and the like.
Learn More | Twitter: @PerkinsCenter

Home Season Artistic Production, with Support from PNC Arts Alive | September 2016 - July 2017
PHILADANCO! Home season programming is designed to build bridges among diverse cultures and ages.  This includes the 46th annual ‘Danco on ‘Danco, designed to highlight cultural traditions through the vision and art of apprentice PHILADANCO dancers; Straight Outta’ Philly, a collaboration between PHILADANCO and the acclaimed hip-hop/modern dance choreographer Rennie Harris Pure Movement; and the 6th Annual Founders Day’ Concert, with outreach to Philadelphia’s diverse communities.
Learn More | Twitter: @Philadanco

Philadelphia Film Society
PNC Arts Alive Presents PFS On Us | September 2016 - August 2017
In 2015, the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) created PFF On Us -- a free ticketing program to make the Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) accessible to K-12 and university students, nonprofit organizations, and individuals throughout the region.  More than 4,500 tickets were reserved through PFF On Us in its first year. PFS now seeks to grow this program into a year-round film engagement program.  The proposed PFS On Us will enable cinematic programming for a number of diverse communities, including families, minorities, low-income communities, and international groups.
Learn More | Twitter: @PhillyFilmSoc

Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center
Wheaton Wide Open Weekends, Presented by PNC Arts Alive | September 2016 - August 2017
Wheaton Arts is pleased to continue its Wheaton Wide Open Weekends (WWOW) program series, keeping Wheaton Arts’ doors open for free or reduced admission during 13 key weekends throughout the year. In 2016-2017, WWOW will once again enable free access to its Museum of American Glass, the Hot Glass Studio, Folk  Life Center, and additional family-oriented workshops and tours, Friday through Sunday of each Wheaton Wide Open Weekend. Visitors will be invited to participate in tours and demonstrations, as well as take part in family programming and children’s activities.
Learn More | Twitter: @WheatonArts


Contact Information:

General questions may be directed
by email to:

Hugh McStravick
PNC Client & Community Relations

Media relations inquiries:
Jason Beyersdorfer
(732) 220-3055

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