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

PNC Arts Alive and PNC Arts Alive CONNECT are competitive grant programs for one- and two-year funding terms that will begin September 1, 2019.

The PNC Arts Alive Grant Program will run for a one-year term: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020, while PNC Arts Alive CONNECT will run for a two-year term: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2021.

Interested arts organizations that meet all qualifications enclosed in the application and must submit the application, and all required attachments, no later than March 15, 2019.

PNC Arts Alive Grant

Requests should be submitted to



Requests should be submitted to Incomplete, late and/or hard copy applications will not be considered.

Did You Know?

Over the last ten years of the program, more than two million people have participated in arts experiences across our region funded by PNC Arts Alive.

For the tenth 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

African American Museum of Philadelphia
Later this year, the African American Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP) will apply its “PhilAesthetic” brand and model of collaboration by bringing together Latino and African cultural partners to deliver programs celebrating their shared African heritage. Learn More

Brandywine River Museum
Taking place in 2019, the Brandywine River Museum of Art (BRMA) will present a major retrospective of the work of N. C. Wyeth, including his iconic illustrations for classic stories such as Treasure Island and A Boy’s King Arthur. Through programs designed for a diverse range of audiences, BRMA will engage visitors with this fresh consideration of Wyeth’s art through a four-week multidisciplinary celebration of narrative arts including illustration, graphic novels, oral tradition and storytelling. Learn More

Cape May Stage
Cape May Stage’s Broadway Series will bring innovative musical and theatrical programming to South Jersey during 2019 through its highly successful subscription series. To date, the Cape May Broadway Series has entertained audiences with a broad array of music, including Broadway, jazz, and cabaret. This four-show series will be offered on Monday evenings from Memorial Day through Labor Day, at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse. Learn More

The Clay Studio
In the midst of relocating to the city’s South Kensington neighborhood, The Clay Studio will bring its community outreach initiative, Hands on Clay (HOC) into Philadelphia neighborhoods. Through HOC, community members in the new neighborhood location and across the city will have access to free, hands-on arts programming. Learn More

Perkins Center for the Arts
Support from PNC Arts Alive will ensure the continuity of Perkins Centers’ efforts in eliminating barriers to the arts and growing an arts audience by nurturing the connection between an individual’s interest in art and the activity of experiencing, creating and being a part of the arts. A variety of free arts participation opportunities will build arts audiences today and into the future and include the following: Free Wednesdays at Perkins Center will feature a different free arts engagement opportunity weekly from October through May, a free concert series in Collingswood and Moorestown will be presented in outdoor, celebratory, picnic-like settings, free and low-cost “creation stations” will be available during Clover Market, Collingswood Green Festival and the Collingswood Farmers’ Market and designed to engage the diverse multi-generational audience in attendance while developing direct connections to the artwork on view in Perkins Center’s gallery. Additionally, a free multi-week Summer Arts Camp program, including transportation for Camden youth, will be held at Perkins Center, Moorestown. Learn More

Philadelphia Clef Club
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts (PCC) will host Jazz Cultural Voices, a series of free concerts and educational activities. The musicians presented under the concert series will be ethnically diverse nationally recognized and emerging artists. Concerts will be of Latin, Cuban, Japanese, European, Native American, East Indian and African American influences to attract new and diverse audiences. Accompanying activities will include master classes and educational activities. A year-long open house-style series of events will also be held one Saturday each month utilizing PCC’s 200 seat concert hall, and use of multiple music studios, located on the Avenue of the Arts. Learn More

Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will continue its annual Art Splash summertime family experience, Art Splash 2019. Since its debut in 2013, Art Splash has provided critical early arts exposure to Philadelphia families of all backgrounds and experiences, bringing the visual arts to life through daily interpretive programming, play-based learning, and immersive arts experiences. The 2019 Art Splash and Family Festivals is anticipated to attract and serve more than 30,000 regional family visitors. In a continued commitment to arts accessibility and engagement, the Museum will ensure that approximately 30% of all Art Splash attendees will benefit from free or reduced cost program admission, through community partnership efforts and Pay-What-You-Wish admission opportunities. Learn More

Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra will expand access to world-class orchestral music in Philadelphia through ensemble-based, collaborative community performances. The Orchestra will conduct five collaborative community-based orchestral performances in the 2018-19 season (9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019). Each performance will feature an ensemble of five to 15 Philadelphia Orchestra musicians. Performances also will be conducted in partnership with a prominent neighborhood organization, co-curated to leverage unique cultural and neighborhood characteristics that will attract and engage community residents. This project is estimated to engage at least 2,500 Philadelphia-area resident who are underrepresented in the concert hall. Learn More

Taller Puertorriqueño
In 2019, Taller will have the opportunity to present Paradise Has No Memory, a solo show from one of Philadelphia’s hidden treasures: Puerto Rican painter and architect Rafael Villamil. Although he has lived here since 1962, Villamil’s genre-defying work is virtually unknown to local audiences. His brilliantly colored, hallucinatory mixed-media paintings reflect on society and human nature, especially the duality of dreams and reality, island and mainland, past and present. Now in his eighties, Villamil has never had a solo show in the U.S. Taller will join with the Woodmere Art Museum to invite Villamil and scholars Rubén Alejandro Moreira (Puerto Rico) and David Brownlee (University of Pennsylvania) to discuss the development of Villamil’s distinct voice as an artist and architect. Audiences will also have the opportunity to visit Villamil’s house, a work of art in its own right designed by the artist himself. Learn More

Contact Information:

General questions may be directed
by email to:

Hugh McStravick
PNC Client & Community Relations

Kara LaFleur
PNC Client & Community Relations

Mary Liz Biddle
PNC Client & Community Relations - Delaware

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

Thanks to Our Community Partners
Art Reach
Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

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