PNC Foundation Awards $1 Million to Arts Groups in Philadelphia, New Jersey

The PNC Foundation has announced grants totaling $1 million to twenty-three visual and performing arts organizations in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey to help the groups expand and engage their audiences while making the arts more accessible to area residents.

Part of the five-year, $5 million PNC Arts Alive initiative, the initial grants represent a full range of disciplines, including classical music, dance, film, folk art, performing arts, theater, and visual arts. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Kimmel Center will receive $40,000 to expand a subsidy program to provide free tickets to underserved children; the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts was awarded $47,000 for audience development; and Group Motion, a dance company in Philadelphia, will receive $35,000 to bring dance into public spaces, including open streets.

"We asked for bold ideas, and the response was immediate and far-reaching," said Bill Mills, PNC regional president for Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. "This region is going to see energetic and highly creative performances in unexpected places, free programs and subsidized tickets for families who could not otherwise afford to attend, innovative programs for high school and college-age students, and education and engagement for those who rarely have access to the arts."

For a complete list of grantees, visit the PNC Arts Alive Web site.

Stephan Salisbury. "PNC Opens the Vault for 22 Arts Groups, Awarding $5 Million." Philadelphia Inquirer 07/14/2009. "The PNC Foundation Provides $1 Million in Grants to 23 Groups in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Region." PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Press Release 07/14/2009.