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New funding for the arts in Philadelphia, 2021 Arts Writers Grantees, and a little Zoom roundup

Because our inboxes are groaning with news, we are reaffirming our love of curating a few tidbits for you. Enjoy!

Two women hold up a poster of a check for $1 million, standing in front of a colorful wall.
Barbara Silzle (l) and Camille Halsey (r) hold the blowup of a check for $1 Million that will be provided to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund from the new found money from City Council. Silzle is Executive Director of the PCF and Halsey is PCF Program Manager.

Dear Readers,
It’s winter and let’s face it we all need some good news…such as, when more money is found for Philadelphia artists and arts organizations! and when arts writers are valued for their service and awarded grants! So, here below are a few things that will cheer you. And because we’re all bonafide members of the Zoom generation now, we’ve selected a couple good-sounding Zooms you might enjoy (Note, the Zooms are tonight or tomorrow). Love, Your Editors

City Council Finds Additional $3.25 Million for the Arts – Hooray!

$3.25M in City funds from the New Normal Budget Act and a recent transfer ordinance will be shared among 6 of Philadelphia’s leading arts agencies, including $1 million for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund; $1 Million for the Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy’s Illuminate the Arts program; and the other funds to support the Mann Music Center, Greater Philadelphia Film Office and The National Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society. Three Councilmembers facilitated the new investment: Councilmember At-Large Isaiah Thomas, Councilmember At-Large Katherine Gilmore Richardson and City Councilmember At-Large Derek Green.

A grid of faces of winners of 2021 Arts Writers Grants
The class of 2021 Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grantees

Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant 2021 awards $695,000 to 20 Grantees – Hooray 2!

The 20 Writers will receive Arts Writers Grants from $15,000 to $50,000 in Support of their Articles, Books, and Short-Form Writing. Congratulations, All! And special shout out to Philadelphia artist and grantee, Tiona Nekkia McClodden!

2021 Grantees

Priyanka Basu, “Between Past and Present in Tuni Chatterji’s Okul Nodi”
Fiona Alison Duncan, “Pippa: Queen of the Future—On the Transgressive Life of Artist Pippa Garner”
Tiona Nekkia McClodden, “The Cloth [Untitled Belkis Ayon Project]”

Erica N. Cardwell, Wrong is Not My Name: Essays and Stories on Black Feminist Visual Culture
C. Ondine Chavoya, Asco: Disgust and Creative Resistance in L.A.
Erina Duganne,Visual Solidarities: Art, Activism, and Central America
Rebecca M. Schreiber, Visualizing Displacement in the Americas: The Aesthetics of Mobility and
Sarah-Neel Smith, Envisioning the Middle East: The Lost History of America’s Cultural Exchanges, 1952-79
Gloria Sutton, Against the Immersive: Shigeko Kubota’s Video Sculptures
Jordan Troeller, Sculpture’s Progeny: Motherhood and Artistic Creation in Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco

Short-Form Writing
Kriston Capps
Hera Chan
Chris Fite-Wassilak
Asa Mendelsohn
Darla Migan
Sadia Shirazi
TK Smith
Ana Tuazon
Xin Wang
Simon Wu


A poster shows a man and a woman and text advertising a talk by two writers for a live Zoom event.
Rumaan Alam and Carmen Maria Machado will speak tonight (12/2/21) in a free Zoom sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Rumaan Alam in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado
Philadelphia Free Library (Virtual) Author Event
Tickets at Eventbrite (Free to attend or $20.99 if you want to buy the book)

Rumaan Alam’s book, Leave the World Behind, is “a genuine thriller, a brilliant distillation of our anxious age, and a work of high literary merit” (The Washington Post) that follows two families who meet at an isolated vacation during a possible cataclysm. The book was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and named to nearly two dozen “best of the year” lists, and a film adaptation starring Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali is in production

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the memoir In the Dream House and the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She is the Abrams Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and a Guggenheim fellow.

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7 pm EST
THE FILMS OF ANDY WARHOL, a discussion at the Whitney Museum
FREE, Register here

John G. Hanhardt, general editor of the catalogue raisonné and former curator and head of film and video at the Whitney, will be joined by film scholar Bruce Jenkins and filmmaker Tom Kalin, contributors to the publication, to speak about the history of Warhol’s engagement with cinema and to share insights into why his films have been influential for generations of artists while also remaining largely unknown until now.

Friday, December 3, 2021, 9:45 AM – 5:30 PM EST – FREE
Reconfiguring Gender: Egon Schiele and the Gay Subculture
Access at Leopold Museum website

Egon Schiele has become such a familiar name that it is almost necessary to question his art from time to time and to expose it to unfamiliar perspectives. The Leopold Museum is aiming for this with the 4th Egon Schiele Symposium, whose lecturers approach the artist’s work from different perspectives. No registration is required to participate. Audience questions submitted in the Zoom chat will be answered by panelists following each presentation. In the language settings you can choose between German and English ; all lectures will be translated simultaneously. All presentations are saved (de / en) and made available on this website for one week. If you have any questions, please contact