Quilt show delights, $2Million in grants to state institutions, cultural policy panel at Moore College of Arts and Design and 3 good opportunities

We are delighted with the community quilting show we saw last weekend and are happy to share three great opportunities with Septa/Mural Arts, OACCE’s Percent for Art Harriet Tubman commission and Black Music City awards. Enjoy, and may your weekend be cozy, sweet and relaxing. ALSO, go see some art! Jayson Musson is up til Dec. 31 at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Admission is Free. See Logan Cryer’s review for more:


West Philadelphia Quilters at Kingsessing Rec Center tennis courts
Last Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, I swung by my old West Philly neighborhood to see the Quilt Show – outside, with the 53 quilts from more than 30 artists spring-clamped to the tall cyclone fence surrounding the tennis courts. I was disbelieving at first that this kind of presentation would work for quilts but after viewing them clamped and floating in front of the urban landscape, I am convinced that this is a perfect way to show quilts, which embody the human quest to make beautiful things and share them with the community. How colorful, public and celebratory! This was a great open-air event, with mulled wine and live music, and people came with dogs and babies and looked excitedly at the quilts and talked amongst themselves of what they loved and why. Congratulations to all who participated and I look forward to next year’s exhibit!

A red, white, and blue spiraling quilt design by Celia Jailer in the shape of a snake.
The Quilt Show, Dec. 10, 2022. “Snake” quilt by Celia Jailer.

From Celia Jailer, Berkeley native now living in Philadelphia, artist, Hidden City correspondent and one of the exhibit’s organizers, who told me she got her first sewing machine from her parents at age 12, and she still uses it today. And in true West Philly style, when the machine breaks, she doesn’t get a new one but takes it to a neighborhood shop for fixing.

A quilt portrait by Julie Simmons depicting the artist surrounded by hair-care tools on a red background.
The Quilt Show, Dec. 10, 2022. Quilt portrait by Julie Simmons

“This Quilt Show, which is the second annual, is a celebration of quilting in Philadelphia that is an outgrowth of the quilting circle I have been involved with. We are a rotating cast of 15-ish young fiber artists who collaborate on quits in the traditional model of a quilting circle…and also showing will be members of Quilters of the Round Table —an African American quilting guild based in West Philadelphia.”

More Than $2 Million in Grants to Pennsylvania Museums, Historical Organizations, Local Governments and Academic Institutions

At the Wagner Free Institute, rows of brightly-lit mirrored cases hold taxidermied animals and skeletons.
Wagner Free Institute is a recipient of this year’s PHMC Cultural and Historical Support Grant. Photo courtesy of Wagner Free Institute of Science

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded almost $2 million in Cultural and Historical Support Grants to 161 eligible museums and official county historical societies from 56 Pennsylvania counties. In addition, PHMC awarded $200,000 in Historical and Archival Records Care (HARC) Grants to 37 organizations in 20 Pennsylvania counties. Learn more at PHMC online

Philadelphia County Awardees

American Philosophical Society – $40,000
American Swedish Historical Museum – $7,673
Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust – $4,917
Carpenter’s Company – $7,109
Chestnut Hill Conservancy – $4,000
Christ Church Preservation Trust – $7,670
Cliveden of the National Trust Inc. – $5,210
College of Physicians of Philadelphia – $40,000
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. – $40,000
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Inc. – $4,000
Fort Mifflin on the Delaware – $4,000
Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries – $6,412
Germantown Historical Society – $4,000
Girard College Foundation – $5,233
Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation – $7,832
Historic Fair Hill – $4,019
Historic Philadelphia Inc. – $28,306
Historic RittenhouseTown – $4,000
Historical Society of Pennsylvania – $31,779
Independence Seaport Museum – $40,000
Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia – $9,000
John Bartram Association – $34,015
Museum of the American Revolution – $40,000
Naomi Wood Trust – $4,000
National Constitution Center – $40,000
National Liberty Museum – $40,000
Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation/Fireman’s Hall Museum – $4,000
Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks – $18,088
Please Touch Museum – $40,000
Science History Institute – $40,000
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University – $40,000
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia – $15,907
The Franklin Institute – $40,000
The Rosenbach – $17,159
The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History – $40,000
The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation – $4,395
Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania – $40,000
Wagner Free Institute of Science – $10,935
Wyck Association – $4,000


Looking up at the surreal gargoyles and statuary atop the Northeast corner of City Hall.

New Visions for Cultural Policy – Conversations@Moore January 25, 2023, 630pm
Join us for presentations by Patricia Wilson Aden (Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance), Jane Golden (Mural Arts Philadelphia) and Jason Schupbach (Drexel University), and a conversation moderated by Linda Earle (Tyler School of Art). Timed to coincide with Philadelphia’s mayoral election season, this event is sure to highlight the possibilities for Philadelphia to model the kind of culture that will promote equity and justice for all. Details and registration for this free event here.


RFQ: SEPTA Mural Initiative 2023 – deadline December 30th, 2022 11:59 PM
Timeline: February 2023 to June 2023
Pay: $10,000 ($2000 per month)

Mural Arts’ Color Me Back (CMB) program is seeking artists to apply for a mural project to take place over the Winter/Spring 2023, February to June 2023. The goal of this position is to engage the CMB program staff and participants in the creation of a new public mural in Center City.

As part of the application, artists should write a short statement of no more than 500 words about their interest in this project. While applicants are welcome to use this section to suggest possible projects, it is not required. Applicants are encouraged to discuss why this project is of interest to them, and how it may fit with their work.

The project will take place for five months and will be based at the CMB Suburban Station Studio; however, the mural locations are outside of Suburban Station.
Submit your applications to Emily Crane at by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, December 30, 2022.

Complete details at their website.

Request for Qualifications – Philadelphia’s Permanent Harriet Tubman Statue Part 1: Submission of Qualifications DUE January 26, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Location: City Hall Northeast Apron
Project Budget: $500,000
Deadline: January 26, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET

On November 30, 2022, the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and the African American Historic Statue Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee)—which consists of public art professionals, historians, educators, students, community representatives, and family members of Harriet Tubman—opened the Call for Artists in an effort to commission the most-qualified and skilled artist to design a permanent Harriet Tubman statue. This is the next step in the process to install a statue on the Northeast apron of City Hall that will celebrate Harriet Tubman’s life, legacy, and contributions to our nation’s history. It will also be the first statue of an African American historic female figure in the City’s public art collection.

Read about it here

Submissions at submittable

Black Music City – $125,000 in grants honoring Philadelphia’s Black music & arts history – Deadline Jan 10, 2023

After awarding $100,000 in grants to 46 recipients in 2022, #BlackMusicCity returns for a third year and the bar has been set higher than ever. 30 recipients will have the chance to apply for grants from $1,500 – $5,000 with a total of $125,000 in funding available, making this our biggest budget to date.

All in an effort to heighten recognition for new works by Greater Philadelphia Black creatives. In collaboration with @wxpnfm & @wrtimusic, this initiative will support project ideas of ANY creative medium that honor Philly’s rich Black Music History. Grant applications are open TODAY at through Tuesday, January 10th.

More information
Application online here