Fleisher Receives Grants from PNC Arts Alive and the William Penn Foundation
Fleisher Art Memorial is the proud recipient of two recent grants—provided through PNC Arts Alive and the William Penn Foundation’s Creative Communities program—that will support Fleisher in continuing to provide innovative and community-engaged cultural programming.
A $30,000 grant awarded through PNC Arts Alive will fund ColorWheels, a mobile art studio once called the “Swiss Army Knife of art” by the Inquirer, that has been delivering engaging, hands-on arts programming to children, adults, and families across Philadelphia since 2012.
A multi-million dollar initiative through the PNC Foundation designed to support the visual and performing arts, PNC Arts Alive has awarded more than $13.3 million in local grant funding since 2009, benefiting more than 300 arts programs at 90 different arts organizations in an effort to increase access to the arts across Greater Philadelphia, Delaware & Southern New Jersey.
For the first time, Fleisher is also the recipient of a grant from the William Penn Foundation’s Arts & Culture Hubs through their Creative Communities program. This multi-year, $300,000 award will support the deepening of Fleisher’s relationships with community-based organizations and increase our related offerings over the next three years. This past year, Fleisher has partnered with organizations such as Modero & Company (a community-based traditional Indonesian and fusion dance company), Casa de Venezuela (a bilingual nonprofit organization in the Delaware Valley focused on advancing the cultural heritage of Venezuela), and La Calaca Flaca (the Latinx event committee responsible for presenting Fleisher’s Día de los Muertos celebration), who just celebrated the 10th anniversary of their annual Día de los Muertos celebration and procession in October.
The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, provide inclusive and equitable public spaces and arts and culture experiences, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region.