8 Philly Cultural Institutions Receive Million Dollar Grant


The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among 8 Philly institutions to receive a million dollar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Eight Philly cultural institutions and one independent scholar will divvy up  a $1,103,954 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The announcement was made this morning by Congressman Chaka Fattah, who says, “This is wonderful news for Philadelphia. The NEH’s support and investment in many of our top cultural and educational institutions is proof that our city is a leading contributor to humanities research and development in the United States … Investing in the humanities allows us to think more creatively, learn to appreciate diverse cultures, and enhances our knowledge of the world. These newly funded projects will bolster our city’s already rich and robust humanities scene.”

Among the benefactors is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who received two grants. One for $300,000 will be used toward the “implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and programs about the development of American still life painting. The other, $40,000, will fund a “planning grant for the development of an online research portal for digitized archival materials created by or related to the artist Marcel Duchamp.”

With the exception one unaffiliated independent scholar (who received $6,000), the remainder of recipients are local colleges and universities: St. Joseph’s University ($6,000), University of Pennsylvania ($230,000 and $300,000), Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science ($121,800), Temple University ($6,000), Community College of Philadelphia ($119,904), and the American Philological Association ($54,000).

To learn more about how those monies will be applied, go here.