May 17, 2013 |
George Layng Pew Jr., 77, of Villanova and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a dedicated fund-raiser and volunteer for Yale University, died Wednesday, May 8, of a heart ailment at his Main Line home. Born in Bryn Mawr, Mr. Pew was a member of a famed Philadelphia family. He is a descendant of Thomas Pew, brother of Joseph Newton Pew Sr., who in 1890 founded Sun Oil Co. Mr. Pew traced his line to J. Edgar Pew, the founder's nephew and the former head of the production department at Sun, said his wife, Sally Chinn Pew. The son of George L. Pew, Sr., and Catharine Anspach Pew, he graduated from the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., in 1954 and Yale College in 1958.
March 23, 2013 |
The Pew Charitable Trusts plans to "streamline" its cultural grantmaking, eliminating a program for dispensing unrestricted operating funds and creating a program to assist organizations' long-term prospects by fostering audience growth, upgrading technology, and supporting future needs, according to Pew officials. Once approved by the board of trustees, all regular arts and culture grantmaking will be consolidated within the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, a quasi-independent unit of the $6 billion charity.
January 18, 2013 |
In a report that asserts America's competitive position in clean energy is lagging, the Pew Charitable Trusts on Thursday advocated the adoption of a national clean-energy standard that sets milestones for deployment of renewable power. The Pew Clean Energy Program said the green-power industry would benefit from the adoption of a national standard similar to those adopted by 29 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Renewable-energy portfolio standards require utilities to assure that a fixed percentage of electricity is generated from clean-energy sources.
October 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK - For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.
July 27, 2012 |
Megawords. It's a mega-word. It's two Philly artists engaged since 2005 in a long-running "experimental media project. " Which is what, exactly? A whirling world of art installations, projects, and events. An abandoned newsstand, converted to distribute their magazines. An old storefront, turned into an artistic event space. The future may bring films, Web stuff, apps. At the heart, there's a print magazine that comes out at least twice a year and does unprecedented things. Megawords is its own mega-world - a world that has come to a big turn.
July 4, 2012 |
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded fellowships to 13 area artists. The $60,000 awards are given annually in recognition of achievement and the artistic potential latent in the funds. Among the winners this year are four composers and musicians, two choreographers, three visual artists, two poets, a photographer and a filmmaker. The 2012 Pew fellows are: Filmmaker Deron Albright, who was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to Ghana in 2008, where he lived with his family for a year and filmed his first feature film, The Destiny of Lesser Animals; Instrumentalist and composer Marshall Belford Allen, an active member of the Sun Ra Arkestra for more than 50 years, who has directed the jazz group since 1995, following the death of Sun Ra; Daniel Blacksberg, a trombonist and composer whose work reaches from jazz to klezmer; Visual artist Alex Da Corte, who gathers detritus and consumables into assemblages and videos; Meg Foley, a choreographer who has been inserting unexpected performance into daily life for the past few years, creating dance at the same time every day, no matter the circumstance; Pianist and composer Matthew Mitchell, whose work synthesizes a wide range of electronic, acoustic, composed and improvised music; Visual artists Dan Murphy and Anthony Smyrski, who work together as the artist duo Megawords, creators of installations and print materials; Greg Osby, jazz saxophonist...
June 21, 2012
The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced a number of grants in the arts, inluding $831,000 to eight cultural organizations to enhance management, $873,000 to seven theaters, presenters and stage performers, and $2.1 million in operating support to 10 area cultural groups. Descriptions of the management grants can be found on the website of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage here: www.philly.com/pewmanage For a descriptions of the theater grants, go to the Pew center's website here: www.philly.com/pewtheater The operating grants can be found here: www.philly.com/pewoperate - Stephan Salisbury
May 9, 2012 |
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced nearly $1.8 million in grants in recent weeks for exhibitions and local heritage projects. The Pew Exhibitions Initiative, an arm of the center, will be providing more than $1.1 million for exhibitions and planning by seven organizations. The Institute of Contemporary Art received $250,000 for the first major museum show devoted to Los Angeles installation artist Jason Rhoades, who died in 2006. The Michener Art Museum received $250,000 toward mounting "Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism.
May 9, 2012 |
Nearly two years after the Federal Reserve began requiring banks to get customers' permission before subjecting them to controversial overdraft practices, many account-holders are still surprised when they are charged overdraft fees for debit-card purchases or ATM withdrawals that could simply have been declined, says a new study financed by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew study found that more than half of those hit with overdraft fees did not believe they had opted in to the policies, which enable banks to approve purchases or withdrawals for customers short of funds and then charge them fees for the transactions.
April 5, 2012 |
Here's what's happening on the plugged-in side of the digital divide: an extraordinarily swift change in how people are reading books and other media, driven by the rapid acceptance of tablets and e-readers. More than one in five Americans say they have read a book in electronic form during the last 12 months, according to study to be published Thursday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Nearly 3 in 10 adult Americans now own at least one device designed for electronic reading - either an e-reader such as the Amazon Kindle or a tablet such as Apple's iPad.