William Penn and Mellon Foundations Give $8 Million to Philly Arts and Culture Groups Hit by COVID-19

dancers on stage Philadanco dancers perform in "Conglomerate" on April 2019 at the Kimmel Center. The company has been awarded $200,000 in the newly announced William Penn/Mellon Foundation grants. Photo: Philadelphia Inquirer/ Yong Kim.

"Two major backers of arts and culture in Philadelphia have teamed up to award $8 million in COVID-19-related relief for the sector. The $4 million each from Philadelphia’s William Penn Foundation and the New York-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is being distributed to a cross-section of area arts groups — large and small, both community-based and internationally known. The Philadelphia Orchestra and Barnes Foundation are receiving $400,000 each. North Philadelphia’s Village of Arts and Humanities is on the list for $200,000."