We are dedicated to supporting community-based arts and creativity in Philadelphia through programming, convening and advocacy. Our first project is a 5-year grant program, Art Works, developed in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Foundation (see more below). Other upcoming initiatives will include artist-in-residence programs and a series of public works.

Sheldon Abba

Art Works is a $3 million grant program in partnership with the Philadelphia Foundation designed to support community-based arts and cultural organizations and emerging artists working in partnership with Black, Brown, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and historically under-resourced communities. Art Works places a premium on work designed to connect, build, and transform spaces and narratives to break down barriers through open access and inclusion.

We are now accepting applications for Art Works 2024. The first round of applications will be open from Friday, May 24 through Friday, June 28. Art Works accepts applications from local cultural nonprofit (or fiscally sponsored) organizations with annual operating budgets between $250,000 and $5 million as well as artist collectives and individual artists committed to incorporating community perspectives into their work.

Historical Photo

Created in partnership with Mural Arts, Public Works is a residency program that places artists in Philadelphia government agencies or organizations to develop artwork that forges new connections between the agency’s work and the communities they serve. It seeks to deepen the exchanges between community and institution, provide meaningful opportunities for artists, and give a voice to underrepresented constituents.

David Evan McDowell

Forman Arts Initiative is pleased to join Philadelphia Contemporary, and Drexel University to co-present Monument in Waiting, courtesy of the artist and GRAY Gallery, Chicago/New York. Monument in Waiting is an evocative dismantled public forum, created in response to ongoing public scrutiny of historical figures and monuments, particularly those that reinforce systems of oppression.