In Tuesday’s (7/14) Philadelphia Inquirer , Stephan Salisbury reports, “The first 23 recipients of the $5 million PNC Arts Alive grant initiative will be announced today, providing funding for the expansion of audiences, programming and technology in the region’s cultural arena, according to PNC Foundation officials. Announced in March, Arts Alive is a five-year pilot for PNC Financial Services’ charitable arm. If it is deemed a success in and around Philadelphia, the bank intends to start it up elsewhere. … At the Kimmel Center, Jamie Brunson, director of institutional gifts and sponsors, said PNC’s $40,000 grant will support an expanded subsidy program to provide free tickets to underserved children. The Kimmel’s community partners, she said, would choose what they want to attend and get tickets for virtually any seat in the house.” Among other grant recipients is the Bay Atlantic Symphony in Bridgeton, New Jersey, which will use its $40,000 for a ticket subsidy program.

Posted July 14, 2009