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26 More Philadelphia Recipients Of ‘PNC Arts Alive’ Grants Announced

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(Members of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, in file photo)

(Members of the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, in file photo)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The charitable arm of a Pennsylvania-based banking giant has announced 26 grants more to organizations as part of its “PNC Arts Alive” program, designed to make art more accessible in Philadelphia.

One recipient, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (in file photo above), helped herald the celebration of the next million dollars in PNC Arts Alive grants from the PNC Foundation.  This is the third year of the program, and and there are26 grant recipients this year.

Another recipient, the Fleischer Art Memorial, says it will use its funding for mobile van studios throughout parts of South Philadelphia and Delaware County.

“We’ll be using the ColorWheels van as a way to bring artmaking to neighborhoods right in our vicinity,” said Matthew Braun, Fleischer’s executive director.

There will be free performances along the SEPTA Broad Street Line as well as free family film screenings throughout center city.

PNC president Bill Mills says the activities get more innovative every year.

“The bar has definitely been raised, and we’re having an impact in this market, I think.  So I’m very excited about it.”

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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