APT Receives $150,000 from the Knight Arts Challenge

We are happy to share with you that the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training has been awarded a $150,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Arts Challenge. 

Receiving a grant from this highly-competitive program is a tremendous vote of confidence in the transformative possibilities of our new two-year training program for professional theatre artists - both for the city of Philadelphia, and for the expanding horizons of theatrical performance.

With this grant, we proudly announce our campaign to raise $800,000 in order to fund the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training (APT) in its inaugural years.  The Pig Iron School will provide a comprehensive, immersive education in ensemble-created and physical theatre, led by School Director, and Pig Iron Co-Founder, Quinn Bauriedel in collaboration with an all-star faculty of PITC Company Members, co-conspirators, and internationally-recognized teachers.

The campaign goals are to lease and equip a new studio at 2nd and Master Streets, to staff the School’s unique programs, and to provide scholarship assistance for exciting and extraorindary students.  Generous donors have already awarded over $340,000 in gifts, and the Knight Arts Challenge, with its matching component, will bring us to a total of $640,000.

To learn more about the Campaign for APT, or if you're interested in participating in the Knight Foundation's challenge to Pig Iron, please contact Director of Development Sarah Yusavitz at sarahy@pigiron.org or (215) 873-0883.  More info about the campaign is available in the document attached below.

To read more about the Knight Foundation winners, click here.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge is a $9 million initiative supporting innovative projects that inspire and enrich Philadelphia’s communities.  The Knight Foundation has devoted millions of dollars to fund artistic initiatives and programs across the country, and Pig Iron thanks them for energizing the Philadelphia arts community, especially in a time when innovation and risk-taking seem even more perilous than usual.

Photo: Lee Ann Etzold from Pig Iron's FLOP (2003), courtesy of jjtiziou.net.

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