The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced nearly $1.8 million in grants in recent weeks for exhibitions and local heritage projects.

The Pew Exhibitions Initiative, an arm of the center, will be providing more than $1.1 million for exhibitions and planning by seven organizations.

The Institute of Contemporary Art received $250,000 for the first major museum show devoted to Los Angeles installation artist Jason Rhoades, who died in 2006. The Michener Art Museum received $250,000 toward mounting "Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism."

The Philadelphia Art Alliance was awarded $200,000 to mount a show of work by sculptors and installation artists Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen. The Philadelphia Museum of Art received $250,000 for a multidisciplinary exhibition focusing on works by Marcel Duchamp.

The Print Center was awarded $118,700 for an exhibition by Demetrius Oliver, "Canis Major." Ars Nova Workshop received a $15,000 planning grant for an exhibition featuring musicians Han Bennink and Peter Brötzmann title "Drawings, Paintings & Objects." The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education also received a planning grant — $25,000 for revision of its environmental art program.

The Pew center has also announced $766,000 in grants through its Heritage Philadelphia program.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation was awarded $144,800 to help launch Chemistry on Trial, a participatory program for high school students.

Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center Archives received $199,700 to bring a chunk of the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania archive online. Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates received a $75,000 planning grant for a project exploring the city's historic textile industry.

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and the John Coltrane House received a $75,000 planning grant to develop a program strategy for the Coltrane house. Scribe Video Center received a $200,000 grant to help produce Muslim Voices of Philadelphia, an oral history project.

The Temple University Institute on Disabilities received a $75,000 planning grant to explore the potential of public performance as a means of engaging the larger community in a dialogue around disability issues.

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