The Sachs Program’s grantmaking supports innovative arts activities throughout the Penn community, providing funding to Penn faculty, staff, students, departments, programs, and centers.
Each year, The Sachs Program will fund a wide variety of activities aligned with the funder’s vision to support teaching art, making art, and presenting art, as well as their aim to provide Penn students with increased access to the arts. Browse our Grant Awards by year, category and affiliation, to learn more about what The Sachs Program has supported in its first two years of funding.
Our America (working title)
Nora Gross will complete a collaborative film, as part of her ethnographic dissertation research, which examines the experiences of Black adolescent boys who have lost friends to gun violence: broadly examining the way students cope with these losses and how the school context supports, and in some cases constrains, students’ experiences of grieving and healing.
March 5, 2019
‘Vessels’ at Annenberg Brings the Horrors and the Sisterhood of the Middle Passage to the Stage
Shaun Brady of the Inquirer featured Vessels as it was about to premier at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in March 2019. Vessels was created over a four-year period by artists Rebecca Mwase and Ron Ragin. In the article, Shaun Brady writes that “The inspiration for Vessels came from a talk by poet Nikki Giovanni, who pondered how millions of enslaved people arrived on these shores with their sanity intact. The first thought that leaped into Mwase’s mind was ‘song,’ and she set out to investigate how singing offered at least a spiritual escape from suffering.” Vessels was supported in part by a grant from The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.
July 24, 2018
Wharton Features Sachs Award Winning Undergrad Exploring New Ways to Experience Art and Music
Saif Khawaja, W’21 — hopeful Physics & Astronomy major and musician-at-heart — dislikes formalities. He’s more comfortable with challenging convention: his upcoming student engagement project, for example, is blurring distinctions between hard science, the arts, and how people typically experience creative works.
July 13, 2018
Penn Medicine Launches Neuroaesthetics Research Center
Penn Medicine announced in June the launch of a new Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics, the nation's first research hub dedicated to the intersection of neurobiology and aesthetics.