About the Peer Panel Process


The Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s peer panel process annually convenes approximately 100 volunteers representing the region’s arts and culture community. Panelists contribute artistic, administrative, educational, and operational perspectives in discussion and evaluation of grant applications. Members of the Greater Philadelphia arts and culture community are encouraged to apply.

Peer Panelist service:

  • requires a time commitment of 30 to 40 hours
  • begins in October and runs through December 2017
  • includes orientation, reading between 8 and 18 applications, conducting one or two site visits, and one full day of panel service

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund is committed to diversity both in our grantees and our panelists. We invite prospective panelists of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, and artistic disciplines to apply; the 2018 Art & Culture Peer Panelist Application is now available!

To learn more about the Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s peer panel process or to volunteer, contact Michelle Currica, Program Manager, at michelle@philaculturalfund.org or 267-419-7642.

We are grateful for the commitment of time, service and insight contributed by the 2017 Peer Panelists.

2017 Art & Culture Grants Peer Panelists

Abigail Guay Julie Mansfield
Adachi Pimentel Kate Fox
Adam Lesnick KC Chun-Manning
Aisha Khan Kelli Paul
Alan Powell Kelly Kuwabara
Alex Husted Kevin Gifford
Alexander Freeman Kevin Glaccum
Ann Mintz Laura Van Tassell
Anne Marie Rhoades Lauren Putty White
Annette Monnier Lauren Rile Smith
Ariel Edwards Lea Deutsch
Ben Grinberg Lesly L. Attarian
Britney Hines Lindsey G Nevin
Brittany L. Webb Lisa A Miller
Brittnie Knight Lisa Jo Epstein
Cara Blouin Liz McClearn
Catherine Ross Lukas Weidner
Cheryl Carson Mahpiua Pia Deas, Dr.
Christina Larocco Marla Soffer
Christopher Gianunzio Mary Stegura
Danielle Flitter Maureen McGuigan
Deborah Block Maxine Gaiber
Donna Ann Harris Michael Lane
Doris Parent Michael Madeja
Eboni Zamani ML Wernecke
Eliza Coviello Nadav Carmel
Gillian T. Maguire Nancy Plum
Hannah Rechtschaffen Neeta Patel
Harry Slack Nikia A. Brown
Heather Smith Noreen Shanfelter
Jacque Liu Rachel McCausland
Jarrod Markman Sanaz Hojreh
Jay Pennie Sandra Andino
Jeannette R. Geter Sean Timmons
Jesse Harrod Stephanie Phillips
Jessica Craft Susan Nicodemus Quinn
John Grassey Tina Brock
Jonathan Burton Victoria Edwards
Jos Duncan


2017 Youth Arts Enrichment Grants Peer Panelists

Abigail Guay Matthew Decker
Catherine Sirizzotti Megan Lafferty
Danielle Bursk Melanie R. Richter
Deborah Block Mimi Fox
Jacque Liu Olivia Thomas
Jennifer Turnbull Sanaz Hojreh
Josh Brilliant Teresa Engst
Kathleen Seufert Tim Gibbon
Lisa Nelson-Haynes Trapeta Mayson
Louis Scaglione


The Philadelphia Cultural Fund is a non-profit corporation established by Philadelphia’s Mayor and City Council in 1991 to support and enhance the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents. The Fund promotes art and culture as engines of social, educational and economic development in the Philadelphia region. Grants are made from the City budget allocation to the Cultural Fund for operating support of Philadelphia-based arts and cultural organizations.