Councilmember David Cohen Award

Councilmember David Cohen Award

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s Cohen Award was established in 2006 to honor and perpetuate the extraordinary legacy of the late Councilman David Cohen.  Councilman David Cohen was a lifelong advocate and supporter of Philadelphia’s arts and culture community; he served on the Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s Board of Directors for many years.  Councilman Cohen represented the northwest district on City Council for 29 years. He died in office aged 90, on October 3, 2005.

In honor of his long time service to the cultural community, the Board of Directors created this annual non-cash Award to recognize an arts and culture organization in the City which has demonstrated by its mission, programming, art related work product, or services offered, an outstanding commitment to social and economic justice. This may be demonstrated by the organization’s mission as defined and implemented; the organization’s subject matter and quality of the art and culture work product; and the support given to or engagement by the organization in justice issues being pursued by peer organizations or the City.  

Cohen Award recipients are chosen through the annual Art & Culture Grant Program peer review process. Each peer panel may select an organization to recommend to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund Board of Directors; the Board will select the recipient from the list of recommendations.

2020 Cohen Award Recipient

The Colored Girls Museum


2019 PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company

2018  PhillyCAM

2017  The Village of Arts and Humanities

2016  Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

2015  Philly Youth Poetry Movement

2014  Jazz Bridge Project

2013  Blackboard Labs

2012  Historic Germantown + Art-Reach

2011  Wagner Free Institute

2010  COSA COSA Art-at-Large

2009  Settlement Music School

2008  Art Sanctuary

2007  Scribe Video Center

2006  Philadelphia Folklore Project

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