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 20 to 40 hours
  • recruitment for the 2019 Art & Culture Peer Panels begin in mid-summer 2018
  • will begin in November and will run through December 2018
  • 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. Fill out the 2019 Art & Culture Grant Peer Panelist Application and forward your current CV or resume to info@philaculturalfund.org to complete your application. The deadline to apply has been extended to November 2, 2018.

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 2018 Peer Panelists.

2018 Art & Culture Grants Peer Panelists

Adam Lesnick Katherine Haas
Adrienne Harding Kathy Seufert
Aisha Khan Kelli Paul
Alan Powell Kevin Schott
Ali Gathers Kimberly Niemela
Alice Yorke LaNeshe Miller-White
Allison Kelsey Lara Fields
Alyssa Kaminski Lauren Rile Smith
Andy Thierauf Lea Deutsch
Ann Marie Rhoades Linda Dubin Garfield
Ann Mintz Lisa Jo Epstein
Anne-Marie Mulgrew Lisa Miller
Ariel Taylor Lisa Sonneborn
Arlene Hilton Lise Funderburg
Baily Cypress Liz Sytsma
Barbara Wilson M’Balia​ ​Singley
Brian Kurtas Mark Huxsoll
Brittany Webb Marla Soffer
Brittnie Knight Matt Kalasky
Cara Blouin Megan Becker
Carlos Roa Megan Lafferty
Carly Rapaport-Stein Melanie R. Richter
Carol Zou Melissa Hamilton
Caroline Winschel Melissa Keiper
Catherine Lee Michael Lane
Catherine Radbill Michael Madeja
Catherine Ross ML Wernecke
Celeste DiNucci Nadav Carmel
Cheryl Carson Nell Bang-Jensen
Daniel Guy Peter Conn
David Harrison Rachel McCausland
Donna Ann Harris Rae Pagliarulo
Doris Parent Rebecca Daniels
Eboni Zamani Rebecca Roy
Elisabeth Zafiris Rebekah Wilcox
Elizabeth McClearn Robert Blackson
Ellen Fleurov Robert Smythe
Eric Hung Sarah Leonard
Fred Kaplan-Mayer Sarah Mitteldorf
Gabrielle Suzenski Sheila Egan
Gay Walling Sheila Mitchell
Gigi Naglak Shivon Love
Heather Karasow Smith Stacy Dutton
Imani Roach Stephanie Fuentes
Jacque Liu Stephanie Phillips
Janet Chance Steven Wasserleben
Jay Pennie Susan Shifrin
Jeannette  Geter Teri Scott
Jenna Wilchinsky Tezarah Wilkins
Jessica Baumert Thomas Leischner
John Federico Tina Barber
John Henderson, Jr. Tina Brock
Julia Rainer Tommie-Waheed Evans
Karen Lewis Tracy Buchanan
Kate Fox Vashti DuBois
Katherine Blodgett



2018 Youth Arts Enrichment Grants Peer Panelists

Abigail King Kimberly Niemela
Accra Zuberi Kori Beaman
Ami Yares Megan O’Donnell
Amy Murphy Michael O’Bryan
Angela Faranda Michelle Wallace
Ann Garner Nicholas Pagon
Aviva Kapust Ricky Stickler
Erik Petersons Roger Lee
Jiawen Xiong Samantha Rise
John Henderson Shivon Love
Julia Rubio Susan LaPalombara
Kevin Gifford Zachary Weber
Khalilah D. Pitts


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.