About the Peer Panel Process

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s peer panel process annually convenes over 100 volunteers representing the region’s arts and culture community for our two grant programs: the Art & Culture Grants and the Youth Arts Enrichment Grants. Panelists contribute artistic, administrative, educational, evaluative, and operational perspectives in discussion and evaluation of grant applications. Members of the Greater Philadelphia arts and culture community are encouraged to apply.

Call for 2019 Youth Arts Enrichment Peer Panelists:

This spring Philadelphia Cultural Fund will award Youth Arts Enrichment (YAE) grants to Established organizations (groups over 5 years old) that were awarded a 2019 Art & Culture general operating grant.

Our goal for the 2019 YAE Peer Panel is to build a cohort of panelists with a strong background in youth arts education, youth-centered program creation, development and/or evaluation who represent a variety of expertise, perspectives, and disciplines.

Program scope:

    • YAE grants support specific programming that uses the arts to enrich the lives of young people, aged 5 to 18, in and out of school.
    • The goal of the grant program is to provide high-quality arts instruction, training, and participatory experiences to young people (aged 5 to 18) who are most unlikely to access cultural enrichment through other avenues. This includes programming in Philadelphia’s most underserved, impoverished communities.
    • The maximum grant award is $20,000.
    • Grants will be awarded in June 2019.
    • YAE Peer panel service is completed virtually. Site visits and in-person panel meetings are not included in this panel process. All scoring is completed online through Zengine, the Cultural Fund’s new grant management platform.
    • YAE applications will be scored by two groups of panelists; some will be assigned to Round #1 and some to Round #2.
    • The 2019 YAE Guidelines are available here.


For more information about Youth Arts Enrichment Grant Panel service interested individuals may call 267-419-7642 or email michelle@philaculturalfund.org by Tuesday, April 2nd.

 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.

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.