Moore Receives Federal Grant for "Literacy Through Photography" Program

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2010

(Philadelphia, PA) U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) announced today that Moore has been awarded a matching competitive federal grant under the Museums for America program. The grant will help the Galleries at Moore introduce photographer Wendy Ewald's nationally acclaimed "Literacy Through Photography" work to Philadelphia.

Moore will receive a $79,138 grant – and provide a match of $81,474 – to showcase Ewald’s work through exhibitions and public programs. For more than 30 years, photographer and educator Ewald has worked with children around the world, using photography and writing activities to help them express what they think and feel about themselves, their families and communities.

The grant also will support Moore’s partnership with the School District of Philadelphia in 2010-11 for the “Arts Rising” program to improve literacy and arts access for school-age children.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Moore's neighbor on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, received a grant to create a digital index for its world-reknowned collection of insect specimens.

“The Parkway is our gateway to culture, learning and enrichment for Philadelphians and visitors, and supporting these two fine institutions is an excellent use of our nation’s cultural resources,” said Congressman Fattah, whose congressional district includes Moore. “I extend congratulations to the Academy of Natural Sciences and Moore College for these innovative proposals that have risen to the top in national competition. These will be dollars well spent.”

The competitive grants are provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its Museums for America program. The Institute has selected for funding about one-third of the 510 applications it received nationwide.

Ewald will receive Moore's Visionary Woman Award on September 30, 2010, along with couture handbag designer Judith Leiber and museum curator Ann Temkin. In 2005, the College decided to have proceeds from the Visionary Woman Awards directed to create Visionary Woman Scholarships. Since then, 24 four-year scholarships have been awarded.

Wendy Ewald - Secret Games: Collaborative Works with Children 1969 - 1999 is currently on view in The Galleries through October 16. In an exhibition spread across three galleries over five months, Secret Games showcases the scope of Ewald’s work and the powerful results of her collaborations with children. The exhibition features approximately 200 photographs along with video installation, a reading room and project documentation.


Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

July 12, 2010
U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) announced today that Moore has been awarded a matching competitive federal grant under the Museums for America program. The grant will help the galleries introduce photographer Wendy Ewald's "Literacy Through Photography" work to Philadelphia through exhibitions and public programs.

Published on July 12th, 2010