Media Film Festival Awarded PNC Arts Alive Grant

Caitlin McMahon 1 MAC News, Media Film Festival

August 2019 (MEDIA, PA) – The Media Arts Council has been selected to receive a coveted grant through the PNC Arts Alive initiative to support the Media Film Festival over the next two years. PNC Arts Alive recognizes a select group of arts organizations for bold thinking around increasing arts access and engagement. Now in its 13th year, The Media Film Festival is a festival of short, independent films which screens every April at the historic Media Theatre.

“We are in esteemed company,” says Dave Scheivert, Festival Chair. “The list of grantees includes some legendary arts organizations and the Media Arts Council is very proud to be among them. The PNC Arts Alive grant will not only support our goal of creating a vibrant and diverse community arts event, but will also validate the work of the tireless volunteers who make the Media Film Festival happen.”

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of PNC and the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Now in its eleventh year, PNC Arts Alive challenges visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking in expanding audience participation and engagement. A very prestigious grant, just over 30 organizations were selected in 2019–and this notably includes several first-time grantees, through a new component, PNC Arts Alive CONNECT, designed to support smaller, community-based arts and cultural organizations whose programming directly benefits the neighborhoods in which they operate.

“The success of PNC Arts Alive can be seen in its continued extension, as well as the addition of support for neighborhood arts and culture organizations,” Meterchick said. “With PNC Arts Alive-funded programing spanning more than a decade, we continue to see its benefits as our arts community grows and creates innovative exhibits and experiences reaching hundreds of thousands of people.”

The Media Arts Council will receive $15,000 toward the Media Film Festival in 2020 and 2021 with the funds dedicated to creating more “Best of the Fest” screening opportunities in the community, particularly for audiences who may not have easy access to a film festival. Venues will include libraries in Delaware County. To view a schedule of upcoming PNC Arts Alive programs from the MFF please visit mediafilmfestival.org

The Media Arts Council is an organization dedicated to supporting local artists and presenting a variety of arts to the community. MAC operates an art gallery and other programs in its location at 609-B W. State Street in the Borough’s West End District next to the Sterling Pig Brewery. For more information go to mediaartscouncil.org

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year initiative of PNC and the PNC Foundation dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. For more information, visit pncartsalive.com.