Andreas Heineke and Dialogue in the Dark: Mitigating Social Gaps and Fostering Empathy

Andreas Heineke and Dialogue in the Dark: Mitigating Social Gaps and Fostering Empathy

Globally, it is estimated that 1.3 billion people live with some form of distance or near vision impairment. Prejudice about blindness is widespread; blind people do not have equal access to education and the labor market. Social entrepreneur Andreas Heinecke was determined to do something about it. He founded Dialogue in the Dark—in which blind people lead the audience in small groups through a set of real-life scenarios in total darkness to share this experience.

Thom Collins and the Barnes Foundation: Advancing Education and Appreciation of the Fine Arts

Thom Collins and the Barnes Foundation: Advancing Education and Appreciation of the Fine Arts

Dr. Albert C. Barnes believed that art had the power to improve minds and transform lives. The Barnes Foundation's diverse educational programs are based on his teachings and one-of-a-kind collections—both his art holdings in Philadelphia and the rare trees, flowers and other plants at the Barnes Arboretum.

Barbara Silzle and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund: Enhancing the City’s Cultural Life

Barbara Silzle and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund: Enhancing the City’s Cultural Life

Barbara J. Silzle is a mission-driven leader in Philadelphia’s arts and philanthropic communities. Since 2015, she has served as executive director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide grant funds to enhance arts and cultural organizations throughout Philadelphia.

Chris Gruits: Curating Innovative and Groundbreaking Programs at the Annenberg Center

Chris Gruits: Curating Innovative and Groundbreaking Programs at the Annenberg Center

Chris Gruits is the executive and artistic director of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His vision returns the Annenberg Center to its roots as Philadelphia’s premier curator of innovative and groundbreaking programs, and a wide range of collaborations in dance, music, theater and more. A signature of his leadership is the cultivation of partnerships across the community, reflecting the Annenberg Center’s commitment to serving the University of Pennsylvania, the surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhood and the Greater Philadelphia region.