Mary Lattimore has been named a 2014 Pew Fellow by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, an organization that awards grants in support of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community. She is one of 12 individuals chosen to receive a $60,000 2014 fellowship award.
“I was very surprised when I was awarded the Fellowship,” said Lattimore. “It’s highly competitive and the true thrill of being chosen is a feeling you don’t get to experience much as an adult. Being secretly nominated, submitting essays and work samples, and then waiting for several months to find out the results all proved to be really thought-provoking. The process required me to dig deeper, reflecting on how past experiences have influenced what I’m doing and then trying to figure out what my goals are for the next two years, attempting to logically and eloquently phrase it all in a limited word-count! The Fellowship offers support for the near future, but then you also have to envision how the things that you’ll learn and do in that time can enrich your career in the bigger picture. So, there’s a lot of introspection that comes with both being nominated for and in winning such a prestigious gift. I feel really grateful for the future opportunities and for the chance to sit down and think about it.
“Our 2014 grantees attest to the dynamism and variety of Philadelphia’s cultural scene and carry the promise of exciting and rewarding experiences for audiences across the region,” said Paula Marincola, executive director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. “We are gratified to support such a vibrant and ambitious group of artists and projects.
Coming up for Lattimore is a tour with synth player Jeff Zeigler and performing a live score to the French silent film Le Revelateur. The pair’s duo recording Slant of Light will be released on September 23. “I’m really looking forward to interacting with the other Fellows, as they’re from all different disciplines and creative backgrounds. I’m also going to invest in new equipment, effects pedals, and work on some new records. Now that there is a better budget, ideas have a little extra luminescence.”