Museum Council


John Alviti Fund for Museum Innovation


In the spirit of cultural leader John Alviti’s curiosity and imagination, the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia has established the John Alviti Fund for Museum Innovation. John is known for sharing his deep knowledge of history, science, and technology, and for mentoring emerging museum colleagues. He is an important member of Museum Council, and this new fund honors John’s contributions to Philadelphia’s museum sector and enables cultural institutions in the region to test new approaches to programming, exhibitions, community engagement, and/or audience development.

The Museum Council will award one grant in the amount of $2,000 to support an institution in the Philadelphia region as it tests a new or expanded approach in programming, exhibitions, community engagement, and/or audience development. As this is a new program, Museum Council is open to ideas varying in size, scope, and impact that have the potential to benefit both visitors and the field.


  • Applicant must be a current Museum Council member at the institutional level. If you are not a current member, visit to join.

  • Awardee must complete a brief report on their experience within 60 days of project completion, and provide information for use in Museum Council’s marketing and promotional materials.

  • Awardees must commit to sharing their project with Museum Council members through a public event, such as a panel discussion, workshop, or presentation, within one year of project completion.

  • Project must take place between January 1 and December 31 the upcoming year.

Application Process:

  • We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back Fall 2019 for updates and deadlines.

  • Applications will be reviewed by the Museum Council board and the awardee will be notified late December or early January.

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2019 Grantee

The Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce The Free Library of Philadelphia as the recipient of the John Alviti Fund for Museum Innovation. The Library will be hosting a Community Day on February 16, 2019 in connection with its current exhibition Philadelphia: The Changing City. The exhibition visualizes the evolution of the city through 300 years of prints, photographs, documents, and maps. It reveals the planned and unplanned changes that have affected Philadelphia's landscape, its buildings, and its inhabitants, exploring how Philadelphia has been re-formed and re-shaped throughout its history.

The Community Day will bring people together from the city’s disparate neighborhoods, allow them to view the exhibition, and engage in interactive activities that bring its relevant themes to life. Possible interactive activities include navigating the city’s neighborhoods using VR headsets, jam sessions with renowned Philadelphia musicians, a cooking class on Pepper Pot Soup, a famed African-originated Philadelphia dish, textile-making workshop inspired by the city’s history as “Workshop of the World” in conversation with entrepreneurs about today’s maker movement.

In order to encourage participation throughout the city, Free Library Friends groups, book clubs, ESL groups/classes will be encouraged to offer programming related to the exhibition at their local library from January through March. These groups will be offered free, round-trip public transportation passes, transportation route maps, and other resources to Community Day.