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PHILADELPHIA-Standing at the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where Rocky warmed up, Gov. Mark Schweiker handed out $43.35 million in state grants to nine of the city’s pet arts projects. Schweiker, who will soon be replaced byformer mayor Ed Rendell in Harrisburg, reportedly is looking to head the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

The museum received $12.5 million, the largest proportion of this round of state funding, for renovations of the main building and an adjacent one. This grant comes on top of an additional $12.5 million in state money, donated to the museum fund by Schweiker earlier this year.

Franklin Institute received $7 million for its ongoing renovation project.

Walnut Street Theatre got $5 million for construction of a new, 300-seat theater and adjoining rehearsal hall.

Another $5 million went to Woodmere Art Museum’s planned 24,000-sf addition that includes an exhibition hall, auditorium and administrative offices.

Moore College of Art & Design also got $5 million to add a technology center nd expand its studio, gallery and meeting space.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts received $3.5 million to build an education center and restaurant and renovate existing space.

Central Philadelphia Development Corp.’s plans to improve pedestrian use of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway received $2.1 million for additional lighting, sculptures and other outdoor art.

The new National Museum of American Jewish History, planned for IndependenceMall, received $2 million. This comes on top of Sidney Kimmel’s recent $25-million donation.

Settlement Music School’s Mary Louise Curtis branch in South Philadelphia received $1.5 million for an 11,000-sf addition and ongoing improvements.

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