Sinta is a dance artist and community leader dedicated to preserving and promoting Indonesian tradition and culture as well as raising awareness of social justice and immigration issues. She is the founder of Modero & Company dance group, offering programs to bring Philadelphia’s Indonesian community together and presenting performances throughout the city. 

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PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 6, 2022) — The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in collaboration with The Barra Foundation, Neubauer Family Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and Wyncote Foundation announced today $1,170,000 in fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-area artists and cultural practitioners of color through the Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures (PCT) funding initiative.

The recipients are artists working in music, performance, film, visual arts, literature, and multidisciplinary and community-based art forms: Daryl Kwasi BurgeeVashti DuboisMaori Karmael HolmesHomer JacksonWit LópezRoberto LugoLouis MassiahPepón OsorioUrsula RuckerSinta Penyami StormsAndrea Walls, and Yolanda Wisher.

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In the evening of September 28, the city of Palu in Central Sulawesi of Indonesia was struck by a major natural disaster. An earthquake of 7.5 magnitude that led to a 3-meter high tsunami that hit the city and its surrounding, destructing all buildings and washing everything that is in its way. More than 2000 people are confirmed dead. I gathered the Indonesian community in South Philly for a vigil, collected donation close to $3000 but I feel that we can do more!


With my own funding, I’m about to embark on an exploratory visit to Palu on Sulawesi. I would like to be on the ground to see the conditions there several months after the earthquake and tsunami that ripped the land apart. I also want to learn about the ways in which the inhabitants of Palu themselves are re-claiming community and to observe how the benefits from outside partnerships and assistance have helped them.
Maroso means “strong” in Pamonian, my native language

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