The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation has awarded 60 organizations in New York City grants to help fund day-to-day operations as well as programming and exhibitions. The grants vary in amount between $5,000 and $20,000, with the total reaching $777,000.
The grants draw from the New York-based foundation’s Art and Social Justice initiative, established in 2015 to with a mission to use “art as a tool for advocacy and creative change, inclusive community engagement, and the promotion of greater civic participation and public discourse.”
Among the awardees are the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, which had a stellar year of programming since its reopening last year, as well as Creative Time, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Laundromat Project, and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The foundation has also given grants to several artists residency programs, including Residency Unlimited, BronxArtSpace, Culture Push, and Weeksville Heritage Center.
In a statement, Sara Reisman, the foundation’s executive and artistic director, said, “With so many at-risk communities under pressure, we were compelled to support smaller organizations whose work is responsive to the current political climate, models experimentation, and offers sustained engagement. We also wanted to ensure that high caliber artistic programming is made available to communities who are not conventionally served by arts philanthropy.”
The full list of grant recipients follows below.
African Film Festival, Inc.
American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA)
Anthology Film Archives
The Arab-American Family Support Center
Artists Space, Inc.
ARTs East New York
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)
Cave Canem Foundation
Center for Book Arts
Center for Urban Pedagogy
CUE Art Foundation
Culture Push, Inc.
Dance Theatre Etcetera
Dances For A Variable Population
Dancing in the Streets
Disability Dance Works
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Friends of Materials for the Arts
Gina Gibney Dance, Inc.
Great Small Works
Haleakala, Inc. DBA The Kitchen
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
ISSUE Project Room
The Laundromat Project
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Movement Research, Inc.
New York Live Arts (fiscal sponsor for Phantom Limb Company/Octopus Theatricals)
No Longer Empty
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Old Stone House & Washington Park
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
Signature Theatre Company, Inc.
Social Practice Queens (SPQ)
Socrates Sculpture Park
SOHO20 Artists Inc.
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, Inc.
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Triangle Arts Association
Visual AIDS for the Arts
Weeksville Heritage Center
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)
Young New Yorkers