Rockefeller boosts Big Apple arts and culture

A new program from the Rockefeller Foundation aims to spark innovation and creativity in the arts and culture community of its home city.

The funder’s $2.5 million New York City Cultural Innovation Fund will award grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 annually in an effort to spark new cultural opportunities in the city and strengthen the impact of the arts.

To be eligible for one of the two-year grants, organizations must have an annual budget of at least $250,000 and propose a project that falls in one of four areas:

* New artistic works showing how innovation can broaden artistic depth and breadth of groups in visual, performing and media arts

* Issues shaping the future of the city’s cultural and civic agenda

* Partnerships joining community groups with universities and the private sector

* Efforts aimed at dismantling obstacles that prevent cultural vitality

Additional information about the fund is available on the foundation’s website.  The deadline for initial applications is July 20.

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