For the first 15 years of our artistic work we always made sure the Art paid for itself, and we had no funders. At some point we realized that the art can pay for itself only at the expense of paying the Artists that create it. So we started to ask funders to help us pay those Artists and then to pay Artists better. These are the funders that have helped us to do this over the past few years.
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens.
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City’s vibrant cultural life. Among our primary missions is to ensure adequate public funding for non-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the five boroughs.
The Black Seed is a first-ever national strategic plan to create impact and thrivability for Black theater institutions, unprecedentedly conceptualized and led by the Black theater field. The Black Seed is a force for systemic change in the arts and culture world: a national Think Tank of Black theater institutional leaders; a fund seeded by a collective of funders; National Leadership Circle for major donors to invest in Black theater institutions across the nation; The Black Seed Cohort comprised of national networks and coalitions; and a national marketing campaign to tell the story of Black theater in America.
The Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust provides capacity-building support to performing arts organizations in New York City.
Howard Gilman believed in the power of the arts to transform lives. The Howard Gilman Foundation honors his legacy by supporting the most robust, innovative, and promising performing arts organizations in New York City.
The Indie Theater Fund, formerly the LIT Fund, is designed to financially and otherwise assist organizations and individual artists creating independent theater in the five boroughs of New York City. The intent of the Fund is to protect, sustain and strengthen this vital segment of American theater, in any economic environment, and to further enhance its positive impact on the cultural landscape of the city.
The Sundance Institute’s Interdisciplinary Program (IDP) is pleased to announce supported artists of two new cohorts: the 2021 Interdisciplinary Program Grantees and the 2021-2022 Art of Practice Fellows. The nonprofit Institute’s mission and values have nurtured a powerful community of artists throughout its 40-year history, and developed a flexible and innovative approach to artist support. This allowed the Institute to evolve nimble solutions in tenuous times, as the current global pandemic disrupts artists whose work is based on location, synchronicity, and new technology.
Aurand Harris Grants and Fellowships are made possible through an endowment established by the late Aurand Harris and administered by the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. Aurand Harris, one of this nation’s most published and performed playwrights for children and youth, enormously enriched the literature of American children’s theatre. Plays such as “Androcles and the Lion,” translated into 10 languages, “The Arkansaw Bear.” “The Toby Show.” “Rags to Riches.” and “To Ride a Blue Horse.” are but a few of his plays that fill stages in this country and abroad. Harris’s writings, informed by his studies in Kansas and at Northwestern University and by his teaching initially, in the Gary, IN school system, and subsequently, for over thirty years at Grace School in New York, have captured the spirit and interests of children for generations.
Harris had a deep concern for artists, particularly playwrights, who devote their careers to creating quality theatre for young audiences, and for theatres who produce theatre for children. Through his foresight and generosity, the Children’s Theatre Foundation of American has been able to establish Aurand Harris Fellowships for artists serving young people and grants for small and mid-sized theatres throughout America.
We congratulate the FRIGID New York, Inc. for being an Aurand Harris 2020- 2021 Grant recipient.
A special shoutout to America, for pitching in actual federal dollars and doing exactly what the one sentence mission for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant said you would do “provide emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19.”
Mary and Gregory Juedes Fund
The Rodgers Family Charitable Fund
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Ryan Adam Wells
Peter Michael Marino
Infinite Variety Productions
The Living Theatre