UPDATE: We’ve just released a series of updates on these exciting projects. Click here to read more.
We’re pleased to announce that the Rockefeller Foundation has provided funding to EmcArts to document the work of 16 New York City cultural institutions ranging from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to the Center for Urban Pedagogy as they implement their 2011 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund (CIF) awards. Each unique organization received a grant of up to $250,000 to develop a project that enriches neighborhoods, ignites communities, inspires with new artistic work, or builds a better future through art and design in New York City.
Kicking off with this series of audio postcards, the partnership provides a unique opportunity to share learning and insights about innovation in the culture sector with other organizations, funders, and the field. There are important new strategies being developed throughout the professional arts and culture field, but too often they remain isolated and not widely known. It is part of EmcArts’ vision to move the dialogue around innovation from the margins to the center of our discourse in the arts.
Over the next four weeks, we’ll be highlighting small groups of projects around four themes: equitable access to cultural offerings, affirming and supporting communities’ expression, better supporting artists and arts organizations, and environmental resilience. Over the next 18 months, stay tuned to ArtsFwd to follow the stories of these 16 organizations through thematic podcasts and multimedia profiles of CIF grantees and more.
To explore and develop creative approaches to serving local artists, community-based organizations, and audiences.
To launch One Big City, series of public events created collaboratively by NYC and international visiting artists engaging with and responding to NYC’s diaspora communities, presented at local cultural venues.
To host Dancing in the Streets as a company in residence and work together with their community to develop a performance series illuminating the South Bronx’s cultural legacy.
To develop a design clinic that helps community organizations to demystify and visualize complex urban issues.
To bring to life NYC’s hidden visual history using personal family photographic archives and stories through the interactive Digital Diaspora Family Reunion: One City, One Family project.
To investigate the overlap between the creative, health and sustainability practices of their Southside Williamsburg community.
To develop a city-wide network with Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center in partnership with Arts + Community Change, Fourth Arts Block, El Museo del Barrio, El Puente, NY Chinatown History Project, Queens Museum of Art, and others.
To partner with The Majora Carter Group for youth, artists and other community members to identify transportation-related concerns in the South Bronx and recommend design, signage and policy solutions with the Department of Transportation.
To utilize behavioral science for a stakeholder-engagement program for NYC’s performing arts organizations in partnership with strategy and marketing firm Orcasci.
To provide professional mentoring to New York Latino/a and Native writers, producers and directors of narrative and documentary projects to create and advance new films.
For a public art installation along the length of Broadway that makes the city’s sustainability initiatives tangible to citizens at street level through collaborations between the artist, scientists and the community.
The re-imagining of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop, to support a new mid-career resident artist program. The audio postcard will be available shortly.
For their collaboration with a series of NYC arts organizations to support and train performance-based political artists to develop and share new work.
To expand OurGoods.org, an online barter network for creative people.
To build an online forum that allows the public to develop and share their own preferred ecological climate-resilient designs for Manhattan.