Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced grants totaling $30 million to small and midsize nonprofit arts organizations in six cities to strengthen their organizational capacity and programming.
Unrestricted grants for general operating support were awarded through the foundation's Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program to two hundred and sixty-two arts and cultural institutions in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In addition, Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct management trainings for the two-year program, which will include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and board members. Grantees are required to secure matching funds, ensure 100 percent board participation in fundraising, participate in a management training program and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online financial management tool that enables arts groups to track trends and benchmark their progress.
Grant recipients include the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Center for the Book. AIM was piloted from 2011 to 2013 in New York City, where it helped two hundred and forty-five organizations to increase contributed and earned income, improve board engagement, and reach new audiences.
"AIM is well-positioned to make a significant, lasting impact on American arts organizations," said DeVos Institute chair Michael M. Kaiser. "In addition to its remarkable breadth, this program is unique in that it provides participants with general operating support and management training. This unique approach empowers participants to navigate the rapid changes in technology, demographics, and the economy that continue to affect arts organizations across the country. We are honored to partner with Bloomberg Philanthropies in this endeavor, and we look forward to working with AIM participants to foster a sustainable cultural sector in each of these six cities."
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Bloomberg Philanthropies website.