The pilot grant program is designed to encourage innovative strategies aimed at catalyzing greater access to — and participation in — cultural opportunities in diverse neighborhoods in central Brooklyn and the South Bronx. Each of the twelve grantees will receive funding of between $50,000 and $100,000 for initiatives ranging from the digitization of the history of the Caribbean diaspora in Brooklyn, to a monthly live-performance series featuring transgender and gender nonconforming artists from the South Bronx, to a project that combines the arts and the tenets of environmental and social justice campaigns to bring together residents and workers in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. In addition to their grants, grantees will receive technical support and other resources from Lincoln Center aimed at furthering their work.
"We are dedicated to ensuring communities can create, collaborate, and blaze new trails toward a better future," said Rockefeller Foundation president Rajiv J. Shah. "The inaugural Cultural Innovation Fund with Lincoln Center will empower neighborhoods from central Brooklyn to the South Bronx to increase access to cultural opportunities benefitting local residents and New York City as a whole. We are honored to lift up these forward-thinking initiatives, and look forward to seeing how they bring together the arts and social issues."
For a complete list of grantees, see the Rockefeller Foundation website.