The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has announced grants totaling $1.5 million to help museums in New York City "build back better" and create a more diverse cultural experience after months of closure.
Awarded through the foundation's Culpeper Arts & Culture program, the grants will support exhibitions, programs, residencies, and other projects designed to provide greater visibility and opportunities for artists who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color, as well as for women and LGBTQ artists, whose work continues to be underrepresented in major U.S. museums. The initiative also will support museums' efforts to serve, reflect, and celebrate diverse cultural communities across the city's five boroughs.
Grant recipients include the Africa Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York, the Queens Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
"Established museums offer access to the networks, relationships, public audiences, and long-term resources needed to sustain a creative career, but their traditional structures often exclude BIPOC, LGBTQ, and women artists from those opportunities," said Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, program director for arts and culture at RBF and chair of the city's CreateNYC Citizens' Advisory Committee. "The arts and cultural organizations of New York, a global creative capital and one of the most diverse cities on earth, have a special responsibility to their home city and to the global arts community to deconstruct those hurdles and set a model for the sector to transform its approaches to diversity and representation."
(Photo credit: Bronx Museum/Norman McGrath)