46 NYC Arts Organizations awarded grants by the SDRF

Pruitt dry erase at St. Mary's Hospital for Children, Bayside, NY

Rob Pruitt at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside, NY. The project was instigated by 2016 Foundation grantee RxArt.


We are excited to begin the New Year with the announcement of the 46 inaugural grant recipients, following our first open call under our new Art and Social Justice initiative. Shelley and Donald Rubin have always believed that art has the power to inspire positive social change, and the selected grantees reflect this commitment to social justice. The 2016 grantees serve the five boroughs of New York City and feature a diverse range of programming that seeks to catalyze collective action, promote equality, contribute to advocacy and policy change, and develop capacity for greater civic engagement and public discourse.  The grants provide a range of support to these organizations, including funding that assists in the crucial aspects of day-to-day operations and operating support for exhibitions, performances, special projects, and educational programs.


The organizations selected exemplify the Art and Social Justice initiative’s areas of interest – arts education, art in service and community centers, artistic activism, community-based museums, expanded access to art, public art, and under-recognized artistic practices.


2016 Grant Recipients


Artistic Activism

Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement

Art Beyond Sight

The Center for Artistic Activism

Center for Urban Pedagogy

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Council On The Arts & Humanities For Staten Island (DBA Staten Island Arts)

Culture Push, Inc.


Ping Chong + Company

Queens College/Queens Museum- Social Practice Queens (SPQ)

Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School

Visual AIDS

Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)

The Working Theater, Inc.


Art in Community and Service Centers

Gina Gibney Dance, Inc.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center


RxArt Inc.


Arts Education

Center for Architecture

Center for Book Arts

Children’s Museum of Art

Community-Word Project

Cool Culture

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

Friends of Materials for the Arts

El Museo del Barrio

New Museum of Contemporary Art


Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling


Community-Based Museums

Bronx Museum of Art

Brooklyn Museum

Queens Museum

Socrates Sculpture Park

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Weeksville Heritage Center


Public Art

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

Casita Maria, Inc.

Creative Time


Freshkills Park Alliance

More Art

National Audubon Society

Times Square District Management Association (DBA Times Square Alliance)


Under-Recognized Artistic Practice

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts

Triangle Arts Association


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