The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Announces 2019 Grantees
Vital support to be given to 57 cultural leaders in artistic activism, grass-roots organizations, and community-based institutions throughout New York City.
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is pleased to announce the grant recipients for 2019, following the fourth annual art and social justice open call. Fifty-seven organizations across the five boroughs of New York City have been selected for their commitment to social justice through activities like artistic activism, arts education, programming in community-based museums, and emerging artistic practices.
For more than 20 years, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation has championed access to the arts and culture as well as social justice organizations. The Rubin Foundation continues to support organizations who use art as a tool for advocacy and creative change, inclusive community engagement, and the promotion of greater civic participation and public discourse. The contributions provided will assist in educational programs, activist initiatives, and artist residencies, as well as support for exhibitions, performances, artistic production, special projects, and operations.
The organizations selected demonstrate the art and social justice initiative's values - equity, accessibility, and fair pay to artists, activists, and cultural producers - that will result in a range of programming approaches, forms of socially engaged art, organizational scales, and missions. Awards this year once again recognize smaller organizations at the forefront of innovating cultural production that impact civic life both socially and politically, many of which bring artists to the table to take part in institutional decision-making.
This year's applications included projects and programs that address a range of pressing, contemporary issues including LGBTQ rights, distributive justice, sanctuary, court diversion for youth, feminism, disability rights, food justice, and domestic violence, among others. Grantees include Fourth Arts Block, Disability/Arts/NYC, JACK, Alice Austen House, Photo Requests from Solitary (A Project of Solitary Watch), Wendy's Subway, and Forward Union, to name a few.
The 2019 Rubin Foundation art and social justice grants awarded continue to recognize the importance of community-based museums as neighborhood anchors, like El Museo del Barrio, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, Museum of Chinese in America, Queens Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling.
A number of artist residency and workspace programs have received support: FiveMyles for its winter residency for artists; Residency Unlimited for their New York City Artist Safe Haven Prototype; BronxArtSpace's studios for Bronx-based artists; Culture Push's Fellowship for Utopian Practice, and Friends of Materials for the Arts' artist-in-residence studio.
The Foundation is also contributing to a number of professional development programs for emerging arts professionals, such as the Caribbean Cultural Center's African Diaspora Institute's Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship, No Longer Empty's NLE Curatorial Lab, and Art Beyond Sight's Art and Disability Residency Toolkit.
A number of funded organizations address court diversion and recidivism prevention, including Recess, the Incorrigibles Project, Young New Yorkers, and Musicambia.
"This year's awards recognize organizations both large and small that have modeled new ways of working collaboratively, across disciplinary lines, connecting New York City's public with experimental and emerging artistic practices that intersect with activist efforts," states Sara Reisman, Executive and Artistic Director of the Foundation, "As in previous years, we are supporting organizations that facilitate creative programs of the highest artistic caliber, with an unwavering commitment to social and political engagement and a proven capacity to involve historically overlooked audiences."
2019 Grant Recipients
Anthology Film Archives
Art Beyond Sight
BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)
Cave Canem Foundation
Creative Time, Inc.
CUE Art Foundation
Dance Theatre Etcetera
Dancing in the Streets
El Museo del Barrio
Fourth Arts Block
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Freshkills Park Alliance
Friends of Alice Austen House
Friends of Materials for the Arts
ISSUE Project Room
Heidi Latsky Dance
The Laundromat Project
Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Museum of Chinese in America
No Longer Empty
Nuyorican Poets Café
Photo Requests from Solitary (A Project of Solitary Watch)
Social Practice Queens (SPQ)
Socrates Sculpture Park
Studio in a School
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling
Center for Urban Pedagogy
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Triangle Arts Association
viBe Theater Experience
Working Artists and the Greater Economy
Young New Yorkers
In addition to providing integral financial support, the Foundation will continue to bring together grant recipients and the public for workshops, panels, and events at The 8th Floor - the Foundation's exhibition and programming space. These events will offer a platform for dialogue and exchange between organizations to strengthen their work, and build a sense of community while promoting social justice through art.
About The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need. sdrubin.org