ARTNEWS: THE SHELLEY & DONALD RUBIN FOUNDATION AWARDS SOCIAL JUSTICE GRANTS TO 47 NEW YORK ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

Marisa Williamson, AIR Triangle, Still from Performance: Auction, 2013.
Marisa Williamson, AIR Triangle, Still from Performance: Auction, 2013.

BY Robin Scher,01/26/17

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation announced today the 47 grant recipients of its second annual Art and Social Justice open call. The 2017 grantees are all New York–based arts organizations whose work promotes “positive social change” that echoes the foundation’s belief that “art is a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient and engaged communities.”

“Now more than ever, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is proud to support organizations that believe in the crucial role that art plays in the fight for social change,” Sara Reisman, the artistic director of the foundation, said in a statement. “The grantees are at the forefront of community engagement and cultural advocacy in their communities, tackling timely issues related to xenophobia, islamophobia, LGBTQ rights, racism, criminal justice, income inequality, and women’s rights among many others. The work they do to provide fundamental access to the arts in the five boroughs of New York City will be critical in the years to come, given the current political landscape.”

The full list of grantees follows below.

The Arab-American Family Support Center The Architectural League of New York ARTs East New York AXS Lab Battery Dance Center for Architecture Center for Book Arts Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center Inc. Creative Capital Creative Time CUE Art Foundation Dance Theatre Etcetera Dancing in the Streets FiveMyles Foundation for Contemporary Arts Franklin Furnace Friends of Materials for the Arts Gina Gibney Dance, Inc. Haleakala, Inc, DBA The Kitchen Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum ISSUE Project Room The Laundromat Project Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Mark DeGarmo Dance Maysles Institute (dba Maysles Documentary Center) Movement Research The New Museum New York City Department of Cultural Affairs The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) PARTICIPANT INC Pepatian Ping Chong + Company Queens College – Social Practice Queens (SPQ) Queens Museum Radiator Gallery, fiscal sponsorship via NYFA Recess Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Socrates Sculpture Park Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling Theatre of the Oppressed NYC Triangle Arts Alliance Visual AIDS Weeksville Heritage Center Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) Young New Yorkers