Thriving Cultures Grant Descriptions

52nd Street Project

New York, NY | $50,000 (2 years)

To support the 2012 Teen Ensemble as the 52nd Street Project adjusts the curriculum for a new group; and to augment the Teen Employment program with a new seminar on College Applications and explore employment options in the technical theater.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Alliance for California Traditional Arts

Fresno, CA | $105,000

To support a teen artistic development initiative aligned with ACTA’s core programs, which forges a new teenage generation of cultural bearers to inform the current and future health of myriad cultural traditions in California.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet

San Francisco, CA | $150,000 (2 years)

To support the training of young dancers in the LINES Summer Program and increase access to the program.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Americans for the Arts

Washington, DC | $100,000 (2 years)

To support a website that integrates resources from two Animating Democracy initiatives: the Arts & Social Change Mapping Initiative and the Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

Armory Center for the Arts

Pasadena, CA | $75,000

To support Art High, a mentoring and skill-building visual arts program for Pasadena teens that have limited access to sequential studio art programs.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, CA | $150,000 (2 years)

To support continuation of planning for Teen Art Park, and to establish ArtMatters, a new service-learning concentration for Art Center’s Fine Arts students, exploring the intersection of art, civic engagement and social change.

Category: Community Driven Design

Artists Collective, Inc.

Hartford, CT | $75,000

To provide beginning to advanced instrumental and vocal music instruction for up to 125 youth ages 12-21. The program will also include master workshops; performing opportunities; and for exceptional students, advancement to the youth jazz orchestra.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

AS220

Providence, RI | $150,000 (2 years)

To deepen the artmaking experience and practice of the teen members of AS220 Youth.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

New York, NY | $100,000 (2 years)

To support Open City: Mapping Urban Asian America, a community-based fellowship program that brings together emerging writers and community groups to profile five New York City neighborhoods.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

Boston Arts Academy Foundation

Boston, MA | $750,000 (3 years)

To support the transition of the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship program to a new home at the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy. The program is now titled: National Arts Teachers Fellowship (NATF).

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy

Brooklyn, NY | $75,000

To support Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy’s artistic growth by strengthening the core curriculum; building the Young Men’s Ensemble; undertaking major artistic initiatives for BYCA’s 20th Anniversary; and implementing a recruitment and retention initiative.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Center for Creative Youth of the Capitol Region Education Council

Hartford, CT | $150,000 (3 years)

To support the Center for Creative Youth’s pre-college summer arts intensive for teens, including a five-week residential program in instrumental and vocal music, theater, musical theater, technical theater, creative writing, dance, filmmaking, visual arts and photography.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Center for Urban Pedagogy

Brooklyn, NY | $25,000

To support CUP’s Tools for Community Education and Organizing including the Envisioning Development Toolkits and Making Policy Public. These information pieces are produced by artists in collaboration with community organizations.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

Chhaya Community Development

Jackson Heights, NY | $80,000

Continued support for the pre-development of the country’s first culturally and linguistically appropriate multi-generational South Asian community center in Queens, New York.

Category: Community Driven Design

Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland, OH | $100,000 (2 years)

Continued support for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s 25-year history of providing middle and high school students from throughout the region with high quality classical music performance experiences.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

COMPAS

St. Paul, MN | $35,000

To support ArtsWork, COMPAS’s 6-week, summer arts-based employment program for youth ages 14-21, in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Participants develop vital job skills while learning about particular arts forms from professional artists.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Creative Time

New York, NY | $75,000

To expand the reach, impact, and depth of the Creative Time Summit, a two-day conference that promotes socially-engaged art practices and links artists to social justice issues.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

Design Corps

Raleigh, NC | $80,000

To support the growth of the national Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) initiative, allowing disadvantaged cultural groups to be involved in critical decisions that shape their lives.

Category: Community Driven Design

Design Studio for Social Intervention

Roxbury, MA | $50,000

To support Design Studio for Social Intervention’s work, including commissioning five artists using design to address complex social problems.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Detroit, MI | $100,000 (2 years)

To support the development and implementation of a Delivery Co-Operative for creative sector entrepreneurs; and to craft a state-wide advocacy campaign to increase support to Michigan’s creative economy initiatives.

Category: Artists and Economic Development

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Downtown Community Television Center

New York, NY | $50,000

To support the media arts training of inner-city youth through Downtown Community Television Center’s PRO-TV program.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

DreamYard Project

Bronx, NY | $225,000 (3 years)

To further the artistic development of Out of School Program participants, based on components of the ACTION Project — a four-year art and community activism program. Activities will complement ongoing artmaking workshops through mentorships with professional artists, travel opportunities, collaboration with other arts organizations, creation of portfolios with professional artists, and professional development of staff.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Eastside Arts Alliance

Oakland, CA | $150,000 (2 years)

To strengthen the capacity of Eastside Arts Alliance to provide time, space, and opportunity for artists to engage with community and social justice movements and create specific projects addressing vital issues.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

The Foundry Theatre

New York, NY | $60,000

To support the development of artistically rigorous community theater through engagement of artists, social justice organizers and their communities.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

Global Action Project

New York, NY | $50,000

To support Global Action Project’s summer media arts intensive for low-income youth of color from across the City and to advance youth engagement in the craft of creating socially conscious media via technology-based production activities, artistic mentoring, and new media tools.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Groundswell Community Mural Project

Brooklyn, NY | $80,000 (2 years)

To expand Groundswell’s Portfolio Development, a program that provides pre-professional training for youth artists interested in pursuing a socially-engaged practice who are not reached by traditional programs.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Heart of Los Angeles Youth, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA | $90,000 (2 years)

To help HOLA’s Visual Art Department increase artistic resources that will best serve the most committed teens. The goal is to move them through HOLA’s pipeline, preparing them for further education and professional arts opportunities.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Hester Street Collaborative

New York, NY | $40,000

To raise awareness and build public engagement regarding the development of the East River Waterfront; develop both interim and permanent ideas for this public space based on community input; and create a final community-driven design proposal.

Category: Community Driven Design

Institute of Contemporary Art

Boston, MA | $150,000 (3 years)

To support out-of-school teen programs at the ICA for teens with contemporary artists, mentors, and their peers, offering opportunities for artistic advancement and leadership.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Isidore Newman School

New Orleans, LA | $50,000 (2 years)

For 50 students, grades 7-12, drawn from across New Orleans, to participate in New Jazz School, an intensive two-week summer program housed at the Isidore Newman School.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Juxtaposition Arts

Minneapolis, MN | $50,000 (2 years)

To support the expansion of a comprehensive visual art education and jobs program for urban teens, and to further develop business planning expertise to expand the teen-led visual art and design social enterprise: JuxtaLab.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

The Loft Literary Center

Minneapolis, MN | $150,000 (2 years)

To support spoken word artists through community-based immersion fellowships and performance opportunities.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

MAPP International Productions, Inc.

New York, NY | $100,000

To support the planning, development and opening events of “Blink Your Eyes: SekouSundiata Revisited,” a six-month retrospective with performances, humanities events and community activities celebrating artist SekouSundiata (1948-2007).

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, MD | $270,000 (3 years)

To provide mentoring, support, and financial aid to high school students and visual art teachers engaged in an intensive, summer residency, studio art experiences that will increase skills for both college preparedness/teacher quality and impact.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Mattress Factory

Pittsburgh, PA | $35,000

To support the Mattress Factory’s The Factory 14s/Installation Art Intensive for Teens program, providing teen artists with the opportunity and resources to work with professional artists to create installations and develop their conceptual thinking.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Miami City Ballet

Miami Beach, FL | $75,000

To help maintain the quality of Miami City Ballet School’s Summer Intensive Program and the availability of scholarships for students, particularly boys, who are critical to well-rounded training and a source of talent for the company.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey, CA | $225,000 (3 years)

To support the Monterey Jazz Festival’s national Next Generation Jazz Festival, bringing student jazz ensembles together for performances competition and clinics, and national high school Next Generation Jazz Orchestra’s performance tour abroad.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

National Performance Network

New Orleans, LA | $85,000

To support a comprehensive community engagement process to inform the development of the 8th Ward Cultural Community Center.

Category: Community Driven Design

New Orleans Ballet Association

New Orleans, LA | $225,000 (3 years)

To strengthen the artistry and operations of New Orleans Ballet Association’s free, year-round Pre-Professional Program, including its After School Dance Program and Summer Intensive, which trains 115 intermediate/advanced students, ages 12-18.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

New York Youth Symphony

New York, NY | $60,000

To enhance and expand the activities of the orchestra, chamber music, jazz, and composition programs; and to support partnerships with three musical institutions.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Opportunity Agenda

New York, NY | $150,000 (2 years)

Support for the Creative Change retreat in 2012 and 2013; expansion of and deeper engagement with the Creative Change alumni network; and to strengthen Opportunity Agenda’s capacity to support artists’ projects seeded at retreat.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA | $180,000 (3 years)

To strengthen Otis’ overall efforts to expand access for underserved teens to Summer of Art through increased scholarships and partnerships with public high schools and community-based groups serving targeted populations; and to enhance curriculum with accomplished guest artists and designers.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | $60,000 (2 years)

To provide Baltimore students from underserved backgrounds the opportunity to pursue a Peabody Preparatory education, which includes individual lessons and musicianship classes, and participation in various wind ensembles.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Philadelphia Dance Company

Philadelphia, PA | $50,000

To support Philadanco’s Instruction and Training Program, which provides free and low-cost dance training and performance experience to teens.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Raw Art Works

Lynn, MA | $35,000

Continued support to enhance the artistic development of 50 teen artists through relationships with teaching artists, guest artists, a rigorous and diverse curriculum, and exposure to the art world beyond RAW.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Rebuild Foundation

Chicago, IL | $100,000 (2 years)

To support the inaugural cultural programming, operations and strategic business plan development of Black Cinema House.

Category: Artists and Economic Development

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI | $160,000 (2 years)

For Project Open Door, which provides underserved teens’ with artistic development and access to higher education through visual art instruction, portfolio development, mentoring, and access to RISD resources.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

San Francisco Ballet Association

San Francisco, CA | $75,000

To support San Francisco Ballet School’s pre-professional training programs, including Levels 7, 8 and its Trainee Program.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

SAY Si (San Antonio Youth Yes!)

San Antonio, TX | $60,000 (2 years)

To strengthen SAY Si’s programs in visual arts, media and theatre by increasing the number of guest artists and expanding professional development opportunities for arts faculty.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation

Greenville, SC | $40,000

To support guest artist residencies for intensive artistic training of Governor’s School students.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Sphinx Organization

Detroit, MI | $180,000 (3 years)

To support the Sphinx Performance Academy, an intensive summer music program in classical string training for Black and Latino teenage students.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Studio Museum in Harlem

New York, NY | $100,000 (2 years)

To support Expanding the Walls, an eight-month digital photography program for New York City teens.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Sweet Home New Orleans

New Orleans, LA | $40,000

Continued support for Sweet Home New Orleans’ efforts to strengthen local musicians’ and cultural tradition bearers’ capacity to achieve financially sustainable livelihoods.

Category: Artists and Economic Development

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Tulane City Center

New Orleans, LA | $80,000

To underwrite two Tulane City Center partnership projects as learning models for institutionalizing the practice of providing post-design assistance as part of project implementation.

Category: Community Driven Design

UBW, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY | $75,000

Continued support for Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans, a ten-day training for dance professionals, community-based artists and organizers.

Category: Artists Engaging in Social Change

University of California, Berkeley – Young Musicians Program

Berkeley, CA | $60,000

Support for Scaling Up, to intensify the music programming with new artistic resources: specialist music teachers, tutors, instruments, visiting artists, concert staging consultants and the creation of the YMP Youth Orchestra, as well as to provide infrastructure support to strengthen the overall curricula.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

University of New Mexico: School of Architecture and Planning

Albuquerque, NM | $140,000 (2 years)

To create an Indigenous Design and Planning Institute with the mission to inform Indigenous design and planning practice.

Category: Community Driven Design

Urban Justice Center

New York, NY | $25,000

To support a one-day workshop that will convene community organizations, resource organizations, designers, planners and others working towards social and economic justice to share best practices on effective partnerships.

Category: Community Driven Design

Urban Strategies

St. Louis, MO | $50,000

To plan, with the community, for the creation of Lafon Memorial Park on the site of the former ThomyLafon school in New Orleans; it will honor the school’s history, its namesake and the site’s original history as a 19th century cemetery.

Category: Community Driven Design

Urban Word NYC

New York, NY | $80,000 (2 years)

To provide artistic training and professional development to Urban Words’ Youth Leadership Board

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Verde

Portland, OR | $25,000

To support community engagement in the development of the Cully Eco-District as a scalable and replicable model of neighborhood sustainability and community and individual wealth creation.

Category: Community Driven Design

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies and Sustainable Environments Programs.

Village of Arts and Humanities

Philadelphia, PA | $41,000

Continued support for the Village’s participation in community-planning events in 2012 in order to lay the groundwork for a community-driven design project to enhance Village buildings and parks for neighborhood arts programming.

Category: Community Driven Design

Walker Art Center

Minneapolis, MN | $240,000 (3 years)

To support the Walker’s Teen Programs and Teen Arts Council.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

New York, NY | $50,000

Continued support for core training and performances of Concert Chorus, Young Men’s Divisions; and tuition scholarships to ensure participation of NYC choristers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement

Youth Speaks

San Francisco, CA | $150,000 (2 years)

To strengthen Youth Speaks’ programs for Bay Area youth, including the annual Brave New Voices spoken word festival.

Category: Teens’ Artistic Advancement
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