David Rockefeller Fund

Arts

“Art is important because it expands how we look at and understand the world. It can make us think beyond our own experience, and often, in our appreciation, we find things that link us in a common humanity.”

—David Rockefeller

The arts are an indispensable part of human experience, building self-awareness, fostering creativity, and encouraging new ways of thinking. They are uniquely enriching to our personal experience of the world. They are also a critical factor in the health of civil society, promoting pluralism, encouraging dialogue, and advancing an essential set of human values.

Opportunities for individuals to engage in the arts in a meaningful way are becoming increasingly rare, given the effects of the recent recession. Arts programming continues to be cut all across the country along with a sharp decline in state, local, and private support for the arts. This suggests that there is an important role for the David Rockefeller Fund to play in supporting non-profit organizations that provide the opportunity for people to actively participate in the arts.

The goal of the Arts Program is to enrich individual human experience and help strengthen communities by providing meaningful engagement with, and access to, the arts. The Fund provides support for organizations that give individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity a chance to participate in the arts in a sustained and substantive way.

Emphasis

Arts participation and access

Geographic Focus

New York City

The Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals for this program.

2014 Grantees: partial list as of May 30, 2014

Center for Urban Pedagogy
New York Community Trust
New York, NY $25,000
Hive Digital Media Learning Fund New York, NY $25,000
Museum of Contemporary African
Diasporan Arts (MOCADA)
New York, NY $25,000
Schomburg Center for Research
in Black Culture
Junior Scholars Program
New York, NY $25,000

2013 Grantees

Bronx Museum
Education Programs
Bronx, NY $25,000
Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) Brooklyn, NY $25,000
Fund for Public Schools
Summer Arts Institute
New York, NY $15,000
Laundromat Project New York, NY $15,000
Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Youth Chorus
New York, NY $15,000
New York Community Trust
Hive Digital Media Learning Fund
New York, NY $25,000
New York Public Library Schomburg
Center for Research in Black Culture
New York, NY $25,000
The Public Theater New York, NY $25,000
Queens Museum of Art Queens, NY $25,000

2012 Grantees

Apple Arts New York NY $15,000
Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) New York, NY $15,000
Bronx Museum of the Arts Bronx  NY $25,000
Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn, NY $50,000 over 2 years
Carter Burden Center for the Aging New York, NY $10,000
Fund for Public Schools 
Summer Arts Institute
New York, NY $20,000
Groove With Me New York, NY $15,000
Groundswell Community Mural Project Brooklyn, NY $40,000 over 2 years
Hive Digital Media Learning Fund New York, NY $25,000
Laundromat Project New York, NY $15,000
Metropolis Ensemble Brooklyn, NY $20,000 over 2 years
New York City Housing Authority Youth Chorus New York, NY $20,000
Queens Museum of Art Queens, NY $30,000

2011 Grantees

Apple Arts New York NY  $15,000
Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) New York, NY $15,000
Bronx Museum of the Arts Bronx, NY $25,000
Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn, NY $25,000
Fund for Public Schools 
Summer Arts Institute
New York, NY $20,000
Groove With Me New York,  NY $20,000
Groundswell   Brooklyn, NY $40,000
Laundromat Project New York, NY $10,000
New York University Tisch School of the Arts Talent Identification Program New York NY  $15,000
Queens Museum of Art Queens, NY $40,000
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City 
Spaceworks
New York, NY $80,000 over 2 years
Studio Museum in Harlem Bronx, NY $25,000

2010 Grantees

Apple Arts NYC New York, NY $10,000
El Barrio's Artspace (PS109) New York, NY $25,000
Casita Maria Bronx, NY $15,000
Fund for Public Schools 
Summer Arts Institute
New York, NY $20,000
Groove With Me East Harlem, NY $15,000
Groundswell Community Mural Project New York, NY $20,000
Hip Hop Theater Festival New York, NY $15,000
Joyce Theater New York, NY $15,000
Queens Museum of Art Queens, NY $40,000
Studio Museum in Harlem New York, NY $20,000
Tisch School of the Arts 
Talent Identification Program
New York, NY $15,000