Corporation Announces $10 Million to 137 Cultural Institutions in New York City


An Investment In Medium And Small-Sized Cultural And Arts Organizations

Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today awards from $25,000 to $100,000 to 137 different cultural and arts organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City that contribute to the vibrant intellectual, cultural and arts life of the city. The awards, which total $10 million dollars, are made in the name of an anonymous donor who gave the Corporation a gift, after the December 10, 2001 Centennial celebration of the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie, to be used at the discretion of the president, Vartan Gregorian to aid New York City's cultural institutions, which are struggling in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.

"We are honored and gratified by the trust the donor placed in Carnegie Corporation of New York, its president, and in our record of philanthropy," said Vartan Gregorian in announcing the institutions that were chosen for support. "We have spent the past six weeks consulting broadly and widely in order to choose medium and small-sized organizations that serve the public through dance, theatre, music, poetry, photography and institutions that advance historic and scientific understanding. We wanted to find organizations that reach this great city's citizens in their neighborhoods and reflect the diversity of our cultures, roots, interests, and arts. This city of immigrants has always been a mecca for those who love the imagination and the power of man to create. Our donor understands the greatness of this city and the centrality of its cultural institutions."

In making these decisions, the senior management of Carnegie Corporation studied the generous grant of $50 million given by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation for New York City cultural organizations and its experiences, as well as the recent contributions of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which gave $600,000 in emergency grants for New York City arts groups in lower Manhattan. In light of these investments in New York's cultural life, it was decided that the best way to fulfill the general intention of the donor was to concentrate primarily on struggling arts and cultural organizations, especially those that were affected by recent events. There was also a decision by the Corporation to attempt to create a balance between the needs of each borough and supporting institutions, which play an essential artistic and educational role in their communities. The grants also reflect a broad view of the artistic and cultural life within the City of New York in general, by supporting a wide range of disciplines. The missions of these 137 institutions tell the story of New York City's rich mosaic of culture, the depth of its talent, and the diversity of its scope and creativity

"Andrew Carnegie's philanthropic endeavors challenged those who found success in their business life to discover the power and satisfaction of sharing their wealth," said Gregorian. "The anonymous donor shares Mr. Carnegie's faith in philanthropy and its important role in society. We hope that today's announcement might challenge other modern men and women to make contributions to this city as it rebuilds."

The recipient institutions will be asked to provide proper documentation to the Corporation that indicates their plans for the use of the funds and their financial resources.

The organizations and their grant awards are:

$25,000 GRANTS

Anthology Film Archives
Artists Space Inc. 
Asian American Arts Alliance, Inc.
Four Way Books
Harlem Textile Works
Historic House Trust
Chen and Dancers of New York City, Inc.
International Print Center
John A. Noble Collection
King Manor
Lower East Side Printshop
Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Ontological Hysteric Theatre
Open Channels New York, Inc.
Pregones Touring Puerto Rican Theatre Collection, Inc.
Publicolor, Inc.
Saratoga International Theatre Institute
Society for the Preservation of Weeksville & Bedford-Stuyvesant History
Socrates Sculpture Park
Target Margin Theatre, Inc.
Thalia Spanish Theatre, Inc.
Young Playwrights, Inc.

$50,000 GRANTS

Art In General Inc.
BMCC/Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Bronx County Historical Society
Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Inc.
Castillo Cultural Center
Center For Traditional Dance & Music
Creative Time, Inc.
Dancing In The Streets Inc.
Ensemble Studio Theatre Inc.
52nd Street Project Inc.
High 5 Tickets to the Arts, Inc.
Home For Contemporary Theatre
Isamu Noguchi Foundation Inc.
Mabou Mines Development Foundation
National Choral Council
New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Inc.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Paper Bag Players
Poets House Inc.
Soho Repertory Theatre Inc.
Theatre For A New City Foundation, Inc.

$75,000 GRANTS

American Place Theatre, Inc.
Bargemusic, Ltd.
Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Bronx Council on the Arts
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Circle in the Square Theatre School, Inc.
City Lore
Concert Artists Guild, Inc.
Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island
Film Video Arts, Inc.
Flushing Town Hall
Harlem School of the Arts, Inc.
Irish Repertory Theatre, Inc.
Jamaica Arts Center
Jos¯ Lim†n Dance Foundation, Inc.
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
National Dance Institute
Performance Space 122
Queens College Foundation, Inc, Colden Center for the Performing Arts 
Queens Council on the Arts
Queens Symphony Orchestra
Signature Theatre Company, Inc.
Staten Island Children's Museum
Staten Island Historical Society
Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences
TADA! Theatre and Dance Alliance, Inc.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative Inc.
Theatre For A New Audience, Inc.
Town Hall Foundation, Inc.
Urban Glass/Experimental Glass Workshop
Vineyard Theatre and Workshop Center
Women's Project & Productions, Inc.
Wooster Group, Inc.
World Music Institute, Inc.

$100,000 GRANTS

Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.
Alliance for the Arts, Inc.
Alliance of Resident Theatres
American Museum of the Moving Image
Arts Connection, Inc.
Atlantic Theatre Company
Ballet Hispanico of New York, Inc.
Ballet Tech Foundation, Inc.
Boys Choir of Harlem, Inc.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn Historical Society Center for Arts Education
Chamber Music America, Inc.
Children's Museum of Manhattan
City Center 55th Street Foundation
Dance Theatre of Harlem, Inc.
Dance Theatre Workshop, Inc.
Dia Center for the Arts, Inc.
El Museo del Barrio
Hospital Audiences, Inc.
Institute for Contemporary Art, Clocktower Gallery
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance
Museum for African Art
Museum of American Folk Art
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Museum of the City of New York
New 42nd Street, Inc./New Victory Theatre
New Museum of Contemporary Art
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Hall of Science
New York Historical Society
New York Shakespeare Festival
Orpheon Inc./Little Orchestra Society
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, Inc.
Playwrights Horizons, Inc.
Poets and Writers, Inc.
Public Art Fund, Inc.
Queens Botanical Gardens
Queens Museum of Art
Queens Theatre in the Park
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Society of Third Street Music School Settlement
Spanish Repertory Theatre Co.
Staten Island Botanical Garden
Staten Island Zoological Society
Studio in a School Association, Inc.
Studio Museum of Harlem
Symphony Space, Inc.
The American Music Center
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Wave Hill
Young Audiences New York, Inc.

Information about the grants and questions about to how to comply with the requirements should be directed to Ed Sermier, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary, Carnegie Corporation of New York, 437 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10022, (212) 371-3200.

Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." As a grantmaking foundation, the Corporation seeks to carry out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim "to do real and permanent good in the world." The Corporation's capital fund, originally donated at a value of about $135 million, had a market value of $1.7 billion on September 30, 2001. The Corporation awards grants totaling approximately $75 million a year in the areas of education, international peace and security, international development and strengthening U.S. democracy.