The in New York City has announced grants totaling $3.5 million to five arts organizations in support of their efforts to develop the long-term capacity to adapt to changes in the arts sector and society at large.
An anonymous panel selected the organizations for their willingness to innovate and experiment in ways that inform and lead their respective fields. The recipients include the in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was awarded a $1 million grant; in Seattle, which received $300,000; the in Ashland, which was awarded $1 million; Wesleyan University’s in Middletown, Connecticut, which received $400,000; and the in Washington, D.C., which was awarded $800,000.
Awarded over periods of up to four years, the funds will be used to pay for additional staff, the creation of capital reserves, professional development, technology upgrades, board and staff retreats, convenings, and consultants. Each organization will undergo an organizational self-analysis, followed by an external assessment, before developing and implementing strategies and tactics to enhance their capacity to adapt over the long term.
"This initiative recognizes and supports organizations that have proven, time and again, that they are leaders and innovators in their fields," said Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at DDCF. "We understand that most organizations do not have enough, if any, 'change capital' — funds that they can devote to maximizing their adaptability. With that in mind, these awards are intended to further fuel the ability of these five organizations to position themselves to respond to changes in their respective environments."