Rubin Foundation Awards Inaugural Grants in Arts, Social Justice

The has announced a round of inaugural grants totaling nearly $1 million to forty-six arts and cultural organizations in New York City through its new Art and Social Justice initiative.

Grants will support organizations in the city working in the areas of arts education, art in service, artistic activism, expanded access, underrecognized artistic practice, public art, and community-based museums. Grant recipients were recognized for their commitment to social justice and programming that seeks to catalyze collective action, promote equality, contribute to advocacy and policy change, and develop capacity for greater civic engagement and public discourse.

Recipients include the for its upcoming exhibition "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985"; for "Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity," a traveling theater piece; and in support of its certification program, which publicly recognizes nonprofits that demonstrate a commitment to paying artists fees. Grant support ranges from funding for crucial aspects of an organization's day-to-day operations to funding for exhibitions, performances, special projects, and educational programs.  

"The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is thrilled to support such a diverse array of organizations via its new initiative, Art and Social Justice," said Rubin Foundation executive director Alexander Gardner. "The recipients are leaders in civic engagement and advocacy, and the work they do provides vital access to the arts in communities across the five boroughs of New York."