With a second big gift in less than three years, Jody Gottfried Arnhold and her husband John have carved out a distinctive and impactful philanthropic brand around dance education—a niche largely devoid of big-ticket patrons.
Many dance and theater groups continue to grapple with lower box office yields, a shrinking subscriber base, fickle millennials, and declines in public funding. The Schubert Foundation is one of the best friends these nonprofits have.
The surge in regional philanthropy is driven by homegrown donors who are stepping up giving, often after decades of steady support. A recent example of this dynamic comes to us from Milwaukee.
We write often about the handful of national funders that support individual artists. But there are also some local and regional funders who operate in this space, including Artist Trust, which is based in Seattle.
As arts funders turn their attention to increasing female representation in classical composition and the cinematic arts, we dig into a new initiative focused on the historically male-dominated field of ballet choreography.
The Wallace Foundation's latest Building Audiences for Sustainability Story looks at a theater troupe's successful efforts to attract younger attendees by tapping into the power of market research.
Despite a growing appetite for dance-driven musicals, it's hard for independent artists to develop projects in this space. A funder-backed effort will make it easier.
The Shubert Foundation's latest record-breaking grant cycle underscores the growing influence of institutional arts funders in fields that traditionally lack robust individual and public support.
Want to see an example of a funder that went beyond paying lip service to the concepts of diversity and inclusion? Take a look at how Dance/USA changed its ways.
The New England Foundation for the Arts recently assessed the effectiveness of its National Dance Project. Its findings triggered the reallocation of funding while underscoring pressing challenges facing dance.
Elaine P. Wynn made her fortune in Las Vegas, so perhaps it's no surprise she's drawn to game-changing philanthropy in the fields of the arts, education, and health. Dance is a keen interest.
Funding for dance education may be on the wane nationally, but Jody Gottfried Arnhold and her husband remain undeterred. And they're giving millions.