Arnhold Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Arnhold Foundation's dance grantmaking supports a range of dance organizations including ballet and modern dance. Funds also support dance education, advocacy, and programs and organizations serving underrepresented populations. 

IP TAKE: The Arnhold Foundation funds a range of dance organizations, but lacks transparency, which restricts information about its grantmaking strategies and application process.

PROFILE:  Henry H. Arnhold was born in Dresden in 1921 and comes from a prominent Dresden banking family. In the United States, Arnhold studied at UCLA, had a stint in the U.S. Army, and joined his family's investment bank Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, where he served as chairman starting in 1960. The foundation prioritizes environment, arts & culture, education, international affairs, and health.

The foundation's performing arts grantmaking prioritizes New York City and involves many local dance organizations. Arnhold’s dance grantmaking is likely driven, in part, by Arnhold's daughter-in-law Jody Gottfried Arnhold, who is a dance educator and arts advocate. Jody serves as honorary chair of Ballet Hispanico, which "explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino culture." The ballet has received some $2.5 million in past tax years .

Past grantees include American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, which received a $5,000 grant. The organization describes itself as a "repertory company for musical-theater dance." That same year, New York City Center, home to many distinguished companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, received a $120,000 grant. Funds have also supported The Kitchen, an "experimental performance space located in New York City and presenting video, music, dance, performance, film and literature events," and Dance for a Variable Population, which focuses on older adults.

Arnhold's grantmaking has also supported dance education and dance advocacy. For instance, it funded Career Transition for Dancers, which is "dedicated to helping dancers establish new careers when they have retired from their performing careers," Dance/NYC, which "promotes the knowledge, appreciation, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area," Dancing Classrooms, which aims to "cultivate essential life skills in children through the art of social dance," and Eye on Dance, whose goal is to "advance the public's access to knowledge about the arts and culture." Funds have also supported Dance Notation Bureau, "a nonprofit organization founded to preserve choreographic works through notating dance scores in Labanotation and collaborating with dance companies to stage reconstructions of those works."

It is also worth noting that the foundation has supported higher education institutions including Juilliard School and Hunter College, which is home to the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program. There's also the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y which Jody founded.

Arnhold commitment to dance is clear. Unfortunately for grant seekers, though, the foundation does not maintain a website, so it is unclear what exactly Arnhold looks for, or how to get in touch, is hard to come by. The foundation does not appear to give grants to individuals.


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Arnhold Foundation, Inc.

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