Robert Sterling Clark Foundation: Grants for the Arts

OVERVIEW: The program through which the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation makes its performing arts grants is their Promoting Arts Engagement program. The goal of this program is to "help promote global understanding through the arts," and encourage international engagement between the U.S. visual and performing arts organizations and their counterparts in Africa, Latin America and parts of the Middle East.

IP TAKE: The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation only gives out a handful of grants in the arts each year, most to New York based organizations. In 2015, the foundation's Arts Engagement Program was adjusted to focus on work in New York City; the program now "broadens and deepens knowledge of and participation in the arts across the city's diverse and culturally rich population."

PROFILE: The foundation's Promoting Arts Engagement program lends its support to public-private partnerships involving federal agencies, partnerships with the corporate sector through intermediaries, and partnerships with grantmakers in the arts and other foundations to develop funding models in support of international arts engagement. In 2015, after a more international focus, the foundation's Arts Engagement Program is being adjusted to focus on work in New York City "which broadens and deepens knowledge of and participation in the arts across the city's diverse and culturally rich population." Grantseekers should keep appraised of the foundation's website for more details later in the year.

Some of the agencies and organizations the Foundation has worked with in the past include Americans for the Arts, the State Department, and the National Endowment for the Arts, who work in conjunction with other U.S. cultural organizations and foundations to develop arts engagement projects in America and abroad. They are particularly looking for partnerships that build those "transformative bilateral relationships" that "engage the community beyond the artistic work, including sustained and interactive residency activities such as collaborations, master classes, workshops, seminars, dialogues, symposia, and management assistance."

Some recent grants include a two year $200,000 grant to Bang on a Can; a two year $150,000 grant to Cambodian Living Arts' Season of Cambodia; $30,000 to Cultures in Harmony; $75,000 to the International Foundation for Art Research; $150,000 the Latino International Theater Festival of New York; and $50,000 to the Thalia Spanish Theatre.

The foundation's website is currently being redeveloped; once this is complete application information and other details should be available there.


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