In a single moment, the world can change—for a student and teacher, an audience captivated by a dance performance, or a researcher opening a new window into a mysterious disease.

These are Breakthrough Moments. They are stories of discovery and illumination that provide inspiration to the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s commitment to taking smart risks in our grantmaking in the Arts, Education and Health.

We’re capturing these breakthroughs in a video series to highlight the groundbreaking work of Rainin Foundation grantees and the lives they change—sometimes in the space of a single moment.

A Dancer’s Daring Breakthrough

Jo Kreiter is pushing the boundaries of aerial dance. She addresses social justice issues through her risk-taking performances on rooftops, building walls and fire escapes. Jo hopes that by communicating a political statement through the spectacle of aerial dance, she will inspire people to create change.

A Researcher’s Breakthrough Moment

Dr. Gwendalyn Randolph is a pioneering researcher whose cutting-edge instincts led to a novel technique to peer more deeply into Crohn’s disease—a mysterious, debilitating intestinal condition affecting 700,000 people in the US.