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Rainin Foundation Awards over $500,000 in Arts Grants

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in arts grants to 21 small and mid-size Bay Area organizations. Funding will support experimental dance, theater and multidisciplinary works, and ongoing programs for artists.

This latest round of grants approved in May included awards ranging from $5,000 to $75,000.

“We strive to bring new organizations into our grantmaking portfolio and are delighted that six grantees are receiving our support for the first time,” said Shelley Trott, Rainin Foundation Director of Art Strategy and Ventures. “We’re also thrilled to support more projects that are pushing the boundaries of creative expression in Oakland.”

The New and Experimental Works (NEW) Program will help fund numerous performances, including 20 and 25 year anniversary productions by Capacitor and Scott Wells & Dancers, as well as an array of outdoor and site-specific projects in Oakland and San Francisco.

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Violeta Luna in “sanctuare” at La ALTERNATIVA’s FRESH Festival 2017. Photo credit: Robbie Sweeny.

The RENEW Program awarded multi-year grants to four organizations with ongoing programs for artists to experiment and develop new work.

“Our RENEW grantees are facilitating the artistic process and encouraging exchange among artists. These programs enable the artistic community to create new works, and advance our goal of a more vibrant Bay Area arts ecosystem,” said Trott.

Upcoming Arts Grants Opportunities

The Rainin Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for our NEW Program from June 5–July 14, 2017, and our Open Spaces Program from June 26–August 4, 2017.


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