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Rainin Foundation Awards over $650,000 in Arts Grants

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has awarded $655,000 in grants to support 19 small and mid-size Bay Area arts organizations.

The Foundation’s grantmaking is designed to strengthen the Bay Area as a center for experimentation in the arts, address key structural issues that impede the sector’s ability to thrive, and elevate the visibility of the region’s creative sector locally, nationally and internationally.

This latest round of grantmaking, approved in November, included New and Experimental Works (NEW) and Impact grants ranging from $7,500 to $150,000.

Supporting New and Experimental Works

The New and Experimental Works (NEW) Program awarded first-time grants to detour dance, Monique Jenkinson and Risa Jaroslow. NEW grants also supported organizations and artists with long histories in the Bay Area such as Epiphany Productions, Sara Shelton Mann and Pamela Z.

“We are investing in organizations that are creating opportunities for artists to collaborate and push boundaries of expression while highlighting LGBTQ history, and addressing issues of displacement, gender and so much more,” said Shelley Trott, Director, Arts Strategy & Ventures for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

Strengthening the Capacity of Bay Area Arts Organizations

The Impact Program awarded $405,000 to three organizations—Hope Mohr Dance, Shotgun Players and Theatre Bay Area. Grantees will receive up to three years of capacity building support, as well as training and coaching, to strengthen the organization.

“Visionary artists and arts organizations are vital contributors to our local communities. Our Impact Program is focused on helping to build stronger small and mid-size organizations, and ensuring that creativity continues to thrive in the Bay Area,” said Trott.

View the Arts awards calendar for upcoming grant deadlines.

Top photo: Shotgun Players’ “Antigonick.” Photo credit: Pak Han.


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