The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation was founded in 1995, and is primarily committed to providing grants and programmatic support for:
- Access to art for a broad audience
- Art in the service of social justice
- Art in the service of social change and discourse
- Under-recognized artistic practice
The Foundation supports arts and cultural organizations through grants to catalyze collective action, promote equality, contribute to advocacy and policy change and develop capacity for greater civic engagement. The Foundation is also interested in supporting organizations outside of the arts whose programs seek to engage communities through cultural activities.
Through its Art and Social Justice mission the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation fosters dialogue, encourages diversity, promotes education, and nurtures and empowers communities. Through an annual grants program the Foundation supports ethical artistic practice that aims to broaden access in the five boroughs of New York City.
In recent years grants have ranged from $2,500 to $50,000; the Foundation is open to reviewing requests on a variety of scales. For project support, applicants should indicate matching funds that cover at least half of the project costs. General operating support requests should not exceed ten percent of overall operating costs.
Application Deadline: September 15, 2017
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