Strengthening Local Arts Organizations
Local arts and cultural institutions bring both critical economic and social impact, serving as anchors for communities. Through unique programs and partnerships, Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping local arts and culture organizations continue innovating and enriching their communities.
The Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program seeks to build the organizational capacity and governance of small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations. Piloted in New York City in 2011, this invitation-only grant program has worked with 740 organizations in 14 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico.
The Digital Accelerator program helps cultural non-profit organizations stabilize and thrive in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic through strategic improvements to their technology infrastructure. Recognizing the innovation of many cultural organizations, as well as the need to advance digital strategy to ensure their sustainability, the Digital Accelerator supports the full spectrum of digital infrastructure for cultural non-profits. This includes tools to enhance core operations, such as integrated marketing and fundraising systems, as well as bold projects with the potential to benefit the broader cultural sector. The first phase of the program focuses on over 100 institutions in the US and the UK.
Immersive summer programs and internships have a significant impact on a student’s development — putting them in a better position to succeed in the classroom and gain the experience they need to have success in their future careers. The Bloomberg Arts Internship program is working to help young people develop the skills and give them the tools they need by providing students in Baltimore, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. with work experience at select cultural institutions, as well as work-readiness and college-preparation training.
In 2006, Mike Bloomberg became the chair of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the country’s principal institution to honor the memories of the victims, preserve the history, and explore the complex impact of the 9/11 attacks. During his time as mayor, Mike and his administration spearheaded the planning and development of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center is designed to be a unique venue for theater, dance, music, and chamber opera, offering artists new possibilities for theatrical design and innovative work. The Center is considered the final piece of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site.
Since it opened in the spring of 2019, The Shed has rapidly become a fixture of New York’s cultural scene. Designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture, it is driven by experimentation and collaboration. Bloomberg Philanthropies gave $75 million toward the capital campaign for the new institution.
Top photo: Dancer from the Dallas Black Dance Company, a Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management grantee.