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Bloomberg Philanthropies Reveals Baltimore, Denver Organizations to Join $43 Million Arts Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the final participants that have been selected to be a part of its $43 million Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. Fourteen cultural organizations in Baltimore and thirty-five organizations in Denver will join the cohort of two-hundred small and midsize nonprofit organizations joining AIM.

The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of organizations within seven US cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.  As part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, which seeks to strengthen each cities’ cultural sector, AIM will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and board development.

The mayors of both cities expressed their gratitude for the initiative and its significant investment in their artistic communities. In a statement, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said: “We have heard clearly from Denver’s people that they want more culturally diverse programs in our neighborhoods. The support of thiry-five of Denver’s small and midsized culturals will help us continue our pursuit of ensuring arts and culture are at the heart of this great city.”

The first official management seminar of the 2018 AIM cohort will take place in Denver next week, with a focus on artistic planning. All organizations invited to participate will be required to secure 20 percent of their AIM grant in matching dollars; reach 100 percent board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in DataArts, an online management tool that assists arts organizations across the country in collecting, learning from, and using data effectively.

Participating cultural organizations from Baltimore and Denver are as follows:


Arts Every Day

Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Concert Opera

Chesapeake Arts Center

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Creative Alliance

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Make Studio Art Program

Maryland Film Festival

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Single Carrot Theatre

Station North Arts & Entertainment

The Neighborhood Design Center

Young Audiences-Arts for Learning


Access Gallery

Augustana Arts

Baroque Chamber Orchestra Of Colorado

Buntport Theater Company

Centro Cultural Mexicano

Cherry Creek Theatre Company

Chicano Humanities And Arts Council

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance


Colorado Conservatory For The Jazz Arts

Curious Theatre Company

Denver Brass

Denver Children’s Choir

Denver Film Society

Denver Firefighters Museum

Denver Municipal Band

Denver Young Artists Orchestra

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

Friends Of Levitt Pavilion Denver

Inside the Orchestra

Kim Robards Dance

Kirkland Museum Of Fine & Decorative Art

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Museo De Las Americas

Open Media Foundation

Opera Colorado

Phamaly Theatre Company



Rocky Mountain Arts Association

Stories on Stage

Su Teatro

Think 360 Arts For Learning


Youth On Record

A full list of participating organizations can be found here.