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Bronx Documentary Center’s Claremont Illuminated in the Claremont Village neighborhood of the South Bronx. Photo: the Department of Cultural Affairs.

New York City Names Recipients of Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact

New York City has announced that ten organizations will receive more than $830,000 in funding from the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact program, which is now in its second year. The initiative facilitates partnerships between government agencies and nonprofit arts organizations to address civic issues ranging from public health and safety to immigration and literacy.

“The Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact brings support to cultural groups whose work innovatively addresses our city’s most urgent challenges,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. “Engaging through art, performance, and creativity, these ten grantees are building stronger and more resilient communities across NYC.”

Five of the organizations are first-time Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact grantees. The other five were part of last year’s pilot program and will continue to receive support. Each collaboration will receive $50,000 from the Department of Cultural Affairs and an additional $25,000 minimum match either in kind or from a partnering agency.

The five new collaborations include PEN America and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment; Concerts in Motion and the Department for the Aging; Irondale and the New York City Police Department; the Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History and the New York City Commission on Human Rights; and the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and the NYC Department of Homeless Services.

The five collaborations that will receive additional project funding are the Bronx Documentary Center and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Carnegie Hall and the Department of Probation, Gibney Dance and the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, the National Book Foundation and the Department of Youth and Community Development, and the People’s Theatre Project and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Among the projects being supported are PEN America’s DREAMing Out Loud, a tuition-free writing workshop for undocumented immigrants led by award-winning authors; the Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History’s campaign to document, share, and debate what happens to a community’s cultural identity when threatened by gentrification; Gibney Dance’s interactive school-based program Hands are for Holding, which uses dance as a tool for preventing teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships; and the Bronx Documentary Center’s Claremont Illuminated, which seeks to promote community safety and connection in the Claremont Village neighborhood of the South Bronx by installing nocturnal, site-specific artworks that literally light up underutilized open spaces in the community.

“Art is central to New York City’s identity and Mayor de Blasio’s Grant for Cultural Impact is a powerful new way to engage communities in the arts and culture,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Congratulations to all of the 2019 grantees!”

 

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