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News: Atlanta arts organizations to receive Bloomberg grants and training

Atlanta dance company Ballethnic is one of 45 Atlanta arts organizations awarded a new Bloomberg Philanthropies grant. (Courtesy Ballethnic)

Forty-five Atlanta arts organizations, including ArtsATL, will receive grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the organization’s Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The multi-year, $43 million, invitation-only initiative seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and midsize cultural organizations in cities across the country. Through the program, Bloomberg Philanthropies provides unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.

“We are incredibly excited to participate in such a prestigious program along with a cohort of other great Atlanta arts organizations,” said Dad’s Garage managing director Lara Smith, echoing sentiments expressed by arts leaders across Atlanta at the selected nonprofits. “Beyond the grant funding, the management training included in this program will help us continue to grow and improve as an organization.”

Mike Bloomberg visited Atlanta nonprofit dance organization Moving in the Spirit to help announce the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management program participants in Atlanta on August 10. (Courtesy Bloomberg Philanthropies)

Seven US cities — Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. — are participating in the 2018 program. Previous AIM cities have included Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The AIM program is part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, an effort to help improve various aspects of cities across the United States. The AIM program focuses on multiple organizations in each urban area to encourage and support the creative infrastructure of the cities.

More than 500 small and midsize arts organizations in disciplines including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature and dance have participated in AIM, and Bloomberg Philanthropies has given more than $108 million in support for the initiative, including this latest round of funding, since its inception in 2011.

“Atlanta has a booming creative sector,” said Kate D. Levin, head of Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Program. “The city is home to more than 500 cultural organizations, many with a national or international profile and within that, a very robust small and mid-size cohort. We are excited to see what we can do to enhance that excellence.”

As part of the program, Bloomberg Philanthropies will develop curricula and conduct seminars for the program in partnership with leading experts, including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. AIM organizations will engage in activities intended to strengthen their long-term health and goals, and will receive one-on-one consultations and implementation support for organization leaders and their boards.

Participating organizations will be required to secure 20% of their AIM grant in matching dollars and reach 100% board participation in fundraising. The grants themselves will be unrestricted to allow recipients to utilize the funds to address their greatest needs.

The complete list of participating 2018 Atlanta arts organizations is as follows:

  • Actors Express
  • Alternate Roots
  • Apex Museum
  • Art Papers
  • ART Station
  • ArtsATL
  • Atlanta Celebrates Photography
  • Atlanta Chamber Players
  • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
  • Atlanta Film Society
  • Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
  • Atlanta Lyric Theatre
  • Atlanta Master Chorale
  • Atlanta Music Project
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Company
  • Atlanta Workshop Players
  • Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde
  • Ballethnic Dance Company
  • Burnaway
  • C4 Atlanta
  • Core Dance
  • Dads Garage
  • Dance Canvas
  • Dashboard U.S.
  • Flux Projects
  • Georgia Ensemble Theatre
  • gloATL
  • The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning
  • Horizon Theatre Company
  • Johns Creek Community Arts Center
  • Moving in The Spirit
  • Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
  • Museum of Design Atlanta
  • National Black Arts Festival
  • Out of Hand Theater
  • Seven Stages
  • Synchronicity Performance Group
  • The Callanwolde Foundation
  • Theatre Du Reve
  • Theatrical Outfit
  • True Colors Theatre Company
  • Voices Of Note
  • Whole World Theater Company
  • WonderRoot
  • Youth Ensemble of Atlanta

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