Arts Innovation and Management Participants Receive $30 Million from Bloomberg Philanthropies

September 15, 2015


Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the grantees selected to participate in the foundation’s $30 million Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program for small and midsize nonprofit cultural institutions in six U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The invitation-only program, announced in April 2015, supports a diverse set of institutions including local cultural centers and performing, literary and visual art organizations that present music, film, dance, poetry and other art forms. (See below for a full list of the 262 grantees.)

Through this two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies provides unrestricted grants to 262 organizations around the country to help strengthen their operational and programming efforts and offers arts management training in fundraising, audience development and board member engagement. All selected nonprofit cultural organizations are locally or internationally recognized groups that have been in existence for at least two years.

Bloomberg Philanthropies worked with local funders in each city to identify the grantee cohort of small and midsized arts organizations. In addition to strong programmatic activities, selected grantees exhibited a potential for growth in their organization’s management capacity. Together, the grantees comprise a thriving and robust arts community in each city, provide a total of over 1,700 jobs and collectively serve more than 10 million residents.

“Local arts groups are economic and cultural engines that contribute to communities in ways that few other industries can,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “By supporting smaller organizations that don’t typically have endowments and providing them with management training, we are working to help them have an even greater positive impact on an even broader audience."

This initiative builds on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ work to support arts and cultural organizations that contribute to local economy, identity, and quality of life. As critical economic and civic assets, arts organizations provide jobs, stimulate local economies, and promote social cohesion. According to a report released by the National Endowment for the Arts, creative industries contribute $698 billion to the nation’s economy, representing more than 4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). This contribution represents a larger share of our national economy than the transportation and agriculture sectors. A report released by the University of Pennsylvania revealed that cities with a high concentration of arts and culture exhibit higher civic engagement, more social unity, and lower crime and poverty rates.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city. The comprehensive workshops engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health. They also include consultations and implementation support for arts managers, their boards and outside experts such as VaynerMedia to develop important social media practices.

As part of the AIM award, all grantees are required to secure matching funds; ensure 100 percent board participation in fundraising; participate in a management training programs and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online financial & data collection platform that assists arts organizations across the country to collect, learn from, and use data effectively. The grants are unrestricted so that recipients can use them to address their greatest operational and management needs.

“AIM is well-positioned to make a significant, lasting impact on American arts organizations,” said Michael M. Kaiser, Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. “In addition to its remarkable breadth, this program is unique in that it provides participants with general-operating support and management training. This unique approach empowers participants to navigate the rapid changes in technology, demographics, and the economy that continue to affect arts organizations across the country. We are honored to partner with Bloomberg Philanthropies in this endeavor, and we look forward to working with AIM participants to foster a sustainable cultural sector in each of these six cities.”

First piloted in New York City, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported 245 grantees through AIM from 2011-2013. Participating organizations reported improvements in audience development, board engagement and fundraising over the two-year program.

The New York pilot grantees made significant gains as a result of the program including:

  • $42 million net increase in contributed income
  • $26.5 million in earned income (ticket, sales, courses, space rental, concessions)
  • 95% reported increasing board engagement by expanding membership or increasing board giving
  • 82% entered into partnerships that offset $8.3M in costs
  • 79% reached new audiences


The DeVos Institute has served more than 1,000 organizations from over 80 countries since Michael M. Kaiser founded it during his tenure as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Institute has designed its services to assist a wide range of institutions, from traditional performing and presenting organizations, museums and galleries, arts schools and libraries, to botanical gardens, glass-making studios, public art trusts, and non-profit cinemas, to name a few. The DeVos Institute transferred its activities and offices from the Kennedy Center to the University of Maryland in September 2014. The move enables the Institute to expand its global training and consulting programs, enhance its fellowships for North American and international arts managers within the context of a major educational institution, and create a Master’s program that leverages both University and Institute resources.


Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million.


Bloomberg Philanthropies: Rebecca Carriero, +212-205-0182,

DeVos Institute of Arts Management: Joe Heitz, +301-314-0957,




A Far Cry

Artists for Humanity


Boston Baroque

Boston Center for the Arts

Boston Children's Chorus

Boston City Singers

Boston Dance Alliance

Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Boston Youth Moves

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

Bostonian Society

Cantata Singers

Central Square Theater

Charlestown Working Theater

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Community Music Center of Boston

Company One Theatre

Dance Complex

Design Museum Boston

Fort Point Arts Community

Freedom Trail Foundation

From the Top


Handel and Haydn Society

Lyric Stage Company of Boston

Mass Poetry

Medicine Wheel Productions

Museum of African American History

North End Music and Performing Arts Center

Old South Meeting House

OrigiNation, Inc.

Project STEP

SpeakEasy Stage Company

The Theater Offensive

Urbano Project

USS Constitution Museum

World Music/CRASHarts




About Face Theatre

Albany Park Theater Project

American Indian Center

Audience Architects

Barrel of Monkeys

Beverly Arts Center

Black Ensemble Theater

Blair Thomas & Company

Chicago Artists Coalition

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

Chicago Children's Choir

Chicago Children's Theatre

Chicago Cultural Alliance

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center

Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Sinfonietta

Collaboraction Theater Company

Congo Square

Deeply Rooted Productions

DuSable Museum of African American History

Eighth Blackbird Performing Arts Association

Elastic Arts Foundation

eta Creative Arts Foundation

Facets-Multimedia Incorporated

Guild Complex

Hedwig Dances

Hyde Park Art Center

Illinois Humanities Council

Ingenuity Incorporated Chicago

Jazz Institute of Chicago

Kartemquin Educational Films

Links Hall

Little Black Pearl

Marwen Foundation

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago

National Veterans Art Museum

Open Books

Pegasus Theatre Chicago

Porchlight Music Theatre

Rebuild Foundation

Redmoon Theater

Silk Road Rising

Sones de Mexico Ensemble

South Chicago Art Center NFP

South Side Community Art Center

Street-Level Youth Media

Teatro Vista Theater with a View

The House Theatre of Chicago

The Hypocrites

The Neo-Futurists

Third Coast International Audio Festival


TimeLine Theatre Company

Victory Gardens Theater

Young Chicago Authors



29 Pieces

Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico

Bruce Wood Dance Project

Cara Mía Theatre Co.

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas

Creative Arts Center of Dallas

Dallas Bach Society

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Film Society

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Dallas Wind Symphony

Dance Council of North Texas

Fine Arts Chamber Players

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

Junior Players

Kitchen Dog Theater Company

Lone Star Circus Arts Center

Lone Star Wind Orchestra

Orchestra of New Spain

Orpheus Chamber Singers

Sammons Center for the Arts

Second Thought Theatre

Shakespeare Dallas

TeCo Theatrical Productions

Texas Winds Musical Outreach

The Arts Community Alliance (TACA)

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Writer's Garret

Turtle Creek Chorale

Undermain Theatre

Uptown Players

Voices of Change



Allied Media Projects

Arab American National Museum

Arts & Scraps

Carr Center

Charles H. Wright Museum Of African American History

Creative Many


Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings

Detroit Children's Choir

Detroit Historical Society

Detroit Repertory Theatre

Grosse Pointe Theatre

Heidelberg Project

Heritage Works

InsideOut Literary Arts Project

Living Arts

Matrix Theatre Company

Michigan Science Center

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Motown Historical Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Pewabic Society


PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater

Scarab Club


Sphinx Organization



24th Street Theatre

Arts for LA

Avenue 50 Studio

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

Bootleg Theater

CASA 0101

Center for Cultural Innovation

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

Cornerstone Theater Company

Craft & Folk Art Museum

Craft in America

Debbie Allen Dance Academy

Diavolo Dance Theater

East West Players

Ebony Repertory Theatre


Floricanto Dance Theatre

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

Get Lit – Words Ignite

Ghetto Film School, Los Angeles

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater

Independent Shakespeare Co.

Inner-City Arts

Invertigo Dance Theatre

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

LA STAGE Alliance

LA Theatre Works

Lambda Literary Foundation

Latino Theater Company

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Nomadic Division

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Machine Project

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Plaza de la Raza

Rogue Machine Theatre

Sacred Fools Theater

Santa Cecilia Orchestra

Self Help Graphics & Art

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

Street Poets Inc.

The Blank Theatre

The Industry

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company

The Young Storytellers Foundation

Theatre of NOTE

Theatre West

Venice Arts

Women In Film



509 Cultural Center

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

American Indian Film Institute

Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology

Brava! For Women in the Arts

Center for Asian American Media

Chhandam Chitresh Das Dance Company

Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco

City Arts & Lectures


Cypress Performing Arts Association

Dancers' Group


Galeria Studio 24

Golden Gate Performing Arts

Golden Thread Productions

Jewish Film Institute

Joe Goode Performance Group

Kronos Performing Arts Association


Loco Bloco

Magic Theatre

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

Mexican Museum

Museum of the African Diaspora

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu Hula Halau

New Century Chamber Orchestra

New Conservatory Theatre Center


Other Minds

Performing Arts Workshop

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Precita Eyes Muralists Association

Queer Cultural Center (Qcc)

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project

RADAR Productions

Root Division

San Francisco Center for the Book

San Francisco Community Music Center

San Francisco Girls Chorus

San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

SomArts Cultural Center

Southern Exposure

The Cutting Ball Theater

Women's Audio Mission

World Arts West

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Youth Speaks

Z Space Studio

Zaccho Dance Theatre

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