Ford Announces New Arts Grants

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This week, the Ford Foundation announced it would give out $100 million dollars over the next ten years to arts groups nationwide for the construction, maintenance and enhancement of arts facilities. In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan spoke with Luis Ubiñas, the president of the Ford Foundation, about the inspiration for "Supporting Diverse Arts Spaces," Ford's new endowment. Click below to hear the full conversation with Ubiñas.

Kerry Nolan also talked with Rosalba Rolon, the founder and artistic director of Pregones Theater. Pregones is one of the arts groups in the South Bronx that has, in the run-up to the launch of Ford's new arts construction grants, received Ford funding. It was once a traveling theater company focusing on Latino theater artists, but with the financial help of Ford has been able to expand and rennovate its own theater space. Click below to hear the full conversation with Rolon and to see a slideshow of the theater's space.

Click here to apply for one of Ford's grants or to learn about other groups who have benefited from Ford's funds, including El Museo del Barrio and the Chen Dance Center.

Architectural rendering of the exterior of the Pregones Theatre in the South Bronx
Architectural rendering of the exterior of the Pregones Theatre in the South Bronx ( Sean Daly-Windtunnel Visualization )
Architecutral rendering of the interior of the Pregones Theatre
Architecutral rendering of the interior of the Pregones Theatre ( Sean Daly-Windtunnel Visualization )
The current production at the Pregones Theatre is Aloha Boricua
The current production at the Pregones Theatre is Aloha Boricua ( Erika Rojas )
Inside the theater's lobby
Inside the theater's lobby ( Erika Rojas )
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