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Rockefeller Gives $2.7 Million in Arts Grants

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The New York City Ballet, the New School and the Joyce Theater Foundation all have one thing in common today: they each got up to $250,000 in grant money from the Rockefeller Foundation.

All total, the foundation gave out $2.7 million to 18 different arts groups as part of its New York City Cultural Innovation Fund competition. The grants will be awarded over a two-year period.

“The Rockefeller Foundation is pleased to continue our support of art and creativity right here in our hometown of New York City,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, the Rockefeller Foundation's president. “In today’s economy, our artists and communities need support to continue to build an innovative creative sector that provokes us to react, question, and learn.”

City Ballet will use its money to commission new ballets for a set designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, according to The New York Times.  The Joyce Theater Foundation's money will go toward residencies to support projects that combine theater and dance, and the New School will use its funds for a design and public policy partnership that will research and promote community-based solutions for sustainability. The Queens Council on the Arts also received a grant which it will use to make an interactive cell phone cultural map for the No. 7 subway line.

The 18 winners were selected from more than 500 diverse projects, according to Rockefeller. The Museum of Arts and Design's curator, Lowery Stokes Sims, along with David Thorpe of the Institute for State Effectiveness and founder of Z + Partners, Andrew Zolli, were advisors to Rockefeller prior to making its decision Wednesday.