The Arts—All types of human expression, influenced by culture and driven by creative impulse, that contribute to the beauty and meaning of human life.


3Arts, Chicago, IL, www.3arts.org

$40,000 to support and name a 3Arts Award in 2015 and for general support. 3Arts advocates for Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts.


Capital Fringe, Washington, DC, www.capitalfringe.org

$700,000 for general support of the annual Fringe Festival and related activities


Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, NC, www.documentarystudies.duke.edu

$100,000 for each of 3 years ($300,000 total) to establish the biennial CDS Documentary Forum


Environmental Film Fest in the Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC, www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

$25,000 for each of three years for the Opening Night Screenings and Launch Parties; $25,000 for each of three years to present an annual series of high-impact screenings and panels; plus $25,000 for one year to build programming capacity.


Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT, www.theoneill.org

$30,000 for each of two years to support the National Critics Institute, for the training of arts critics and reporters


Forward Momentum Chicago, Chicago, IL, www.forwardmomentumchicago.org

$1,500 in order to purchase tights, leotards, and skirts for 50 girls to uniformly outfit them for their end-of-the-year performances


FotoDC, Washington, DC, www.fotodc.org

$50,000 for each of three years: $25,000 for the opening reception for the annual FotoWeekDC exhibition; and $25,000 for the Foto Talks education program


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC, www.fullframefest.org

$25,000 for each of three years for The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award


Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, www.hydeparkart.org

$175,000: $75,000 for the Creative Wing; and $100,000 for new programming in the Creative Wing


Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL, www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org

$6,000 to support its benefit event


Khecari Dance Company, Chicago, IL, www.khecari.org

$25,000 for a matching grant to support their upcoming production of The Cronus Land. $25,000 for “Pales Real”


Kovno Communications, Berkeley, CA, www.kovnocommunications.org

$50,000 to help underwrite the costs of the outreach campaign in the United States and South Africa for the documentary film, “Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa.”


Kuumba Lynx, Chicago, IL, www.kuumbalynx.org

$50,000 for each of three years to fund a new administrative staff position at an Arts Education and Youth Development organization


Library of Congress, Washington, DC, www.loc.gov

$85,500: $65,000 to support Maria Schneider in residency and to commission her to compose a new jazz work; $20,500 to support 2 jazz artists in residence at the Library researching the jazz collections


Mosaic Theater of DC, Washington, DC, www.mosaictheater.org

$250,000 for a challenge grant for general support of the company’s inaugural season


New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA, www.nefa.org

$200,000 challenge grant for the Regional Dance Development Initiative: $50,000 as an outright grant and a $150,000 as a challenge grant


New York Public Radio, New York, NY, www.nypublicradio.org

$50,000 to support finishing, marketing and outreach costs for the documentary film "The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith".


Oracle Theater, Chicago, IL, www.publicaccesstheatre.org

$15,000 for the main stage premiere of “This House Believes The American Dream is at the Expense of the American Negro.”


Project&, Chicago, IL, www.projectand.org

$50,000 for each of three years for general support of their transformative arts programming


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL, http://arts.uchicago.edu/reva-and-david-logan-center-arts

$80,000 for each of three years to support the new staff position of Community Arts Program Manager.

$93,725 to continue the matinee programming for local public schools; $73,375 for the Jazz at the Logan Series and youth education programs; and $10,000 to work with the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Story Share Project to capture the oral histories of jazz legends Joe Segal and Bob Koester


Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA, www.sigtheatre.org

$425,000 over three years ($250,000 in outright grants and $175,000 in challenge grants) for new play development


Sixth & I, Washington, DC, www.sixthandi.org

$50,000 for each of three years: $20,000 each year for MLK Shabbat and $30,000 each year for The TEN for Shavuot


Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC, www.smithsonianassociates.org

$10,000 for two public lectures about the design and development of Washington, DC


Southern Documentary Fund, Durham, NC, www.southerndocumentaryfund.org

$50,000 for each of three years (the third year is a challenge grant) for Sam Stephenson’s documentary on “Big Ears”

$20,000 for support of Sam Stephenson’s “Big Ears” documentary film


Split This Rock, Washington, DC, www.splitthisrock.org

$50,000 for each of three years to support poetry readings, workshops, youth programs, and its biennial poetry festival


Swell Cinema, Berkeley, CA, www.swellcinema.com

$102,500 for a challenge grant to help complete a documentary about jazz musician Fred Hersh


Theater J, Washington, DC

$50,000 for each of three years for general support


The Art League, Alexandria, VA,

$50,000 for each of three years for their Outreach Program, which includes bringing art education to veterans, at-risk youth, and low-income students


The Bunny and Crocodile Press, Annapolis, MD, www.loc.gov/poetry/media/poetpoem

$7,000 for each of three years for "The Poet & The Poem from the Library of Congress”, an annual series of 11 broadcasts of recordings of leading American poets and writers


The Ciesla Foundation, Washington DC, www.cieslafoundation.org

$150,000 for post-production work on the Rosenwald Schools documentary film


The Washington, DC International Film Festival, Washington, DC, www.filmfestdc.org

$5,000 for general support for Filmfest DC


Urban Arias, Washington, DC, www.urbanarias.org

$5,000 for each of three years for general support of Urban Arias short, contemporary opera performances


University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, www.uchicago.edu

$30,000 for the restoration of the public art sculpture, Concrete Traffic


Vocal Arts DC, Washington, D.C., www.vocalartsdc.org

$10,000 for each of three years recitals, community outreach and in-school programs


Wolf Trap Foundation, Vienna, VA, www.wolftrap.org

$25,000 for each of three years to support the Wolf Trap Opera's Youth Showcase


Young Chicago Authors, Chicago, IL, www.youngchicagoauthors.org

$25,000 for a matching grant. Young Chicago Authors encourages self-expression and literacy among Chicago’s youth through creative writing, performance, and publication

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