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Merce Cunningham Trust Awards Grants to Baryshnikov Arts Center, Foundation for Contemporary Arts

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The Merce Cunningham Trust has given grants for $250,000 to the Baryshnikov Arts Center and $375,000 to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, which was founded by two of Cunningham’s collaborators, John Cage (the choreographer’s longtime partner) and Jasper Johns. The foundation will use the money to create a biennial Merce Cunningham award. The Baryshnikov Arts Center will use the money towards establishing a Cage-Cunningham fellowship, according to The New York Times, and will rename its largest rehearsal space the John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio.

Allan Sperling, a trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust, which was founded in 1990 to, in Sperling’s words, “support Merce’s work,” told The Times this is the first time the Trust has awarded cash grants, and probably the last. “Our central activities are to actively support the licensing of the work and to encourage the teaching of his technique,” he said.

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