Shelley and Donald Rubin have long been supporters of arts organizations and institutions in all five boroughs of New York City. The beneficiaries of the couple’s largess have included the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, the Queens Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, and, of course, their own Rubin Museum in Manhattan.The Rubins’ philanthropic endeavors within the city limits expanded last year when they announced that the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation was starting an Art and Social Justice initiative, which pledged to support local arts institutions that fight for social change. Today, the first recipients of that initiative’s grants program were announced, and the list comprises 46 different operations from different parts of the city, including the Abrons Art Center on the Lower East Side, Council on the Arts & Humanities For Staten Island, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling on 155th Street. They will split a gift of nearly $1 million, with each organization receiving anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000The news was first reported by The New York Times. See the full list of grant recipients below.
Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement
Art Beyond Sight
The Center for Artistic Activism
Center for Urban Pedagogy
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Council On The Arts & Humanities For Staten Island (DBA Staten Island Arts)
Culture Push, Inc.
Ping Chong + Company
Queens College/Queens Museum – Social Practice Queens (SPQ)
Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)
The Working Theater, Inc.
Art in Community and Service Centers
Gina Gibney Dance, Inc.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center
Center for Architecture
Center for Book Arts
Children’s Museum of Art
Community Word Project
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Friends of Materials for the Arts
El Museo del Barrio
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
Bronx Museum of Art
Socrates Sculpture Park
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Weeksville Heritage Center
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Casita Maria, Inc.
Freshkills Park Alliance
National Audubon Society
Times Square District Management Association (DBA Times Square Alliance)
Under-Recognized Artistic Practice
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts
Triangle Arts Association