Bloomberg Philanthropies Gives $43 M. to 53 Arts Organizations in Austin and New Orleans

Image of the Boston Baroque, another organization that receives funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.


Bloomberg Philanthropies has named the 50-plus organizations based in Austin, Texas, and New Orleans that have been selected to participate in the foundation’s Arts Innovation and Management Program. Some 26 cultural organizations in Austin and 27 in New Orleans will be provided operating support and internal arts management training through the $43 million multi-year project, which falls under Bloomberg’s larger American Cities Initiative. A full list of organizations receiving grant money can be found below.

Michael R. Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, said in a statement, “The arts inspire people, provide jobs, and strengthen communities. This program is aimed at helping some of the country’s most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.”

Both cities, according to a release, rank among the 20 American cities identified as “top arts-vibrant large communities” in the 2018 Arts Vibrancy Index, which is published annually by the National Center for Arts Research. In a statement, New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell thanked the Bloomberg foundation, adding, “In New Orleans, art and culture are central to our identity—specifically, the work of our smaller, ground-level cultural organizations helps to define the creative fabric of our city and serves as a major part of the cultural influence of New Orleans.”

Austin’s mayor, Steve Adler said, “This investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies will create the capacity for our emerging arts organizations to realize their potential and be better equipped to grow into mature organizations that will serve our community long into the future.”

Austin, Texas
Anthropos Arts
Austin Chamber Music Center
Austin Chorus
Austin Classical Guitar
Austin Creative Alliance
Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Society
Austin Music Foundation
Austin Opera
Austin Playhouse
Austin Shakespeare Festival
Big Medium
Center For Women & Their Work
Creative Action
Esquina Tango Cultural Society Of Austin
Forklift Danceworks
Fusebox Festival
Penfold Theatre Company
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance
Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico De Texas
Rude Mechanicals-A Theatre Collective
Salvage Vanguard Theater
Telling Project
Vortex Repertory Company

New Orleans
Arts Council Of New Orleans
Artspot Productions
Contemporary Arts Center
Cool Cooperative
Dancing Grounds
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Ellis Marsalis Center For Music
Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra
Junebug Productions
Kid Smart
Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre
Louisiana Children’S Museum
Make Music Nola
Marigny Opera House Foundation
New Orleans Ballet Association
New Orleans Ballet
New Orleans Center For Creative Arts Institute
New Orleans Childrens Chorus
New Orleans Film And Video Festival
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
New Orleans Opera Association
Roots Of Music
National Food and Beverage Foundation
Southern Rep
The Ogden Museum Of Southern Art
Uptown Music Theatre

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