In making commitments to fund the performing and visual arts (including theatre, music, fine arts, dance, film and video, poetry, publishing and arts and crafts), we are cognizant of the mission of the Foundation to support projects, programs and activities that “are demonstrably creative in concept and excellent in substance; that elevate people’s spirits, goals and capacities above the level of basic needs . . . primarily through opportunities for meaningful education [and] . . . participation in the arts; and that promote inventiveness and entrepreneurship.
- Pursuant to that mission, we will prioritize gifts that can make a significant difference in an organization’s capacity to develop, create or sustain projects and programs in the arts that meet standards of artistic merit and feasibility, and that are distinctive or inventive; are inclusive of diverse artists and themes; are accessible to diverse and underserved audiences; that challenge, provoke and inspire change; build and expand communities; and that illuminate and educate artists and audiences.
- We place a special emphasis on programs that embrace the development of young professionals and propel them towards successful and sustainable careers in the arts, that cultivate greater diversity and equity in the arts, and that are at the nexus of art and social change.
- We also seek to incentivize directly the creation of artistic works that advance the mission of the Foundation to elevate people’s spirits, goals, knowledge and capacities.