BURNAWAY Selected as a Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ AIM Program

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BURNAWAY today announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.

Kelly Taylor Mitchell: Kin, Spirit, Seed on view at Westobou Gallery, Augusta

“We are thrilled to have been chosen for this amazing program,” said BURNAWAY Interim Executive Director Stephanie Cash. “As one of 200 small arts organizations in seven cities receiving this support, we’re honored that Bloomberg Philanthropies recognizes the value of our work to raise the profile of contemporary visual art communities in Atlanta and the South. Small and midsize arts organizations play a vital role in developing a city’s cultural infrastructure and they usually do it on a shoestring, so the support Bloomberg is providing, both financially and administratively, is particularly meaningful.” [Scroll down for the complete list of Atlanta participants.]

AIM targets arts non-profits because of the vital role that they play in building communities, driving local economies and supporting artists. “The arts inspire people, provide jobs, and strengthen communities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This program is aimed at helping some of the country’s most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.” Bloomberg Philanthropies will develop curricula and conduct seminars for the program in partnership with leading experts, including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, led by Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan. AIM organizations will engage in activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals, and will receive one-on-one consultations and implementation support for organization leaders and their boards.

“Atlanta has a booming creative sector. The city is home to more than 500 cultural organizations, many with a national or international profile and within that, a very robust small and mid-size cohort. We are excited to see what we can do to enhance that excellence,” said Kate D. Levin, Head of Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Program.

Re:Focus a photo exhibition on view at Swan Coach House in Atlanta through October 27

All organizations invited to participate in the 2018 expansion of the AIM program are nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Participating organizations will be required to secure 20% of their AIM grant in matching dollars; reach 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in DataArts, an online management tool that assists arts organizations across the country in collecting, learning from, and using data effectively. The grants will be unrestricted to allow recipients to utilize the funds to address their greatest needs.

Since 2011, AIM has helped more than 500 small and mid-sized organizations in all creative disciplines, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature and dance. Participating organizations reported significant improvements in board development, fundraising and overall income over the two-year program. Watch this video for an overview of the Arts Innovation and Management program:

Founded in 2008, BURNAWAY is an Atlanta-based online magazine about contemporary visual art in Atlanta and the South. We provide the critical dialogue necessary to propel our creative communities forward and increase national recognition of our region’s artists and organizations. We also fulfill our mission through our Art Writers Mentorship Program, the Atlanta Art Guide, writing workshops and events.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies  
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

AIM Program 2018 Atlanta Participants

  • Actors Express
  • Alternate Roots
  • Apex Museum
  • Art Papers
  • ART Station
  • ArtsATL
  • Atlanta Celebrates Photography
  • Atlanta Chamber Players
  • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
  • Atlanta Film Society
  • Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
  • Atlanta Lyric Theatre
  • Atlanta Master Chorale
  • Atlanta Music Project
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Company
  • Atlanta Workshop Players
  • Atlanta Young Singers Of Callanwolde
  • Ballethnic Dance Company
  • Burnaway
  • C4 Atlanta
  • Core Dance
  • Dads Garage
  • Dance Canvas
  • Dashboard U.S.
  • Flux Projects
  • Georgia Ensemble Theatre
  • gloATL
  • The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning
  • Horizon Theatre Company
  • Johns Creek Community Arts Center
  • Moving In The Spirit
  • Museum Of Contemporary Art Of Georgia
  • Museum Of Design Atlanta
  • National Black Arts Festival
  • Out Of Hand Theater
  • Seven Stages
  • Synchronicity Performance Group
  • The Callanwolde Foundation
  • Theatre Du Reve
  • Theatrical Outfit
  • True Colors Theatre Company
  • Voices Of Note
  • Whole World Theater Company
  • WonderRoot
  • Youth Ensemble Of Atlanta

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