October 29, 2010 | Hostos Community College
Grant Earmarked for Hostos New Young Roots Series Aimed at Showcasing Young Masters of Afro-Caribbean Music and Dance
The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded the Hostos Community College Center for the Arts & Culture a grant of $150,000 to fund an innovative music and dance program titled the Young Roots Series that will showcase young masters of Afro-Caribbean music and dance who combine elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and reggaeton with the folkloric elements that are part of their cultural background.
This project grew out of the Hostos Center’s two rotating biennial festivals: BomPlenazo, which focuses on the bomba and plena traditions of Puerto Rico, and Quijombo, which focuses on the congo, salve, and guloya traditions of the Dominican Republic. In recent years, groups and ensembles featured at the festivals have experienced the influx of a new generation of performers who grew up in these traditions and now are masters themselves. However, these young practitioners are building on the traditional base by adding elements and styles that are informed by jazz, hip-hop, rock, reggaeton and other contemporary genres. The common denominator is their Afro-Caribbean roots, their tone and spirit is urban, and the result is a hip, innovative product that will be presented to the public in the New Roots Series.
“We are very grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation for providing this much-needed funding, which will helps the Hostos Center carry on its tradition of providing outstanding cultural events for residents of the South Bronx and surrounding neighborhoods,” said Dr. Felix V. Matos-Rodriguez, president of the college.
The grant was awarded under the Rockefeller Foundation’s highly selective New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, which supports creativity and the arts, with an emphasis on innovation. The Foundation awards two-year grants for groundbreaking creative work that enriches the city’s cultural life and strengthens the role that the arts will play in the future of New York.
With the Foundation’s support, artists and art communities can build an innovative creative sector that provokes New Yorkers to react, question and learn. These grants underscore the Rockefeller Foundation’s commitment to the impact and influence that creative expression and innovation can exert on social progress.
About Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
The mission of the Hostos Center is to address the cultural needs of its surrounding inner-city communities while affirming the cultural heritages of its audiences, especially Latinos and African-Americans. Since its inception in 1982, the Center has been an important agent for this affirmation, serving as venue for performances, festivals, residencies and commissions featuring a who’s-who of Latino artists.
For more information about Hostos Community College, visit: www.hostos.cuny.edu.
Following is a press release issued by the Rockefeller Foundation announcing the funding awarded to 18 New York City artists and organizations, including the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture.
The Rockefeller Foundation Gives More Than $3 Million to Support New York City Artists
Theme of Sustainability among 2010 NYC Cultural Innovation Fund Competition Winners
October 06, 2010 / Press Releases
New York, NY, October 6, 2010—Today Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin announced the 18 winners of the Foundation’s 2010 New York City Cultural Innovation Fund competition – and with it more than $3 million in grants to support local New York City art and artists. Each of these 18 New York City-based organizations will receive a two-year grant of up to $250,000, underscoring the Foundation’s commitment to artistic expression and innovation, and bolstering the vital economic engine that the creative sector brings to New York. Many of this year’s winners–selected from more than 400 diverse projects–focus on addressing issues of sustainability in the urban environment.
According to a study from the Alliance for the Arts in May 2010, the state of the economy continues to have a significant impact in the creative sector in New York City. The study shows that 61 percent of arts organizations were planning to reduce their budgets this year, and 42 percent were anticipating the need to cancel or postpone programs.
“The Rockefeller Foundation is thrilled to continue our tradition of supporting art and creativity right here in our home town of New York City through the Cultural Innovation Fund,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. “As the creative sector continues to struggle in today’s economy, it is critical that our city’s artists have the resources they need to continue to create innovative thought provoking work that challenges all of us to question and learn new things.”
One strong theme of this year’s winners was unique links between the environment and the creative sector. With diverse approaches ranging from an interactive drama in which the audience works on green retrofits in the theater to an online atlas that traces New York City’s environmental transformation or the presentation of public waterfront works of visual art and music focused on environmental themes, many of the projects connect art with sustainability in bold new ways.
Started in 2007, the New York City Cultural Innovation Fund awards two-year grants, ranging from $50,000 to $250,000, for groundbreaking initiatives that enrich the City’s cultural life and help to ensure the continued economic strength and diversity of the City’s creative sector.
Two prominent leaders from the fields of innovation and the arts served as advisors to the Fund: David Thorpe, Director of Innovation, Institute for State effectiveness and Andrew Zolli, Founder, Z + Partners and Curator, annual Pop!Tech Conference.
The New York City Cultural Innovation Fund builds on the Rockefeller Foundation’s tradition of support for the arts. The Foundation supports artists in a variety of fields through its investments in national arts organizations including Creative Capital, United States Artists, and Renew Media. Historically, the Foundation provided major funding for the establishment of several of New York City’s landmark cultural institutions, including Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
The Rockefeller Foundation fosters innovative solutions to many of the world’s most pressing challenges, affirming its mission, since 1913, to “promote the well-being” of humanity. Today, the Foundation works to ensure that more people can tap into the benefits of globalization while strengthening resilience to risks. Foundation initiatives include efforts to mobilize an agricultural revolution in sub-Saharan Africa, bolster economic security for American workers, inform equitable, sustainable transportation policies in the United States, ensure access to affordable and high-quality health systems in developing countries, support strategies and services that help vulnerable communities cope with the impacts of climate disruptions, and promote environments in which creativity can flourish.
For more information about the Rockefeller Foundation, or to learn more about applying for an award from the 2011 New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, please visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org.
Recipients of the 2010 Rockefeller Foundation
New York City Cultural Innovation Fund Awards
3-Legged Dog, to develop a cooperative financial support structure with a set of international secondary markets for multimedia performing arts
Creative Time, for Artists on the News, which uses major media partnerships to feature artists in dialogues on the most pressing socio-political issues of the day
Dance Theatre of Harlem, for an in-person and online program linking dancers and choreographers with non-dancers to expand audiences and collaborate on new works
Demos, for The Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability, to support cultural and civic activism and cultural policy formulation by conducting research on the roles of arts and culture in urban economies
EmcArts, to formalize a peer-to-peer learning community to help arts organizations practice innovation and develop new strategies for addressing current and future challenges
Exit Art, to develop New York’s first theater focused on micro-financed national and international digital cinema from under-represented countries and premieres of rare and youth-produced films
The Foundry Theatre, for a series of collaborations between artists and community-based social justice organizations that will create and perform six new theatrical works that re-imagine New York City
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, for a series in which young masters of Afro-Caribbean music blur national distinctions by combining elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and reggaeton
International WOW Company, for a teaching/interactive drama in which the audience conducts green retrofits on the theater over the course of the play’s run
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, in partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council, to further develop a tourism initiative to brand Brooklyn as a destination for a unique and authentic African Diaspora experience
New York Hall of Science, for a project in which artists work with the Queens community to create art that explores the connections among immigration, urbanization, cultural vitality and sustainability
Park Avenue Armory, to inaugurate the drill hall as New York City’s first grand-scale, non-proscenium dance space to create bold new works without typical constraints
Pratt Center for Community Development, in partnership with Pratt Institute’s Initiative for Art, Community and Social Change, to develop visual and performance art to complement sustainable practices in urban communities
Queens Museum of Art, to launch Studio Corona, a residency embedding artists in the most ethnically diverse community in the United States and, in partnership with Queens College, CUNY, to develop a Masters of Fine Art in Social Practice
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