The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is Awarded a Grant From the Association of Performing Arts Presenters

Long Island City, NY—The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center of LaGuardia Community College was among 15 of the nation’s art organizations receiving an Association of Performing Arts Presenters grant to develop artistic projects that will expand awareness and understanding of Muslim societies.  LaGuardia was the only college in New York State and the only community college in the country among the awardees.

 Through APAP’s Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, LPAC will apply its $5,000 planning grant toward the development of a full proposal built around cross-campus and community collaborations.

“Out of hundreds of applicants it is a real honor for LPAC to make it to the final 15,” said Steven Hitt, LPAC’s managing director.  “This potential grant will enhance our ability to support artists tenfold.”

APAP in December will award up to eight of the presenting organizations with two-year project grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 each.

The Building Bridges program supports U.S. performing arts presenters who build interdisciplinary cross-campus and community collaborations that expand awareness, knowledge and understanding of Muslim societies.

APAP selected the 15 semifinalists out of a pool of several hundred colleges.

The other awardees are:

UApresents, University of Arizona.  Tucson, AZ

Mabel Shaw Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College.  Claremont, CA.

Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University.  Middletown,              CT

Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University.  Washington, D.C.

Art2Action, University of South Florida.  Tampa, FL

MDC Live Arts, Miami Dade College.  Miami, FL

Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa.  Iowa City, IA

MIT Office of the Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Cambridge, MA

MusicUnitesUS, Brandeis University.  Waltham, MA

The Cedar Cultural Center, Augsburg College.  Minneapolis, MN

Edison Theatre, Washington University in St. Louis.  St Louis, MO

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. New Brunswick, NJ

University of Dayton Arts Series, University of Dayton.  Dayton, OH

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston.  Houston, TX

About APAP:

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), based in Washington, D.C., is the national service and advocacy organization with more than 1,500 members worldwide, dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. Our members represent the nation’s leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performance facilities, nonprofit performing arts centers, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, as well as artist agencies, managers, touring companies, and national consulting practices that serve the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists. As a leader in the field, APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing, and civic engagement.  APAP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors. In addition to presenting the annual APAP|NYC – the world’s leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts – APAP continues to be the industry’s leading resource, knowledge and networking destination for the advancement of performing arts presenting.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation:

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, wildlife conservation medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

About the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art:

Based in New York, the Doris Duke Foundation of Islamic Art is one of three operating foundations supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  The mission of DDFIA is to improve the quality of people’s lives through the study, understanding and appreciation of Islamic arts and cultures.  The Building Bridges Program is a national grant-making program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, an operating foundation of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

About LPAC:

The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) presents vital high-quality programming intended to give a booming voice to the most diverse community in the world. Already a destination for internationally acclaimed music, dance, and theater acts; LPAC is quick developing into a scene for hot area talent. 

The innovative space grant program supports artists and companies from all five boroughs of NYC by providing them with space, technical assistance and administrative support. With multiple performance spaces and technical features that rival those of many theaters in Manhattan.  The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City has found its niche within the city’s rich array of cultural resources.

About LaGuardia Community College:

LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit to learn more.