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Founded
1964
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Large
Celebrating Maine's maritime heritage and culture
Maine Maritime Museum celebrates Maine's maritime heritage and culture in order to educate the community and a worldwide audience about the important role of Maine in regional and global maritime activities. The Museum accomplishes its stewardship through: discriminate collection, preservation and dissemination of historic materials and information, engaging educational programs, relevant and compelling exhibitions, and a unique historic shipyard, all connecting the past to contemporary and future issues.
Founded
1977
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Small
Inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play. The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children's development and learning. The Museum & Theatre is a significant and valuable community asset, offering a broad and diverse array of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities especially developed for children ages 0-10 and the adults who accompany them.
Founded
1987
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Giant
Celebrating Maine's role in American art
Celebrating Maine's role in American art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America's greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.
Founded
1983
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Giant
Explore. Experience. Discover three centuries of art and architecture.
Founded in 1882, the Portland Museum of Art preserves, documents, and interprets four significant architectural landmarks and a rich variety of art drawn from its collections and from loans to encourage its visitors and community to experience original work. The Museum consistently creates outstanding exhibitions, educational programs, and activities that inspire and enrich the lives of diverse audiences; it also serves as a vital cultural center for greater Portland, the state of Maine, and New England. The Museum's extensive collection of fine and decorative arts dates from the 18th century to the present; the Museum also has the largest collection of European art north of Boston and a comprehensive collection of Winslow Homer's graphics.
Founded
2002
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Large
Supporting Arizona's public radio stations
The Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) assures the future vitality and excellence of the community's public radio and broadens its support through events, audience awareness and funding. The FPRAZ works in collaboration with Maricopa County Community College District, Rio Salado College, Staff at KJZZ 91.5 and KBAQ 89.5, and Public Radio Partners, Inc. in a coordinated effort to support public radio in Arizona.
Founded
2002
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Giant
Providing an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together
The mission of the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples is to provide an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together. Founded in 2002, we celebrate the natural curiosity of children by offering an educationally dynamic space that encourages exploration and discovery. This safe and wonderful place inspires children and families to have fun while learning together. The Golisano Children's Museum of Naples is a two-story 30,000 square foot cultural institution including ten permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, a Family Resource Library, classrooms, birthday party room, meeting rooms, Garden Cafe and Museum Store as well as space for staff, volunteers and ongoing operations. All facilities are designed to be fully accessible. The exhibits blend state-of-the-art technology with a replication of the natural world and human communities. Developed by experts in child psychology, museum master planning and exhibit design this experiential play fosters creativity, curiosity, empathy and self-esteem. Play allows children to develop the social skills needed to cooperate with others, sharpen their senses as a means for exploration, strengthen gross and fine motor skills and develop problem solving techniques.
Founded
2003
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Giant
Radio and TV news
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television; and on the internet. Democracy Now!'s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates - debates between people who substantially disagree.
Founded
1962
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Small
Transforming lives through high-quality programs, music education, & community outreach.
Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber Concerts features world-renowned artists year-round. During July and August, the Summer Music Festival brings classical, jazz and film events to the historic Rockport Opera House and Strand Theatre in Rockland. Throughout the rest of the year, the Performing Arts Series features classical, jazz, world music and dance events. Bay Chamber is also committed to providing educational opportunities to students of all ages. The Bay Chamber Community Music School offers private instruction, orchestral opportunities, and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities. For over 50 years, Bay Chamber Concerts has awarded annual prizes and performance opportunities to young Maine Musicians.
Founded
1967
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Large
Bringing history and people together for delight, discovery, and learning
Founded in 1967, the mission of Strawbery Banke Museum is to promote understanding of the lives of individuals and the value of community through encounters with the history and ongoing preservation of a New England Seaport Neighborhood. Visitors to Strawbery Banke have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical American neighborhood throughout four centuries of history. Through its restored houses, its featured exhibits, its historic landscapes and gardens, and its interpretive programs, Strawbery Banke tells the stories of the many generations who settled in the Portsmouth, NH, community from the late l7th to the mid-20th century. Annually, the Museum serves 65,000 individuals of all ages.
Founded
1978
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Large
Helping to create a more informed public
The mission of New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national and worldwide events, ideas and culture. To that end, we offer the highest quality news and information and cultural programming that we can achieve within the limits of our resources. We do this through our broadcasts and through our web operations. We have grown significantly since we began broadcasting in 1981, from 500 station members to nearly 15,000 and from a single station to six transmitters and four translators. With a signal that can be heard in almost every corner of the state, NHPR is committed to bring the different regions of this state together.
Founded
1992
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Small
Share the Power of a Wish
Founded in 1987, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire is a 501c3 organization that grants the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's heartfelt wish provides a joyful and life changing experience that benefits both the child and the family. The staff and volunteers of New Hampshire strive to provide these children with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times and sheer joy. As part of the nation's largest and most recognized wish-granting organization, with chapters and volunteers throughout the United States and the world we draw on that strength, as well as, our vast local network, to help children's dreams come true....right here in New Hampshire every day. Make-A-Wish® volunteers bring wishes to life with passion and creativity throughout the year as wish granters, fundraisers, ambassadors and office volunteers.
Founded
2002
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Tiny
Dedicated to sustaining and fostering the growth of cultural traditions
Founded in 2001, The Alliance for California Traditional Arts promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists. From Ohlone basketry and African-American quilt-making to cowboy poetry and Vietnamese opera, California is home to hundreds of diverse traditions. ACTA connects artists, communities, and funders to each other, information, and resources through grants and contracts, convenings, research, and technical assistance. ACTA also provides advocacy through local and national field-building. Recognized for its culturally competent leadership, intellectual capital, and excellence in program administration, ACTA is the California Arts Council's official partner in serving the state's folk and traditional arts field.
Founded
1949
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Giant
Offering a new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture
Founded in 1947, Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages. The Museum's collections, educational programs, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.
Founded
1943
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Medium
A Place to Explore the Wonders of Our World
The Fairbanks Museum was founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks. We inspire appreciation for our place in the natural world and motivate our stewardship of a healthy planet. Inside our classic Victorian building, you will find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more!
Founded
1975
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Giant
Providing an essential and trusted independent voice for the people of our region.
Listener-supported Vermont Public Radio has been serving the people of Vermont and the surrounding region since 1977. As Vermont's only statewide public radio network, VPR provides an essential and trusted independent voice for news, information, music and cultural exploration for the people of our region.
Founded
1980
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Large
Fostering the enjoyment, understanding, and development of the performing arts in Vermont
The mission of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is to foster the enjoyment, understanding, and development of the performing arts in Vermont and the region. The Center is a full-service home for the performing arts in the region; offers a wide range of cultural and educational experiences to our community; and nurtures the creative development of new national and local performing artists. Events presented by the Flynn are carefully selected from among the finest performers and performances in the world; our educational programs connect audiences with the performing arts through a wide range of activities. The Flynn provides a well-equipped and managed home for the arts and services that include a box office, ushers (Flynn Spirits), concessions, and professional crew.
Founded
1982
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Medium
Continuing support for Vermont communities since 1980
The Preservation Trust of Vermont was founded in 1980 to initiate, stimulate and assist local and statewide efforts to preserve and use Vermont's rich collection of historic, architectural cultural and community resources. We help through planning grants, technical assistance, preservation grants, and a variety of educational tools. Much of this work is in partnership with local organizations, communities and individual Vermonters who are actively working to protect and restore significant historic properties, downtowns and community centers. The Preservation Trust has assisted community leaders, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations in virtually every community in Vermont.
Founded
2002
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Giant
Promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the west
With 12 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the west. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach. Forward-thinking Houstonians led by former First Lady Barbara Bush and former Ambassador Roy M. Huffington established Asia Society Texas Center in 1979.
Founded
1934
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Giant
Considered a “classic American museum,” the Worcester Art Museum was founded in 1896 by Stephen Salisbury III and 50 prominent citizens of Worcester and opened to the public in 1898. Since less than 5 percent of its permanent collection is on display, the Museum organizes temporary exhibitions in three major areas: Contemporary, Asian and Prints, Drawings and Photographs (PDP). The Worcester Art Museum is home to one of the country's first museum/public school collaborations, established in 1927. This long-term commitment to schoolchildren in the central Massachusetts region continues today with thousands of school children visiting the museum for a tour and/or a gallery/studio/workshop as part of their schooling. In addition to these collaborations with the schools, the museum welcomes thousands of adults and families for informal and formal learning experiences in a wide range of educational and experiential programs.
Founded
1949
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Large
Educating the public about modern and contemporary American art
Opened in 1950, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park is a public museum of art established to educate as broad and diverse a public as possible about modern and contemporary American art. The Museum accomplishes this mission by focusing primarily, though not exclusively, on the art of the New England region. DeCordova educates through exhibitions, collections, classes, outreach programs, and a full schedule of activities designed to enhance our public's engagement with art and artists. With over 3,000 works in its holdings, the Museum features an important permanent collection of New England contemporary art. DeCordova currently offers the only permanent public sculpture park in New England. Close to 80 modern and contemporary works grace the 35-acre site. DeCordova plays a critical role in preserving today's regional art for future generations.
Founded
1920
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Giant
Dedicated to the making of music consonant with the highest aspirations of musical art
The mission of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is to foster and maintain an organization dedicated to the making of music consonant with the highest aspirations of musical art, creating performances and providing educational and training programs at the highest level of excellence. Founded in 1881, the BSO presents an average of 27 programs in nearly 100 concerts at Symphony Hall between September and April; another 33 concerts are presented each summer at Tanglewood. Education is integral to the BSO's mission, and comprises two main components: the training of young professional musicians at the Tanglewood Music Center, and in-school and summer programs that address the need for integrated, high-quality arts education in the public schools.
Founded
1965
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Giant
Providing information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) houses and preserves preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. The Museum aims for the highest standards of quality in all its endeavors. It serves as a resource for both those who are already familiar with art and those for whom art is a new experience. Through exhibitions, programs, research and publications, the Museum documents and interprets its own collections. It provides information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world. MFA creates educational opportunities for visitors and accommodates a wide range of experiences and learning styles; the Museum also educates artists of the future through its School.
Founded
1940
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Large
Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections!
Berkshire Museum works to bring people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history, and natural science. The broad and varied collections of the Berkshire Museum include objects from virtually every continent, from important fine art and sculpture to natural science specimens and ancient artifacts.
Founded
1993
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Giant
Furthering understanding of science and technology
Founded in 1830, the Museum of Science, Boston works to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society. To accomplish this educational mission, the Museum is dedicated to attracting the broadest possible spectrum of participants, and involving them in activities, exhibits and programs which will: encourage curiosity, questioning and exploration; inform and educate; enhance a sense of personal achievement in learning; respect individual interest, backgrounds and abilities; and promote life-long learning and informed and active citizenship.
Founded
1934
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Giant
Building innovative, meaningful and fun exhibits
MissionBoston Children's Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.VisionBoston Children's Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children's creativity and curiosity. We promote the healthy development of all children so that they will fulfill their potential and contribute to our collective wellbeing and future prosperity.
Founded
1959
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Giant
At the leading edge of art in Boston for 80 years
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) was founded in 1936 as The Boston Museum of Modern Art; in 1948, the museum changed its name to become the ICA. The ICA strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process. For more than a half century, the ICA has presented contemporary art in all media - visual arts, film, and video, performance and literature - and created educational programs that encourage an appreciation for contemporary culture. Throughout the ICA's history it has been at the fore in identifying and supporting the most important artists of its time and bringing them to public attention.
Founded
1937
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Giant
Imagination. Inspiration. Innovation.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opened to the public on the evening of January 1st, 1903. The Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. Housed in a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the Museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. The Museum's preeminent collection contains more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare books and decorative arts. The galleries house works by some of the most recognized artists in the world, including Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Sargent.
Founded
1956
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Giant
Produced in Boston, shared with the world
WGBH Boston first hit the airwaves in October 1951 with a live radio concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives. WGBH holds the licenses for eight broadcast operations, and is the source of one-third of all prime-time programming seen on public television nationwide, including such series as Frontline, Nova, and Antiques Roadshow. Today, WGBH offers multiple television and radio channels, vibrant Web content, and a wide range of teaching tools used in classrooms from coast to coast.
Founded
1937
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Medium
Promoting children's literacy and braille books and materials for blind and low vision children and adults
National Braille Press (NBP) was founded in 1927 to provide a newspaper to blind individuals - who at that time - were dependent on family and friends to tell them about the events of the world. NBP's dedication to providing tools and resources to empower blind and visually impaired to actively engage in the world around them still continues.Today, NBP not only provides Syndicated Columnists Weekly - a 36-page braille edition that contains some of the best editorials of the week from prestigious papers such as The Washington Post, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune, we also provide braille books for children, braille cookbooks for adults, and braille computer and smartphone manuals, text books, and standardized test materials for blind and visually impaired students. We even provide braille airline safety guides and braille Starbuck's menus. We are proud to report that our work today impacts the lives of over 15,000 blind and low vision individuals each year.
Founded
1932
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Giant
Preserving whaling history
The Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum was founded in 1903 to create and foster an interest in the history of the territory included in Old Dartmouth; promote historical research; and collect documents and relics and provide for their proper custody. The Society established the Whaling Museum in 1907 to tell the story of American whaling and to describe the role New Bedford played as the whaling capital of the world in the nineteenth century. Today, the Museum is the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port. Through exhibits, publications, and programs, the Museum brings to life the whaling era and the history of the local area.
Founded
2016
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Giant
Defining the past. Shaping the future.
Founded in 1910, Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions with a variety of programs: 36 house museums and landscapes spanning four centuries of architectural styles and five New England states; a collection of more than 100,000 objects of New England art and artifacts; an archive of more than one million items documenting New England's architectural and cultural history; nationally recognized educational programs that use historic resources to reinforce and enrich student learning; and partnership programs with property owners with a shared goal of protecting the unique character of historic properties throughout the region.
Founded
1933
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Giant
science.nature.explore.connect.
Founded in 1825 as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History, EcoTarium works to contribute to a better world by inspiring a passion for science and nature through discovery. Our transition from the New England Science Center to the EcoTarium in 1998 refocused the museum on its roots in the natural sciences with a focus on hands-on exploration and discovery. EcoTarium is on the forefront of bringing science and nature education to schoolchildren in grades K-12. Each year, the museum serves thousands of schoolchildren from across the region and strives to provide unique and exciting avenues to explore science and nature inside the classroom and out.
Founded
1942
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Giant
An independent research library founded in 1791
Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is an independent research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history, many of them irreplaceable national treasures. In the two centuries since the founding of the MHS, its mission has remained constant: to collect, preserve, make accessible, and communicate manuscripts that promote the study of Massachusetts and the nation. The institution today encompasses five programmatic areas: library, publications, research programs, The Adams Papers, and education and public programming.
Founded
1994
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Large
Discover Heritage, Nature & Art
Founded in 1914, Fruitlands Museum strives to inspire and educate through the heritage, nature and art of New England. Fruitlands Museum is committed to sharing the unique perspectives of artists, both historical and contemporary. The frequently changing exhibitions offer a wide variety of selections from Fruitlands' collections, other museum and private collections, and contemporary artists from the New England region.
Founded
1930
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Large
Performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest level of artistic excellence.
A principal leader of Boston's arts community since 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is dedicated to performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest level of artistic excellence and to sharing that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible through concert performances at Symphony and Jordan Halls, tours, recordings, radio broadcasts, and outreach initiatives for students and underserved communities.
Founded
1945
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Large
Art. History. Culture.
Founded in 1873, the Cape Ann Museum is a vibrant cultural center that includes galleries, an auditorium, library/archives, a children's activity center, two sculpture gardens and two historic homes. The Cape Ann Museum strives to foster an appreciation of the quality and diversity of life on Cape Ann, past and present; to further the knowledge and enjoyment of Cape Ann history and art; to collect and preserve significant information and artifacts; and to encourage community involvement in our programs and holdings. In all our activities, the Museum emphasizes the highest standards of quality and seeks to engage the broadest possible audience.
Founded
1933
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Giant
Advancing the understanding of the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy
The Longyear Museum's mission is to advance the understanding of the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer, founder and leader of Christian Science. The Museum contains documents pertaining to her life and the lives of Christian Scientists who assisted her in establishing this worldwide religion. Longyear Museum was founded by philanthropist Mary Beecher Longyear to provide future generations with documentary evidence and facts about Mrs. Eddy and the early history of the Christian Science religion. In 1937, the Museum opened in Mrs. Longyear's former home in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Museum moved to its present location in nearby Chestnut Hill in 1999; the new exhibit halls were opened to the public in 2001.
Founded
1952
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Large
Promoting and cultivating the practice and appreciation of all branches of the fine arts
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) was established in 1914 by prominent artists Charles Hawthorne, Oscar Gieberich, William Halsall, Gerrit Beneker, E. Ambrose Webster and several local business men and women. We promote and cultivate the practice and appreciation of all branches of the fine arts, to assemble and maintain in the town of Provincetown and environs a collection of works of art of merit, to hold exhibitions, and by forums, concerts and similar activities to promote education of the public in the arts and social intercourse between artists and laymen.
Founded
1956
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Medium
Producing plays with distinction and verve
The mission of the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) is to produce classic and new plays with distinction and verve, provide a training program in which emerging theater talents collaborate with accomplished mentors in a vital, professional and educational atmosphere; and create and present programs that have the potential to serve and engage a diverse community. Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, WTF is a celebration of theater that brings together a vast and impressive array of artists and offers audiences varied cultural experiences. Every summer, WTF presents classic and new plays on its Main, Nikos and Center Stages, Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabaret, and readings, workshops, and other special events including a program for youngsters in North Adams called the Greylock Theatre Project.
Founded
1953
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Giant
Opening doorways to the past
Historic Deerfield is a museum of early American history, architecture, and the decorative arts that recognizes a particular responsibility for preserving and interpreting the buildings entrusted to it, their unique setting in the Town of Deerfield, and the collections in those buildings. To this end it maintains and operates the buildings as exhibition areas open to the public; conducts a broad range of educational programs; refines and adds to its collections; and promotes continuing research in its museum and library collections and in the history of the Connecticut valley.
Founded
1987
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Medium
Stories of the past, visions of the future
Founded in 1960, the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) tells America's story through the art, history, and science of our textiles. ATHM houses one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Its collections contain thousands of books, trade catalogs, business records and personal papers, prints and photographs, a growing costume collection, millions of textiles samples, and hundreds of machines used in textile manufacture.
Founded
1964
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Large
Bringing new levels of excellence to the art of ballet through performance, training, education, and community outreach
Boston Ballet, founded in 1963 by E. Virginia Williams, was the first professional repertory ballet company in New England. Boston Ballet, a professional dance company and the region's second-largest performing arts organization, is dedicated to the highest standards of dance performance, training, and education. The Company presents fully staged classical and contemporary works each season. Performances reach a broadly inclusive audience of over 150,000 from throughout the state and region, and support an institutional mission that values leadership, innovation, and partnership. Boston Ballet School serves an associated imperative to train dancers of all ages and provide general access to the art of dance.
Founded
1983
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Large
Preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans
The Museum of African American History is New England's largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. The mission of the Museum of African American History is to preserve and interpret the contributions of people of African descent and those who have found common cause with them in the struggle for liberty and justice for all Americans. began its first exhibitions and public gatherings in 1963. It is nationally and internationally known for its collection of historic sites in Boston and Nantucket. The Museum treasures its resources and tells remarkable and vivid historical accounts about the lives of free African Americans and white abolitionists whose efforts changed a nation.
Founded
1970
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Large
It's your BLO. You make opera happen.
The mission of Boston Lyric Opera is to build curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera, by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and educational resources, for our community and beyond. We produce opera in all forms, large to small, popular to less known, from early music to newly commissioned works.Boston Lyric Opera is New England's largest opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent. BLO produces four mainstage productions each season: three at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre in Boston and an Opera Annex production in an alternative space outside the traditional opera theatre. BLO's programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Founded
1973
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Large
The memory and educational voice of "Old Ironsides."
The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of "Old Ironsides." Founded in 1972, the private, non-profit USS Constitution Museum interprets the active duty US Navy vessel USS CONSTITUTION. Hands-on exhibits, online experiences, and amazing artifacts bring to life the stories of "Old Ironsides'' for more than 400,000 visitors each year. Visitors explore how ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances achieved remarkable success and how this undefeated wooden warship has become a national symbol. Extensive teacher resources and educational programs make history relevant for today's students. An admission by donation policy ensures all visitors access to this icon of the American experience. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the USS Constitution Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.
Founded
1974
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Tiny
Providing entertaining and educational experiences in the visual arts
Established as a grass roots organization in 1975 by a committed group of citizens, the Danforth Museum of Art, now called Danforth Art, has grown to become a vital cultural resource. Danforth Art provides visitors with entertaining and educational experiences in the visual arts and educates the public through its collection of American art, changing exhibits of contemporary artists, classes and workshops in the School, and a variety of community outreach programs. Danforth Art envisions its future as a nationally recognized leader among community museums and art education centers, with an outstanding collection of American art, as well as exhibitions and programs that engage, inspire and transform the lives of children and adults.
Founded
1976
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Giant
Cultivating and promoting the arts in New England and beyond
NEFA's mission is to build connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world.
Founded
1979
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Large
Open new worlds
Founded in 1978, Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance and harmony; a company that performs as the Elizabethans did -- in love with poetry, physical prowess and the mysteries of the universe. With a core of over 150 artists, the company performs Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors and designers of all races, nationalities and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company provides original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. Shakespeare & Company also develops and produces new plays of social and political significance. Shakespeare & Company's education programs inspire a new generation of students and scholars to discover the resonance of Shakespeare's truths in the everyday world, demonstrating the influence that classical theatre can have within a community.
Founded
1979
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Tiny
Passionate music making without boundaries
The Boston Philharmonic message rings loud and clear- music making is a privilege and a joy, and above all, a collaborative adventure. The orchestra's season includes performances at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University and often Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. The musicians represent the original spirited blend, and account for the passion, high level of participation, and technical accomplishment for which this ensemble is celebrated. The professionals maintain the highest standard, the students keep the focus on training and education, and the gifted amateurs-including doctors, lawyers, teachers, and computer programmers-remind everybody that music-making is an expression of enthusiasm and love.
Founded
1980
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Giant
Rescuing books, inspiring readers
The Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to recover Yiddish books and other Jewish treasures and to advance understanding of the history, literature and culture they represent. Our major initiatives include onsite and online education; an online library to make Yiddish books, audio and video freely available to all; and publications and outreach, including a visitors center, exhibitions, public programs, translation, oral history, an English-language magazine, social media and campus events.
Founded
1994
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Giant
Helping classrooms and communities worldwide link the past to moral choices today
Founded in 1976, Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other instances of collective violence, students learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with ethical participation, myth and misinformation with knowledge. Facing History and Ourselves has offered in-depth professional development services; curricular resources; and ongoing support to educators and students in the areas of history, social studies, and language arts. We are dedicated to helping teachers around the world lead their students in a critical examination of history, with particular focus on genocide and mass violence.
Founded
1983
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Tiny
Nurturing Artistic Excellence. Building Self-Esteem. Teaching Life-Long Skills.
The Freelance Players uses theater to foster imagination, self expression, mutual respect, and confidence in young people. Freelance promotes community by building bridges across ethnic, geographic and socio-economic boundaries in greater Boston. Freelance engages youth in the creation and performance of original musical theater for audiences of all ages. The Freelance Players' company Urban Improv is a violence prevention program for young people that uses structured theater improvisation to teach decision making, impulse control, and values clarification. Urban Improv provides interactive workshops that challenge students to deal creatively with major issues in their lives.
Founded
1988
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Tiny
Pursuing beauty, truth, and faith in the arts
Gloriæ Dei Artes Foundation is dedicated to the pursuit of beauty, truth, and faith, in the Arts - sharing inspiration and education with people across many nationalities, cultures, and traditions.
Founded
1989
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Worcester's Community Music School
Joy of Music Program (JOMP) was founded in 1989 to help young children develop a life-long relationship with music, by giving them a joyful and solid musical foundation on which to build in a non-competitive environment. The school's offerings include private instrumental lessons, an exciting choice of classes, highly-regarded jazz and classical ensemble programs, and a vibrant Youth Orchestra and Sinfonietta. Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for many years, you will experience a musical kinship and spirit of community at JOMP that is affirming and energizing.
Founded
1996
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Creative Jobs for Creative Youth
Artists For Humanity's (AFH) mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. AFH tackles the myriad of problems youth face today with tremendous impact. We celebrate the talents and wonderful energy of young people by giving them hands-on experiences in creativity, business, teamwork, and self-governance. Participants learn the techniques and tools of professional artists and the business world while engaging in education, employment, artistic exploration, and entrepreneurial experience. This produces life-transforming change for youth and for their communities.
Founded
1993
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Journey through a world of art and culture
Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is America's oldest continuously operating museum. The mission of the PEM is to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding, and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind, and stimulate the senses. Through its exhibitions, programs, publications, media, and related activities, PEM strives to create experiences that transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM's collections - many ranking among the finest of their kind - include 854,000 works of art and culture. Peabody Essex collections also encompass twenty-two historic buildings, including Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house located outside China.
Founded
1996
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Sharing stories. Inspiring lives.
Founded in 1995, the Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) is a national non-profit devoted to making known the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America and beyond. JWA's mission is to document Jewish women's stories, elevate their voices, and inspire them to be agents of change. JWA is committed to enriching the way we understand the past and ensuring a more inclusive future. At JWA you'll find the world's largest repository of material about and voices of Jewish women, both celebrated and unheralded.
Founded
1998
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To change lives, one story at a time.
Founded in 1997 by Brooke Ciardelli, Northern Stage has since become the preeminent year-round theater company in the region, offering professional productions of world premiers, classics, and musicals. In 2013, the Board of Directors engaged a new leadership team to galvanize Northern Stage for its next stage of evolution. Led by Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne and Managing Director Eric Bunge, this new team has illuminated Northern Stage's impact on its community with a firm commitment to intimate engagement. Now, more than 30,000 audience members walk through our doors each season, and each year, more than 2,000 students of all ages feed their hunger for knowledge and art in our Education Programs. Through its work on stage and off, Northern Stage reinvigorates the members of our community by reconnecting them with the limitless imagination of their inner child; it provokes the next generation of entrepreneurs, astrophysicists, trombone virtuosos, algebra teachers, heart surgeons, and magicians to think creatively about problems and their solutions; we forge profound connections between our theater patrons, their community, and their fellow human beings; and it cultivates audience members who will continue to be arts patrons for years to come. Most importantly, Northern Stage aims to inspire those who engage with us to effect positive and creative change in their communities.
Founded
1999
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Bringing together innovative performers and composers representing traditions from around the world.
Yo-Yo Ma founded the nonprofit organization Silkroad in 1998. The Silk Road Ensemble was formed in 2000 as a way of bringing together innovative performers and composers representing traditions from around the world. Silkroad is a collective of rooted explorers, inclusive independents, storytelling musicians, passionate learners, connected nomads, and cultural entrepreneurs. We believe that exploring our differences enriches our humanity. We seek the edge where education, business, and the arts come together to spark new ways of looking at the world. We strive to create unexpected connections, collaborations, and communities in pursuit of meaningful change.
Founded
1999
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Keeping the Arts in Boston Arts Academy!
The Boston Arts Academy Foundation is dedicated to raising funds in support of Boston Arts Academy, Boston's only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Founded in 1998, Boston Arts Academy (BAA) provides Boston's low-income students with access to a quality arts and academic education not otherwise available to them. The school's mission is to prepare a diverse community of aspiring artist-scholars to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of a democratic society. Our academic-blind admissions process ensures that students of all levels of academic ability have the opportunity to pursue their passion for the arts. Over 60% of the school's 440 students are from low-income households. Through the arts, coupled with a full-college preparatory education, an average of 94% of BAA graduates are accepted to college -- many being the first in their families to reach this milestone.
Founded
2000
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Thought-provoking programming year round
Founded in 1999, The Mission of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) is to present professional quality theater to its audiences; to provide an alternative theater experience not found elsewhere in the region; to advance and preserve the art of the theater for the education and appreciation of the public. We host films and panel discussions in partnership with Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, WCAI, SPAT, CCI, Journey Forward and others.
Founded
2001
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Inspiring a love of art and reading
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, Massachusetts, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.
Founded
2002
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Great kids. Great music. Hope for the future.
From the Top is America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and YouTube broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, we empower these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.Our classically-trained musicians, ages 8­­-18, astonish audiences with their skill and talent. Their hard work, dedication, and passion make them role models for their peers (and adults, too!). Yet, when they tell us about their lives outside of music, we are reminded that they are typical kids and teenagers, with normal worries and big dreams. In this winning combination we see a bright future, filled with the joy and hope that music offers to the world.
Founded
2002
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Motion picture theater and film education center
Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) is a motion picture theater and film education center. BMFI is dedicated to promoting shared experiences that entertain, engage, and educate audiences through a diverse range of independent-minded films, a full curriculum of courses, and an extensive program of special events. BMFI builds community through film culture, while maintaining strong connections to its historic venue's cinematic past.
Founded
2002
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The Museum of Diversity & Tolerance
The Mission of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is to introduce visitors to the beauty and diversity of that heritage in the context of the American experience. It promotes an understanding of Jewish history, religion, and culture and builds bridges of tolerance and understanding with those of other religions, races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds, serving as an educational resource for Northeast Ohio's Jewish and general communities.
Founded
1943
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A world renowned international dance festival
The mission of Jacob's Pillow Dance is to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation, and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance. Founded by dance legend Ted Shawn in 1933, the Pillow is home to a world renowned international dance Festival that presents dance annually on three unique stages. The Pillow also supports artists as they create new work through commissions and Creative Development Residencies. The School at Jacob's Pillow encompasses a professional advancement program for dancers and choreographers as well as an Intern Program that trains young professionals in all areas of production and arts administration. Jacob's Pillow is the first and only dance entity in the United States to be declared a National Historic Landmark for the significance of its contribution to America's culture.
Founded
1934
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Giant
Preserving and interpreting the history of Nantucket Island
The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) tells the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.
Founded
1938
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Keeping alumni of Harvard University connected to the University and to each other
Founded in 1898 by Harvard University alumni, the mission of Harvard Magazine is to keep alumni of Harvard University connected to the university and to each other. Harvard Magazine is an independently edited and separately incorporated affiliate of Harvard University. It is the only publication covering the entire University and also regularly distributed to all graduates, faculty and staff. The affiliation with the University gives Harvard Magazine the insider's point of view; our editorial independence means that we cover the University and its alumni with editorial objectivity and integrity. We try to bring the most interesting research and thinking being done at Harvard to our readers, connecting them with an intellectual experience, and raising contemporary social and political issues and reflecting upon them.
Founded
1959
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Promoting and preserving the game of basketball at every level
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level - professional, collegiate, men and women. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to honor and celebrate basketball's greatest moments and people. This is accomplished through the integrity of the Hall of Fame election process, educational and outreach initiatives, a sports museum, traveling exhibits, and worldwide events.
Founded
1941
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Bringing art to life in Rhode Island
The Newport Art Museum & Art Association educates and inspires a diverse audience by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting historic and contemporary visual arts of the highest quality with an emphasis on the rich heritage of the Newport region, and integrates appreciation for the arts and art-making into all its programs. For more than 100 years, we have served Rhode Island and regional communities as a cultural gathering place with a reputation for inclusiveness, professionalism, high-quality exhibitions and programming, and dedication to individual growth and learning.
Founded
1952
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Great music performance and education
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School seeks to enrich and transform Rhode Island and our region through great music performance and education. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School is truly one of the cultural jewels of Southeastern New England. As a non-profit arts and education organization, we are committed to providing the community with access to exceptional classical music and music instruction.
Founded
2000
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One of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era.
Since assuming stewardship responsibility for Blithewold in 1999, Blithewold, Inc. has concentrated on rebuilding a broad base of support for the property in the community and amongst horticultural enthusiasts to preserve New England's finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring – and unique to Blithewold.
Founded
1949
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Connecticut's orchestra
Founded in 1934, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is Connecticut's premier musical organization. Widely recognized as one of America's leading regional orchestras, the HSO believes passionately in the performance of live symphonic music and its value in the community. The mission of the HSO is to perform live orchestral music of the highest quality for ever-expanding audiences, and to increase through its educational programs the understanding and enjoyment of that music by residents in Connecticut. Every year, the HSO presents more than 100 concerts; plays to audiences of approximately 160,000; reaches thousands through its broadcast concerts on Connecticut Public Radio; and serves more than 64,000 individuals through its Musical Pathways educational activities.
Founded
1942
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America's oldest public art museum
Established in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum is America's oldest public art museum. It was the first American museum to acquire works by Caravaggio, Frederic Church, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Balthus, Joseph Cornell, and many others. Today our Hudson River School landscapes, Old Master paintings, modernist masterpieces, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, early American furniture and decorative arts, and MATRIX contemporary art shows are world-renowned. The Wadsworth presents more than 15 special shows each year. Many are inspired by masterworks in the museum's holdings, while others are solo shows by emerging artists.
Founded
1938
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The museum of America and the sea
Mystic Seaport was originally established as the Marine Historical Association in 1929 to create a dynamic, educational institution to preserve America's maritime culture and turn the achievements of a past era into an inspirational force for the future. Mystic Seaport has amassed the world's largest collections of maritime photography (over one million images) and boats (nearly 500), and has collected two million other maritime artifacts. Widely recognized as the nation's leading maritime museum, today Mystic Seaport is making the history of America's relationship with the sea even more accessible to all-new audiences. More than 300,000 people visit Mystic Seaport annually.
Founded
1934
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Connecticut's premier performing arts center
As Connecticut's premier presenter of the performing arts, The Bushnell has delighted and inspired audiences for more than seven decades and plays a leading role in the state's cultural life. Renowned for community programs as well as being a leading educator and advocate of the arts, The Bushnell presents major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, travel films and children's theater, and in 2001 began presenting off-Broadway, jazz, blues, cabaret and comedy performances as well as concerts and world music events. The Bushnell is an active supporter of Hartford's diverse performing arts and community organizations. The theater serves as the performance home of Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Opera and The Connecticut Forum.
Founded
1938
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Fostering an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain
The mission of the Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation's defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. The Mark Twain House & Museum offers a wide range of educational programs including lectures by major authors and artists, symposia, dramatic performances, concerts and family friendly activities. Open year round for guided tours, The Mark Twain House attracts more than 60,000 visitors a year and is one of the premier tourist attractions in Connecticut. The Mark Twain House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963.
Founded
1964
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Be more inspired
Connecticut Public Broadcasting is the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). CPTV is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming. WNPR offers news, information and entertainment programming available to listeners both on the radio and online. We work to add value to people's lives through programs and services that inform, educate, entertain and inspire our audiences. Connecticut Public Broadcasting has grown from a single station with one videotape machine to a statewide, community-supported network with four television stations, four radio stations and one cable network.
Founded
1947
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History Moving Forward
Founded in 1936 as the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, we are a state-wide network of twelve significant historic properties that span three centuries of New England history. Our museums are starting points, "landmarks in every sense," for deeper exploration and greater appreciation of the Connecticut experience. We have something for everyone: from captivating house tours to lovely historic gardens, history celebrations and remarkable collections of art and antiques. Our real-life stories, as told through our collections, make history matter. Connecticut Landmarks, connects you to Connecticut's past - one great place at a time.
Founded
1964
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One of the leading resident theatres in the nation
Founded in 1963, Hartford Stage is one of the leading resident theatres in the nation, known internationally for entertaining and enlightening audiences with a wide range of the best of world drama, from classics to provocative new plays and musicals and neglected works from the past. Over 260 new productions have been seen at Hartford Stage. The theatre's reputation extends beyond Hartford across Connecticut, the nation and the world. From its inception, Hartford Stage has maintained a strong commitment to community partnerships, educational programs and humanities initiatives. The theatre's two highly successful education programs, Interact and Connections, reach Connecticut students from elementary through high school.
Founded
1976
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Preserving our modern dance heritage.
Since 1934, the American Dance Festival (ADF) has remained committed to serving the needs of dance, dancers, choreographers, and professionals in dance-related fields. Remaining true to the goals of its founding artists, ADF's programs are developed based on its mission: to encourage and support the creation and presentation of new modern dance work by both established and emerging choreographers, to preserve our modern dance heritage through continued presentation of classic works as well as through archival efforts, to build wider national and international audiences for modern dance, to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its cultural and historical significance, to provide a sound scientific and aesthetic base for professional education and training of young dancers, and to maintain a forum for integrating and disseminating information on dance education.
Founded
1982
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Connecticut's regional arts center for exciting entertainment
The Stamford Center for the Arts (SCA) is Connecticut's regional arts center for exciting entertainment that enhances and enriches the cultural, economic and social life of the community. SCA stages a series of live theatrical productions throughout the season to encourage, promote and foster a broad variety of cultural, educational, and entertainment events for the regional community. Last season alone, SCA hosted more than 500 events, of which we presented 200 stage performances, and attracted more than 250,000 patrons to downtown Stamford. SCA's outreach program involves people of different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds in cultural programs, providing opportunities to experience first hand the excitement of the performing arts by attending productions and jazz camp.
Founded
1981
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Enhancing the quality of community life for all ages
The Warner Theatre was built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace. Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round and serves nearly 100,000 patrons with 165+ public performances annually. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region.
Founded
1996
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Serving all people by pursuing excellence in art through collections, exhibitions, and education
The New Britain Museum of American Art's founding in 1903 entitles the institution to be designated the first museum of strictly American art in the country. The New Britain Museum of American Art is dedicated to serving all people by pursuing excellence in art through collections, exhibitions, and education. With particular strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and the Ash Can School, not to mention the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton, the museum relies heavily on its permanent collection for exhibitions and programming, yet also displays a significant number of borrowed shows and work by emerging artists. The singular focus on American art and its panoramic view of American artistic achievement make the New Britain Museum of American Art a significant teaching resource available to the local, regional, and national public.
Founded
1996
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Tiny
Creating an internationally renowned festival in New Haven
The mission of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven of the highest quality with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience celebrating and building community and advancing economic development. The Festival plays a vital role in enriching lives in New Haven and throughout Connecticut by embracing diversity and leading people to understand how their futures are entwined. Arts residencies are created in schools and community centers throughout New Haven to introduce a diverse audience to the arts. Every summer, international artists teach young students of music, theater and the arts. The Festival attracts a strong local and regional audience, attendees from all 50 states, and a growing number of international visitors from dozens of countries.
Founded
1998
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Inspiring young people across the state through the game of golf!
Founded in 1997, The First Tee of Connecticut's mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. The First Tee of Connecticut is an initiative of the Connecticut Golf Foundation which was created to expose golf to underprivileged youth who might not normally have access to the game. Each year, The First Tee of Connecticut reaches thousands of youth through a variety of ways including In-School and National School Programs, Group Lessons, Squads, On-Course Team Programs and Summer Camps.
Founded
1999
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A national organization supporting artists
The National Performance Network (NPN) is a national organization supporting artists in the creation and touring of contemporary performing and visual arts. NPN is a group of diverse cultural organizers, including artists, working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the arts in the United States. The NPN has brought innovative performing artists to all corners of the United States for more than 25 years. Begun in 1985 by David White at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, NPN was founded to address the issues of artistic isolation and the economic constraints of moving art around the country and the sharing of artistic and community voices.
Founded
2001
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Tiny
Promoting fairness. Ensuring accuracy. Effecting change.
Established in the US in 2001, HonestReporting monitors the media, exposes cases of bias, promotes balance, and effects change through education and action to ensure Israel is represented fairly and accurately in the battle for public opinion. When media bias occurs, our worldwide base of subscribers takes action by contacting news agencies, drawing issues of bias to their attention, and requesting changes. The work of HonestReporting and MediaCentral (a project of HonestReporting) yields results. Since 2000, the organization prompted hundreds of apologies, retractions, and revisions from news outlets. These efforts are changing the face of the media and reporting of Israel throughout the world. As an organization dedicated to defending Israel against prejudice in the media, we aim to provide educational tools and resources to anyone wishing to advocate for Israel.
Founded
2002
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Bringing the world to our stages
Founded in 1969, CAPA New Haven (Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts) brings the world to our stages, enriches lives and creates community through its mission to: present and produce artistic programming of the highest quality to serve and educate diverse audiences and feature renowned artists of all cultures; operate and maintain world-class performance venues; strengthen our arts communities by providing facilities for resident companies and through partnership and collaboration, support those organizations; and bolster the economies of the downtown communities we serve. CAPA programming includes jazz, world music, folk, country, classical music, comedy, dance, classic films, theater, and family entertainment.
Founded
1934
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A museum, education center, library, and research center
A private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is the state's official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. Located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, the CHS houses a museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center that are open to the public and funded by private contributions. The CHS's collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials accessible at our campus and on loan at other organizations.The CHS collection, programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities, and make informed decisions based on our past and present.
Founded
1965
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A leader in American professional theater
Long Wharf Theatre (LWT), founded in 1965, is recognized as a leader in American theater, producing fresh and imaginative revivals of classics and modern plays, rediscoveries of neglected works and a variety of world and American premieres. More than 30 Long Wharf productions have transferred virtually intact to Broadway or off-Broadway. Long Wharf Theatre is dedicated to cultivating audiences that reflect the state of Connecticut and the diversity of its cities as well as its rural and suburban areas, and serving as a forum for the examination of historical and current issues through humanities programming. LWT serves an audience of over 60,000 annually, including over 5,000 students through its education programs.
Founded
1967
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Tiny
Fulfilling its mission through passionate, professional performances
The Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation of classical music among all populations of Stamford and its neighboring communities. It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives.
Founded
1934
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Making the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach. BHS's Othmer Library and Archives houses the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn's history and culture in the world. Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today's diverse communities, and for generations to come.
Founded
1935
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Bridging the world's artistic heritage and the experience of each visitor
The Brooklyn Museum acts as a bridge between the rich artistic heritage of world cultures, as embodied in its collections, and the unique experience of each visitor. Dedicated to the primacy of the visitor experience, committed to excellence in every aspect of its collections and programs, and drawing on both new and traditional tools of communication, interpretation, and presentation, the Museum aims to serve its diverse public as a dynamic, innovative, and welcoming center for learning through the visual arts. One of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collections include more than one million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, representing almost every culture in the world.
Founded
1959
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Art. Illuminated
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island's East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, the presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.
Founded
1964
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Giant
New York City's hands-on science and technology center
Built initially as a pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair, the New York Hall of Science is now New York City's hands-on science and technology center. Since 1986, the Hall has served more than five million children, parents, and teachers. The mission of the Hall is to convey the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, teachers and others by galvanizing their curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn. The Hall features the largest collection of hands-on science exhibits in New York City. Visitors of all ages can explore over 400 interactive exhibits.
Founded
1982
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Medium
Making Chinese American history accessible to the general public
Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. MOCA promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. Central to its mission is its goal to make Chinese American history accessible to the general public, ranging from scholars to young children, from community members to international tourists. Through its thought-provoking work, MOCA not only encourages the understanding and appreciation of Chinese American arts, culture and history, but also informs, educates and engages visitors about Chinese American history that is in the making.
Founded
1985
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Medium
Exploring the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television and video
Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts; screening significant films and other moving-image works; presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences; and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public. Museum of the Moving Image has begun a major expansion and renovation of its existing Astoria home. This major undertaking includes a new three-story addition and the complete renovation of the Museum's first floor. When it is completed in 2010, the new Museum building will be ideal for showcasing the moving image in all its forms.
Founded
1994
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Medium
Fostering a deeper understanding of art and culture
The Nassau County Museum of Art is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of art and culture through exhibition and education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. In practice, the Museum pursues the mission by enhancing its permanent collections, sculpture park, historic property and natural setting. Nassau County Museum of Art annually presents major rotating exhibitions, many of which are original to the museum and are organized by the museum's own curatorial staff.
Founded
1990
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Play, learn, and have fun
Long Island Children's Museum (LICM) invites visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to explore freely, discover their passions, and appreciate the communities and world we share. First opened in 1993, LICM now serves more than 265,000 children and adults annually across the metropolitan region and is Long Island's most well-attended museum. It is home to 14 hands-on, interactive exhibit galleries, a 145-seat state-of-the-art theater and three classroom-size learning studios. Indoor and outdoor gallery spaces are interdisciplinary, age-appropriate, and intergenerational, fostering both independent and cooperative exploration, and encouraging concept development and skills building.
Founded
1993
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Small
Enriching the lives of students and the community
Founded in 1992, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (BYCA) offers exceptional music training and choral performances to enrich the lives of its students and community. Through music study and professional-level performing experiences, BYCA unites children of diverse backgrounds and helps them develop into confident and expressive musicians and individuals. BYCA strives to advance the artistic role of youth choruses through innovative concert programming, collaborations, and the commissioning of new choral repertoire. BYCA currently serves more than 450 students in its own building at Cobble Hill and at its Bedford-Stuyvesant Music Annex.
Founded
1995
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Welcoming young musicians into a richly supportive music community
Founded in 1993, the Perlman Music Program (PMP) welcomes young musicians of rare and special talent into a richly supportive musical community. Through intensive summer programs, year-round mentoring, and on occasion, an international study or performance tour, the program offers unparalleled musical training for students, ages 12 to 30, who play the violin, viola, cello, bass and piano. With a faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the Program offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students' lives forever. PMP seeks to ensure that the very best musicians can take advantage of this opportunity, regardless of their economic background or financial means.
Founded
1998
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Where learning begins with play…
Children's Museum of the East End opened its current home in Bridgehampton in October 2005. With over 7,000 square feet of exhibition and program space designed by Lee Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, CMEE soon became one of the most visited museums in Eastern Long Island. CMEE upholds its mission “to spark imagination and foster learning for children of all backgrounds and abilities and to build strong connections within the East End community by providing playful experiences” by presenting educational exhibits and programs and by partnering with other arts and social service organizations to address issues that concern families in the community.
Founded
2001
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When seconds count... United Hatzalah is there
Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel's mission is to support the lifesaving efforts of United Hatzalah of Israel, the fastest emergency medical first response throughout Israel. Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel provides financial support, supplies and medical equipment to first responders. The organization strives to develop ways to reduce emergency response time to reach medical events.
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1946
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Committed to the vitality of the new music community
Formed by the merger of the American Music Center and Meet the Composer, New Music USA provides over $1 million each year in grant support for the creation and performance of new work and community building throughout the country. The voice of the new music community is amplified through the website NewMusicBox, profiling the people and ideas that energize and challenge music makers today. In addition, a wide-ranging catalog of new music is streamed around the clock on Counterstream Radio and an online library is provided for composers to feature their own music.
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1942
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The official training academy of the New York City Ballet
The School of American Ballet (SAB), the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein as the first and most essential step in their quest to create an American classical ballet company. SAB, located at New York City's Lincoln Center, is today the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB's former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies.
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1946
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Celebrating singing and the art of musical storytelling.
MasterVoices is a New York City-based performing arts organization that celebrates singing and the art of musical storytelling. Founded as The Collegiate Chorale almost 75 years ago by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, the organization is one of the jewels of NYC cultural institutions, and has achieved international acclaim as well. On the eve of our 75th Anniversary, we take the new name MasterVoices to better represent who we are: the combined voices of singing artists, both professional and avocational, with those of composers, librettists, designers and directors, to provide masterful performances of music in many genres.
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1994
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5,000 years of art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) was founded in 1870, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in New York City a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction. The Met has since become the preeminent cultural institution in the Western Hemisphere, serving a public that extends far beyond New York City to all the United States and the world. As New York's premier tourist attraction, with nearly 4.7 million annual out of town visitors, the Museum serves all ages, from pre-school to senior citizens, and maintains a broad range of community and educational programs.
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1942
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Exploring the past, present and future of New York City
Founded in 1923, the Museum of the City of New York explores the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrate its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. To that end, the Museum presents a variety of exhibitions, public programs, and publications, all investigating what gives New York its singular character. Our collection of over 1.5 million objects and images includes items of decorative art; photography, prints and drawings; a theater and Broadway collection; a toy collection; fashion, costumes and textiles; and paintings and sculptures.
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1937
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Exploring the richness of French and Francophone language and culture
FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.
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1952
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Encouraging an ever deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art
Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. Central to MoMA's mission is the encouragement of an ever deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves. MoMA manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection that reflects the vitality, complexity, and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art; by presenting exhibitions and educational programs of significance; by sustaining a library, archives, and conservation laboratory as international centers of research; and by supporting scholarship and publications of intellectual merit.
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1938
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Making history matter
The New-York Historical Society is dedicated to exploring the connections between the events of the past and our lives today. Founded in 1804, its programs examine the richly layered history of New York City and State and the nation, fulfilling its dual role as a public educational center and scholarly institution. It holds one of the country's greatest collections of American art and historical artifacts, and one of the most comprehensive independent research libraries in the country.
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1951
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Building a better Israel through the arts
Founded in 1939, The America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) supports and develops artistic life in Israel by awarding scholarships and grants. By encouraging Israeli artists and supporting institutions and programs, AICF makes a vital contribution to the cultural foundation of Israel and strengthens her relationship with America. AICF has supported nearly 18,000 emerging artists and 600 cultural institutions in Israel. As a successful and dedicated 76-year-old charity, our work is recognized as the standard of artistic excellence in Israel. Our success is evidenced by the increasing talent and depth of Israel culture recognized globally.AICF alumni are represented in over 45 internationally known ballet and modern dance companies; as scriptwriters, actors, and producers for award-winning television series, blockbuster movies, and indie films; and appear on the most important operatic, theatrical, and symphonic stages in the world.
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1928
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Maintaining and fostering interest and enjoyment of music
Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. The Orchestra currently plays some 180 concerts a year. On December 18, 2004, the Philharmonic gave its 14,000th concert - a milestone unmatched by any other orchestra in the world. Since its inception, the Orchestra has championed the new music of its time, giving the first performances of many important works. This pioneering tradition has continued to the present day, with works of major contemporary composers regularly scheduled each season. A longtime media pioneer, the Philharmonic has a long history of broadcasting on radio and television. More recently, the Philharmonic became the first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts, recorded live, and released by DG Concerts exclusively on iTunes.
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1952
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Bringing the people of the United States and Japan closer together
Established in 1907, New York's Japan Society is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education. Japan Society is an American nonprofit organization supported by individuals, foundations and corporations that brings the people of Japan and the United States closer together through mutual understanding, appreciation and cooperation.
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1938
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Enriching people's lives through the magic and artistry of opera
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Metropolitan Opera Guild is the world's premier arts education organization dedicated to enriching people's lives through the magic and artistry of opera. The Guild offers a wide array of educational programs designed for both schools and adult learners in the community, that teach elements of music, history, production and culture. The Guild fosters collaboration, literacy skills, and self-confidence in children with customized education programs integrated into the curriculum of their schools, and builds a deeper appreciation of opera in adults through workshops, community programs, and by publishing Opera News, the world's leading opera magazine. Through our unique relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, the Guild offers newcomers to opera and its most ardent fans access to the artistry, splendor and resources of one of the world's most renowned performing arts companies, allowing for many unique programs and events that offer professional and personal growth and learning opportunities through opera.
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1953
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Arts for learning
Founded in 1952, Young Audiences (YA) works to help make the arts an essential part of young people's education. YA advances the artistic and educational development of youngsters by bringing them together with professional artists of all disciplines to learn, create and participate in the arts. This year, YA's network of 30 affiliates and 4,600 artists reached seven million children in nearly 7,000 schools with 16,300 performance demonstrations, 60,000 workshops and 3,240 teacher services. YA and its affiliates are engaged in several network projects, including Arts for Learning Lessons, MetLife Dance for Life, and Arts for Learning Interactive Media.
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1936
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Collecting, exhibiting, preserving, researching and interpreting American art
As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection - arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world - is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.
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1956
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Developing an American theater that is accessible and relevant to all people
As the nation's foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to achieving artistic excellence while developing an American theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays, musicals and innovative stagings of the classics. The Public's mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day on stage and through its extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe's Pub, Shakespeare in Central Park and Joe's Pub in the Park.
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1963
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The world's leading performing arts center
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, international leader in arts and education, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of over 400 events annually, LCPA complements the offerings of the 11 other Lincoln Center resident organizations through a variety of popular series. Live From Lincoln Center extends the reach of Lincoln Center's stages to millions of Americans across the country. As an international leader in arts and education, LCPA takes a wide range of activities beyond its halls through its educational cornerstone, Lincoln Center Institute, as well as offering arts-related symposia; family programming; accessibility; and other community initiatives.
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1959
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To discover, nurture and promote young musicians
Concert Artists Guild's mission is to discover, nurture and promote young musicians. CAG helps talented artists, identified through its annual international competition, to build sustainable careers. CAG provides support during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career. CAG offers comprehensive management services including concert bookings, tour management, marketing and publicity support, as well as recording and commissioning opportunities.
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1936
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Serving poets and poetry since 1934
The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. To fulfill this mission, the Academy administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s; and Poets.org, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a million unique users each month. In addition, the Academy administers the most important collection of poetry awards in the United States.
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1947
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America's national ballet company
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so. It has also made more than 15 international tours to 42 countries as perhaps the most representative American ballet company and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements.
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1958
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On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Since 1917, the American Theatre Wing has been tirelessly committed to championing and honoring American Theatre. By creating the Tony Awards®, developing educational programs and through distributing thousands of dollars of grants and awards each year, the American Theatre Wing is dedicated to preserving the past, celebrating the present, and fostering the future of American theatre nationwide.
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1963
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The future of music
Young Concert Artists (YCA) is a professional organization founded in 1961 to discover and launch the careers of exceptional, but unknown, young musicians from all over the world. YCA does everything possible to open the doors to the international concert world by providing management services, important debuts and performing experience at no cost to the artists. We present the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, at Zankel Hall at Carnegie with special events at Lincoln Center, and in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center; educate and build new audiences through our Educational Residency Program; and promote the creation and performance of new works through our Composer Program.
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1964
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Discover. Exceptional. Music.
The American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) was founded in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski. Under the music direction of Leon Botstein since 1992, the American Symphony has pioneered the performance of thematically organized concerts, linking music to the visual arts, literature, politics, and history. In addition, the American Symphony Orchestra performs in a lecture/concert series with audience interaction called Classics Declassified at Peter Norton Symphony Space. It is also the resident orchestra of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it performs an annual concert series as well as in Bard's annual SummerScape Festival and the Bard Music Festival. ASO maintains an award-winning music education program which is presented at numerous high schools through New York, New Jersey, and Long Island.
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1999
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Artists for artists
Since its inception in 1963, the mission of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has been to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations. Its legacy continues today with unrestricted, by-nomination grants supporting pioneering work across the fields of dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. A fund is also maintained to assist artists with emergencies and unexpected opportunities related to their work. To date, over 900 artists have made these grants possible by contributing paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs to fourteen fund-raising exhibitions held over the years.
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1964
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Dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and studying traditional and contemporary folk art
The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present.
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1964
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Where arts education meets performance in New York City
The Kaufman Music Center has roots dating back to 1952 when the Lucy Moses School was founded. The Kaufman Music Center brings together music education and performance for students and audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, combining the finest music education for children and adults with boldly innovative yet intimate concert experiences spanning a wide range of music. All three of the Kaufman Music Center's divisions - Merkin Concert Hall, Lucy Moses School and Special Music School - are housed in the Goodman House on West 67th Street in Manhattan. Today, more than 75,000 music and arts lovers use the Goodman House annually.
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1965
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Saving the world's most treasured places
The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading private organization dedicated to saving the world's most treasured places. For over 40 years, working in more than 90 countries, our highly skilled experts have applied proven and effective techniques to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites around the globe. Through partnerships with local communities, funders, and governments, we inspire an enduring commitment to stewardship for future generations. Headquartered in New York, WMF has offices and affiliates worldwide. Nearly 90% of the revenue raised by the World Monuments Fund goes directly toward preservation projects, fieldwork, advocacy, and educational programs. Every two years, WMF issues the World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites, a global call to action on behalf of sites in need of immediate intervention.
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1968
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Furthering the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (AADF) is the umbrella organization that supports the activities of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and The Ailey Extension. AADF's mission is to further the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey by establishing an extended cultural community which provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. This performing arts community plays a crucial social role using the beauty and humanity of the African American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages and backgrounds.
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1967
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The Nexus for Artists of African Descent
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. The Museum's permanent collection includes nearly two thousand paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings, pastels, prints, photographs, mixed-media works and installations dating from the nineteenth century to the present. The Artist-in-Residence program was one of the Museum's founding initiatives, and gives the Museum the “Studio” in its name. The program has supported more than one hundred emerging artists of African or Latino descent, many of whom who have gone on to establish highly regarded careers.
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1989
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Preserving and interpreting the history of the port of New York
The South Street Seaport Museum (SSSM) preserves and interprets the history of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities. Designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum in 1998, SSSM is located in a 12 square-block historic district on the East River in Lower Manhattan, the site of the original port of New York City. The Museum is comprised of over 30,000 square feet of exhibition space and educational facilities in New York City's largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings. The Museum houses exhibition galleries, a working 19th-century print shop, an archaeology center, a maritime library, a craft center, a marine life conservation lab, and the largest privately-owned fleet of historic ships in the country.
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1969
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Stimulating and supporting the appreciation, performance and composition of chamber music
Founded in 1965, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) stimulates and supports the appreciation, performance and composition of chamber music by presenting chamber music concerts; commissioning and performing new chamber music works; sponsoring chamber music performances; sponsoring programs and activities; and acquiring and maintaining collections of material. CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music.
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1971
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Presenting live music in ways that inspire and educate audiences of all ages
The Little Orchestra Society presents live music in ways that inspire and educate audiences of all ages while creating a new model for the 21st century orchestra that emphasizes connections with the community. The Little Orchestra Society has given more than 65 premieres and launched the careers of many major musical talents in its concert programming for adult and family audiences. Founded by Thomas K. Scherman in 1947, The Little Orchestra Society is among the oldest professional orchestras in New York City. Under the direction of Dino Anagnost from 1979 to 2011, The Little Orchestra Society became particularly well known for family programs and created an array of music education and community engagement programs in the belief that access to live music should be extended to all members of the community. Led by Music Director James Judd since 2013, The Little Orchestra Society continues to advance its commitment to sharing the vitality of live classical music and building future audiences.
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1969
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Classically American
Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a "Classically American" dance company, a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers, a national and international education and community outreach program. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Now in its fifth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts.
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1983
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One of the world's most exquisite ensembles
The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation comprises the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Taylor 2 and The Taylor School. Founded in 1954, The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world's most exquisite ensembles and has performed Mr. Taylor's works in more than 520 cities in 62 countries. In 2007, the Company presented 54 performances for audiences of more than 57,000. Taylor 2 was established in 1993 to ensure that Paul Taylor's works could be seen by audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. In 2007, Taylor 2 gave 28 performances and 172 residency activities for combined audiences of 26,000. The Taylor School offers daily classes focusing on modern technique and the Taylor style, taught by current company members as well as distinguished Taylor alumni.
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1971
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The foremost dance representative of Hispanic culture in the United States
Celebrating 43 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is the nation's leading Latino dance organization. The Company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the company has performed for over three million people in 11 countries. The Ballet Hispanico School of Dance has forged a reputation among the nation's leading professional training programs, offering a balanced curriculum in classical ballet, modern and Spanish dance - a practice that is unique among America's dance training institutions. Ballet Hispanico's Education & Outreach program has afforded an innovative exploratory learning experience for 20,000 school children, teachers and parents in New York City and across the country. The arts-in-education residencies bring Latino dance and culture to public schools, enriching common core curriculum goals and supporting social and emotional development.
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1973
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Connecting Diverse Audiences to the Urban Experience
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is a contemporary art museum that connects diverse audiences to the urban experience through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, and education programs. Reflecting the borough's dynamic communities, the Museum is the crossroad where artists, local residents, national and international visitors meet. The Museum maintains a permanent collection of 20th and 21st-century works by artists of African, Asian, and Latin American ancestry. Additionally, the Museum collects works by artists for whom the Bronx has been critical to their artistic practice and development. The Museum's educational offerings spring from these central programs with outreach to children and families as well as adult audiences.
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1973
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Fostering diverse viewpoints
Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) is a media arts center that fosters diverse viewpoints by providing professional training, state-of-the-industry resources, and by creating outstanding documentary productions, with the belief that diversity of expression strengthens our democracy and enhances civil society. Founded in 1972 by Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno, DCTV has fostered a diverse and inclusive media arts community for 40 productive years. DCTV pursues its educational mission by introducing members of the community to the basics of electronic media through hundreds of free or low-cost production courses and access to broadcast-quality production equipment.
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1974
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Inspiring children and families to learn
The mission of the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) is to inspire children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Last year, CMOM served more than 350,000 people, which included 65,000 children who visited the Museum as part of a school group or through one of the Museum's off-site partners. CMOM is committed to making its exhibits and programs available to all, and with nearly 50 sites around New York City, we continually reach thousands of families who might not otherwise be able to benefit from our services. CMOM's four priority areas are meant to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime: early childhood education; creativity in the arts and sciences; healthy lifestyles; and the exploration of world cultures.
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1973
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The service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community.
The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) is the service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community. Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York assists its nearly 300 member theatres in managing their companies effectively so they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has earned a reputation as a leader in providing progressive services to its members - from shared office and rehearsal spaces, to the nation's only revolving loan fund for real estate, to technical assistance programs for emerging theatres - which have made our organization an expert in the needs of the Off and Off Off Broadway community.
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1974
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Presenting professional ballet and training tomorrow's dancers
Founded in 1974 Ballet Tech Foundation is dedicated to seeking out talented New York City public school students and provides a continuum of training from introductory through professional level training. Throughout the children's instruction, dance classes, shoes and leotards are provided free of charge. During the first year of training, transportation is provided while students attend ballet classes on a school-time release program. Students who show the talent and passion required to study classical ballet are invited to attend The New York City Public School for Dance (NYCPSD) - a cooperative, tuition-free venture between the NYC Department of Education and Ballet Tech. The School offers a rigorous academic curriculum paired with intensive dance training for students in grades four through twelve.
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1989
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Discovering, developing, and producing the new work of American playwrights
PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS is a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, Playwrights Horizons works to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. Writers are supported through every stage of their growth with a series of development programs: script and score evaluations, commissions, readings, musical theater workshops, Studio and Mainstage productions. PH's auxiliary programs include the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, which is affiliated with NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Ticket Central, a central box office that supports the Off-Broadway performing arts community.
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1975
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Finding answers for hunger and poverty
Founded in 1975, WhyHunger (aka World Hunger Year) is a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. WhyHunger advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance, i.e., offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing microcredit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; and assisting small farmers. WhyHunger connects these organizations to funders, media and legislators. At WhyHunger, we envision a world without hunger and poverty. If we can shift the prevailing viewpoint on why hunger and poverty exist, then we can influence the policymakers and put an end to this human tragedy.
Founded
1975
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Leading today's media conversation
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.
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1975
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Center for art, video, music, dance, performance, film and literature.
Founded as an artist collective in 1971, The Kitchen has from its infancy been a space where experimental artists and composers share progressive ideas with like-minded colleagues. The Kitchen is one of New York City's oldest nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. The Kitchen's programs range from dance, music, performance, and theater, to video, film, and art, in addition to literary events, artists' talks, and lecture series. It has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country, and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.
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1976
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Working with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates, and dreams of our times.
Creative Time is a public arts organization that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates and dreams of our times. Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. Our work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists' voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression. We are committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.
Founded
1976
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Innovating right before your ears
Founded in 1975, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) identifies today's brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. To date, ACO has performed music by nearly 500 American composers, including more than 100 world premieres and newly commissioned works. In pursuit of its singular mission, ACO maintains an unparalleled range of activities including an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall, commissions, recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, and new music reading sessions. New initiatives include composer fellowships and special projects designed to serve and advance the field.
Founded
1976
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Manhattan's first performing arts center
Opened in 1943, New York City Center's (NYCC) mission is to make the finest in the performing arts accessible to the broadest possible audience, while insuring that its landmark facility remains an active and welcoming venue to both audiences and artists throughout the year. NYCC accomplishes this mission by celebrating and preserving the American musical theater heritage through performances, score restorations and other archival activities; presenting and producing new and innovative programming resonant of NYCC's artistic history, with a specific emphasis on dance; supporting resident and visiting companies and artists; providing educational opportunities to NYC students and their teachers; and maintaining and enhancing the physical facilities that comprise the performing arts center.
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1977
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Focusing on the exhibition of drawings
The Drawing Center has been a unique and dynamic part of New York City's cultural life since 1977. The only not-for-profit institution in the country to focus on the exhibition of drawings, it was established to demonstrate the significance and diversity of drawings throughout history, to juxtapose work by master figures with work by emerging and under-recognized artists, and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of art and culture. The Drawing Center has become the country's preeminent venue for important contemporary and historical drawing exhibitions, attracting more than 55,000 visitors annually from around the world. The Drawing Center has presented more than 230 exhibitions, published over 70 catalogs, and toured its exhibitions to prestigious museums around the world.
Founded
1978
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Developing and strengthening an evolving chamber music community
The mission of Chamber Music America (CMA) is to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. Our vision is that chamber music will become a vital and recognized presence in contemporary American culture. Founded in 1977, CMA values a passion for chamber music in all of its manifestations; a commitment to a diverse membership, embracing performers and audiences at every level of experience, knowledge, and ability; support of the chamber music professional and the encouragement of excellence; collaboration, and chamber music's potential to exemplify democracy, tolerance, and humanity; and respect for tradition, experimentation, and innovation.
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1978
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Promoting and sustaining the highest standards of classical dance
The New York City Ballet (NYCB), one of the foremost dance companies in the world, is unique in U.S. artistic history. Solely responsible for training its own artists and creating its own works, the New York City Ballet was the first ballet institution in the world with two permanent homes, the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. The NYCB remains dedicated to the vision of its founders as it pursues two primary objectives: to preserve the ballets, dance aesthetic, and standards of excellence created and established by its founders; and to develop new work that draws on the creative talents of contemporary choreographers and composers, and speaks to the time in which it is made.
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1979
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New Art and New Ideas
Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan's only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program. The New Museum began as an idea in the mind of founding Director Marcia Tucker. As a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1967 through 1976, Tucker observed firsthand that new work by living artists was not easily assimilated into the conventional exhibition and collection structure of the traditional art museum.
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1979
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The arts not for the privileged few, but for the many
Lincoln Center Theater was re-established in 1985 under the leadership of Chairman John V. Lindsay, Director Gregory Mosher and Executive Producer Bernard Gersten. Since that time, the organization has produced dozens of plays and musicals, seen by millions of audience members at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, and other venues. The organization observes Lincoln Center founder John D. Rockefeller III's mandate: "the arts not for the privileged few, but for the many." Lincoln Center Theater also distributes thousands of free tickets each year to culturally under-served populations throughout the five boroughs and regularly offers special performances for the hearing impaired.
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1979
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WNYC and WQXR - Making the mind more curious, the heart more tolerant, and the spirit more joyful
New York Public Radio consists of WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820, and WQXR 105.9 which are New York's premier public radio stations, broadcasting the finest programs from National Public Radio and Public Radio International, as well as a wide range of award-winning signature local programming. As America's most listened-to public radio stations, reaching over one million listeners each week, WNYC FM and AM extend New York City's cultural riches to the whole country and air the best national offerings from affiliate networks National Public Radio and Public Radio International. WNYC FM 93.9 broadcasts a broad range of daily news, talk, cultural and classical music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international/ global news reporting.
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1980
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Producing a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America's best contemporary theatre
Director Carole Rothman and actress Robyn Goodman founded Second Stage Theatre in 1979 to give second stagings to contemporary American plays that originally failed to find an audience due to scheduling problems, inappropriate venues or limited performance runs. Since then, Second Stage has evolved from a small theatre into an Off-Broadway institution dedicated to developing plays, artists and audiences. Second Stage Theatre gives new life to contemporary American plays through second stagings; provides emerging authors with their Off-Broadway debuts; and produces world premieres by America's most respected playwrights. Through both the production of new plays and long-term residencies that focus on artistic process rather than product, artists find a supportive environment in which to try new roles, production designs and writing techniques.
Founded
1980
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Get closer to dance
Founded in 1982, The Joyce Theater Foundation works to serve and support the art of dance and choreography, to promote the richness and variety of the art form in its fullest expression, and to enhance the public interest in, and appreciation of, dance and the allied arts of music, design, and theater. The Foundation's programs embrace the entire spectrum of movement styles and traditions, from the time-honored to the untried, and are designed to encourage, sustain, and educate a diverse audience. The Joyce oversees two of New York's leading dance venues: The Joyce Theater, a 472-seat theater in Chelsea, and Joyce SoHo, a dance center in lower Manhattan that offers dance studios for rehearsals and performances.
Founded
1981
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Discover the contemporary heart of the classics
The mission of Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is to help develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama. Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, TFANA produces for audiences Off-Broadway and has also toured nationally and internationally. TFANA finds the contemporary heart of the classics. A reverence for language, spirit of adventure and visual boldness, which supports the work of the writer and actor, mark TFANA's productions. TFANA aspires to a civic role, bonding the diverse community of New York to the language, pleasures and issues of classical drama. At a time when audiences are segmented by economics and diverse cultural backgrounds, TFANA is committed to enhanced education and public access.
Founded
1979
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A century of technological firsts showcasing what is possible and inspiring people to dream
The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. As an educational and cultural not-for-profit institution, the Museum is dedicated to promoting the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming. Founded in 1982 and located on the Hudson River in New York City, the Museum is one of the world's most successful historic ship museums, drawing more than one million visitors annually. The Museum's exhibitions feature a former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986, the NASA space shuttle Enterprise (included in 2013 in the National Register of Historic Places), a collection of 27 World War II and Cold War era aircraft, the Cold War era submarine Growler, a British Airways Concorde and a Soyuz TMA-6 spacecraft that traveled from the International Space Station in 2005.
Founded
1983
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Through studios, classes, exhibitions, and publishing, we provide access to and education about glass as a creative tool
Established in New York City in 1977, UrbanGlass fosters experimentation and advances the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium.
Founded
1982
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Supporting the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel
Founded in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, and spearheaded by Eli Zborowski, the American Society for Yad Vashem works in partnership with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem to support their efforts in the areas of commemoration, education, research, capital improvement and special projects. Yad Vashem was established in 1953 by the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) and was entrusted with the task of commemorating the six million murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. It mandates Holocaust remembrance, commemoration, and education to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are secured for posterity.
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1982
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On the front lines of the battle for culture
The New Criterion, a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life, was founded in 1982 by the art critic Hilton Kramer and the pianist and music critic Samuel Lipman. Now edited by the critic Roger Kimball, The New Criterion began as an experiment in critical audacity—a publication devoted to engaging, in Matthew Arnold's famous phrase, with “the best that has been thought and said.” This also meant engaging with those forces dedicated to traducing genuine cultural and intellectual achievement, whether through obfuscation, politicization, or a commitment to nihilistic absurdity. We are proud that The New Criterion has been in the forefront both of championing what is best and most humanely vital in our cultural inheritance and in exposing what is mendacious, corrosive, and spurious. Published monthly from September through June, The New Criterion brings together a wide range of young and established critics whose common aim is to bring you the most incisive criticism being written today.
Founded
1982
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Restoring and preserving the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
In 1982, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation was founded when President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca, then Chairman of Chrysler Corporation, to head a private sector effort to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Foundation first tackled the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. The Foundation then turned its attention to the restoration of Ellis Island--the largest historical restoration in the history of the United States. Ellis Island, our most potent symbol of the American immigrant experience, had become sadly deteriorated. When the Island opened in 1990 it unveiled the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, where many rooms appeared as they had during the height of immigrant processing.
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1987
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Developing innovative theatre
Founded in 1979, New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) provokes, produces and cultivates the work of artists whose visions inspire and challenge all of us. NYTW is committed to the development of innovative theatre by supporting theatre artists at all stages of their careers, providing an environment where work can be created free from the artistic compromise and forbidding financial demands often associated with commercial ventures. Over the past two decades, NYTW has evolved to become a significant force in New York City's vibrant cultural landscape and is now recognized as one of the leading producing theatres of original work in the United States.
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1983
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A new kind of performance
Founded in 1981, the All Stars Project (ASP) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting human development through the use of an innovative performance and development based model. The ASP creates outside of school, educational and performing arts activities for thousands of poor and minority young people. It sponsors community and experimental theatre, develops leadership training and pursues volunteer initiatives that build and strengthen communities. Our programs include the All Stars Talent Show Network, the Joseph A. Forgione Development School for Youth, and the Castillo Theatre.
Founded
1983
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Lead With Confidence
National Arts Strategies (NAS) supports individuals, organizations, and the field to help realize the full potential of creatives in a time when that potential is most needed as a means of self-expression, to promote equity, inclusion and help support a more civil society. We develop market-leading education services for individuals who play a variety of roles in the arts and culture ecosystem: artists, cultural entrepreneurs, board members, staff members and executives.
Founded
1984
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A Different Kind of Orchestra
Founded in 1983, the New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of their highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops' annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs.
Founded
1985
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Celebrating playwrights and new plays
Primary Stages is an Off Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing individual playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create plays of local, national and international significance. As Resident Theater Company of 59E59 Theaters, Primary Stages produces a season of 3-5 plays each year. We develop new works through commissions, workshops, and readings and supports playwrights through our two flagship programs - The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 100 new works, many of them world premieres, and engaged more than 2,000 theater artists. Through all our activities, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important, and often transformative, connections within the theater community.
Founded
1985
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TADA! Here We Are!
Since 1984, TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment. Every year, TADA! produces three original musical theater productions with a discounted ticket program; free pre-professional training and youth development opportunities through the Resident Youth Ensemble composed of over 80 NYC kids ages 8-18; renowned Arts Education in-school residencies and after-school programs that are subsidized by our funders; and theater classes for kids of all ages taught by professional teaching artists and for which need-based scholarships are readily available. Through TADA!'s high-quality work, young people gain confidence and learn commitment, responsibility, communication and teamwork...skills that are critical to their success both in school and in life.
Founded
1987
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Honoring those who died by celebrating their lives
Opened in 1997, the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust honors those who died by celebrating their lives - cherishing the civilization that they built, their achievements and faith, their joys and hopes, and the vibrant Jewish community that is their legacy today. In the Museum's core exhibition, personal objects, photographs, and original films illustrate the story of Jewish heritage in the twentieth century. In addition, the collection provides source materials for permanent and temporary exhibitions, and for traveling exhibitions. Special exhibitions afford the Museum the opportunity to complement the themes expressed in the core exhibition in greater detail.
Founded
1987
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Empowering artists and students to take risks to create bold, daring work.
MCC Theater was founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company, then a collective of young actors, writers and directors eager to take a leadership role in their own artistic development. Initial peer-based “classes” led to showcases and eventually to the kinds of full-scale productions that have made MCC Theater one of New York's leading off-Broadway theater companies. The philosophy and aesthetic on which MCC Theater was founded continues to fuel our work in three main areas of focus: annual productions to bring together exceptional artists to explore emotional and moral issues of contemporary life, development of new york by emerging and established playwrights, and education and outreach programs that encourage New York City high school students and recent graduates to find -- and use -- their own unique voices through the creation and performance of original work for the stage.
Founded
1988
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Making Music New.
Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders.
Founded
1988
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Ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears
Tibet House US was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself. Tibet House US is dedicated to preserving Tibet's unique culture at a time when it is confronted with extinction on its own soil. By presenting Tibetan civilization and its profound wisdom, beauty, and special art of freedom to the people of the world, we hope to inspire others to join the effort to protect and save it. Tibet House US is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of this earth.
Founded
1988
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Exploring the potential of independent media in public life
American Documentary (AMDOC) is a leading nonprofit media organization dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary nonfiction stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media. Since 1988, American Documentary has produced the award-winning series P.O.V. for PBS, presenting over 365 of the most important documentary films of our time. Our films - coupled with our unsurpassed national reach and local collaborations - have brought powerful documentary storytelling into people's lives, and brought public dialogue on issues of national importance to a new level. American Documentary is a leader in extending the reach of documentaries online. American Documentary continues to pioneer new ways to use independent media as a springboard to engage the public.
Founded
1992
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Advancing literature and defending free expression
Founded in 1922, PEN American Center (PEN) is an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. PEN is comprised of 4,000 professional members who represent the most distinguished writers, translators, and editors in the United States. PEN also welcomes Advocate Members who come from all parts of the literary community - booksellers, librarians, students, passionate readers - and who share PEN's ideals. PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization, International PEN. Our programs promote writing and literature at every level and are founded on the belief that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society.
Founded
1990
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Create Innovative Hybrid Live Performances
HERE builds a community that nurtures career artists as they create innovative hybrid live performance in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media and visual art. Our artist residencies support the singular vision of the lead artist through commissions, long-term development, and production support. HERE's programs and performances promote relationships among local, national, and international artists. Our space is a destination for audiences who are passionate about ground-breaking contemporary work and the creative process behind it.
Founded
1993
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Bringing together kids with theater professionals to create original theater.
The 52nd Street Project (The Project) is dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for, and often by, kids between the ages of nine and eighteen that reside in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. The Project does this through a series of unique mentoring programs that match kids with professional theater artists. The Project was founded in 1981 by actor/playwright Willie Reale in response to a deepening need to improve the quality of life for the kids of Hell's Kitchen. The Project is about making children proud of themselves. The Project is not about teaching children to act, although they will learn to. It is not about teaching them to write plays, although they will learn that as well. What it is about is giving a kid an experience of success.
Founded
1992
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Noteworthy musicals
Founded in 1990, the mission of The York Theatre Company is to be a birthplace for new literate, intimate musicals, and a place where underappreciated musical gems from the past are rediscovered; to provide support for the creators of new musical theatre and be a showcase for new musical theatre talent of all kinds; to provide students with opportunities for hands-on theatre education; and to serve the community by presenting free or low-cost musical theatre performances to under-served audiences.
Founded
1991
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Creating and performing original works of modern dance around the globe
The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) was formed in 1980 and gave its first concert that year in New York City. The company's touring schedule steadily expanded to include cities both in the U.S. and in Europe, and in 1986 it made its first national television program for the PBS series Dance in America. In 2001, MMDG opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY, the company's first permanent headquarters in the U.S., housing rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children, as well as a school offering dance classes to students of all ages. The School at the Mark Morris Dance offers a diverse range of classes for all ages, and strives to be a center of creative activity for children, community residents, and professional dancers.
Founded
1990
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Overseeing the redevelopment of 42nd Street
The New 42nd Street was established in 1990 by New York City and State to redevelop the area of 42nd Street and Times Square through the revitalization of 42nd Street's historic theaters. Under a 99-year lease, the New 42nd Street was created to assume long-term responsibility and oversight for seven historic theaters on the block; Victory, Times Square, Selwyn, Lyric, Liberty, Empire, and Apollo. From the 1995 opening of The New Victory Theater through the recent addition of the New 42nd Street Studios, theater, music, and dance professionals, as well as visitors to the City, once again have joined the flow of New Yorkers on this reinvented, reinvigorated new 42nd Street.
Founded
1992
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Dedicated to the collection and exhibition of contemporary objects
For nearly half a century, the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) - formerly the American Craft Museum - has served as the country's premier institution dedicated to the collection and exhibition of contemporary objects created in media such as clay, glass, wood, metal, and fiber. The Museum of Arts and Design collects, displays, and interprets objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design. In its exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life.
Founded
1991
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Promoting and supporting music instruction in disadvantaged schools
Founded in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) promotes and supports music instruction in disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students' academic performance and general development. ETM forms long-term partnerships with inner-city elementary and middle schools that lack the resources to develop school-wide music programs. We ensure high-quality instruction by hiring qualified music teachers, providing ongoing training, and performing regular program assessments. We encourage academic teachers and music teachers to collaborate so that music can reinforce learning and development in all areas. And we help schools embrace music as a core subject by involving all members of the school community. ETM provides advisory services to organizations and schools around the United States, including ETM-LA, Inc., an organization founded in 2006, which we have licensed to implement our model in Los Angeles.
Founded
1992
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Making Space for Dance
Gibney Dance, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization whose mission is to bring the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist. Through three interrelated fields of action—Center, Company, and Community Action—Gibney Dance is “Making Space for Dance” in studios, on stages, and in underserved shelters and schools. Gibney Dance Center is a powerhouse of cultural support for the performing arts community and the City itself. Its two remarkable spaces—Gibney Dance Choreographic Center at 890 Broadway and Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at 280 Broadway—provide a roster of events supporting the creative process, encouraging dialogue, and providing professional development opportunities.
Founded
1991
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Preserving and developing the legendary Apollo Theater
Founded in 1991, The Apollo Theater Foundation supports, fosters and assists in the development and promotion of interest in musical and performance arts, film, video, theatre arts, dance and drama. The Foundation manages the historic Apollo Theater, a strong force in the Harlem community, hosting a number of special events, including health fairs, daily Apollo Historical Tours, community arts initiatives, and talent showcase competitions for seniors and for children. The Apollo averages six events a week, including performing arts, community programs, concerts, and special events. Drawing 1.3 million visitors annually, Harlem is Manhattan's third most popular tourist destination, and the Apollo remains Harlem's top attraction.
Founded
1993
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Lost Plays Found Here
In the words of New York Times' critic Ben Brantley, Mint Theater is the “resurrectionist extraordinaire of forgotten plays.” We scour the dramaturgical dustbin for worthwhile plays from the past that have been lost or neglected—and we create new life for them through production, publication, and educational initiatives. The Mint was founded in 1992. Jonathan Bank became artistic director in 1995 and began to shape the company's mission, focusing on lost plays. Our first major success came in 1999 with the American premiere of THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, written by Harley Granville-Barker in 1905. “A playwright, and a company, couldn't do much better,” wrote the New York Times. Our work has been recognized with an Obie Grant (2001), a special Drama Desk Award (2002), and the Theater History Museum's Theatre Preservation Award (2010) along with a host of Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations. In fulfilling our mission, we've created some the most compelling theater in New York. As Gwen Orel wrote in the Irish Examiner “We are lucky in New York to have the Mint here. If all they did was find and stage these plays, it would be enough, but what they do is reincarnate them into striking works of art.”
Founded
1994
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Providing Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their stories.
Founded in 2003, StoryCorps' mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. With a relentless focus on recording the stories of everyday people, StoryCorps captures lives that would otherwise be lost to history and reminds the nation that every story matters and every voice counts. Over the past seven years, we've given more than 70,000 Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for future generations through our archive at the Library of Congress. We also share select edited excerpts of these stories through weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, our popular website, podcasts, and best-selling books. These powerful stories illustrate our shared humanity and how much more we share in common than divides us.
Founded
1994
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The art of inspiring education.
DreamYard collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts.DreamYard programs develop artistic voice, nurture young peoples' desire to make change and cultivate the skills necessary to reach positive goals. By committing to sustained learning opportunities along an educational pathway, we support young people as they work toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. We believe that young people in the Bronx need a continuous set of supports to help them towards positive outcomes as they navigate their educational pathway. We have every expectation that through offering sustained and meaningful supports our youth will develop the tools to become creative and engaged citizens, life-long learners and the leaders and innovators of the 21st century.
Founded
1994
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Rebuilding and reviving the park at the tip of Manhattan
The Battery Conservancy was created in 1994 to rebuild and revitalize the Battery and Castle Clinton National Monument, the park's major landmark. The Battery remains one of the oldest public open spaces in continuous use in New York City. The Conservancy honors and preserves this heritage by rebuilding the park's landscape to interpret its past. The new landscape also celebrates the natural environment while meeting the needs of a growing residential population, crowds of bustling commuters and workers, and the millions of visitors who come from all over the world to see the Statue of Liberty, the magic of this harbor and its many cultural destinations.
Founded
1995
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Recognizing the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 320,000 original works during our 2016 program year across 29 different categories of art and writing. Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7 through 12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.
Founded
1995
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Searching out and recognizing goodness
The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) was established in 1986 to fulfill the traditional Jewish commitment to hakarot hatov, the searching out and recognition of goodness. JFR provides financial assistance to aged and needy non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. In addition to providing needed financial assistance to rescuers each month, the Foundation has a national Holocaust education program. The goal of the program is to educate middle and high school teachers about the history of the Holocaust and to provide them with the resources to integrate this knowledge into their classrooms.
Founded
1996
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Fostering the creation and dissemination of Jewish knowledge
The Center for Jewish History is one of the great public Jewish historical and cultural institutions in the world, and its mission is clear: to foster the creation and dissemination of Jewish knowledge and to make the historical and cultural record of the Jewish people readily accessible to scholars, students and the broad public. The Center serves the worldwide academic and general communities with combined holdings of approximately 100 million archival documents, a half million books, and thousands of photographs, artifacts, paintings, and textiles - the largest repository documenting the Jewish experience outside of Israel. This amalgamation of collections and public programs has brought over 100,000 visitors.
Founded
1996
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Perpetuating the democratic spirit of America's music
Jazz at Lincoln Center's mission is to enrich the artistic substance and perpetuate the democratic spirit of America's music. From down home and elegant concert performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to entertaining educational programs that bring the sound and feeling of jazz into the lives of thousands of kids and grownups to innovative collaborative programs with artists in diverse idioms: we offer top quality musicianship and universal friendship. By taking the feeling of jazz on tour and by inviting artists and audiences from all over the world into our new home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, we bring people together for a simple purpose: to have a profoundly good time. Welcome is our motto.
Founded
2000
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Raising a joyful hell in a small space
Founded in 1996 by three of New York's most acclaimed downtown theater artists -director Jim Simpson, designer Kyle Chepulis and playwright Mac Wellman - the award-winning Flea Theater was originally formed out of the purely artistic impulse to create "a joyful hell in a small space." Brash, energetic and dedicated, we quickly became a downtown beacon for creative artists of every discipline, and for audiences seeking bold and inventive work. Soon a more formal mission was born: to present distinctive work that raises the standards of Off-Off-Broadway for artists & audiences alike. Comfortable seats and decent dressing rooms became as much a part of our goal as our commitment to supporting talented artists with big ideas.
Founded
1997
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Films artists ideas
Over the past decade, ART21 has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning, PBS-broadcast television series, ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century. The nonprofit organization has used the power of digital media to introduce millions of people of all ages to contemporary art and artists and has created a new paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process. ART21 is a nonprofit contemporary art organization dedicated to introducing broad public audiences to today's visual artists - stimulating critical reflection as well as conversation through the production of films, publications, digital resources, and educational programs. ART21 programs inspire creative thinking and educate: a new generation about contemporary art and art making; teachers about how to engage students with the art of their time; the public at large about the life of the creative mind.
Founded
1997
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Stimulating and sustaining quality arts education
Established in 1996, the Center for Arts Education (CAE) is committed to stimulating and sustaining quality arts education as an essential part of every child's education in the New York City public schools. CAE provides information and resources that demonstrate the benefits of and need for arts education as part of a quality, balanced education. CAE also identifies and supports exemplary partnerships and programs that demonstrate how the arts contribute to learning and student achievement. CAE is dedicated to influencing educational and fiscal policies that will support arts education in all of the city's public schools.
Founded
1998
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Sustaining, Dramatizing, Educating and Strengthening
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's mission is to celebrate the Yiddish experience through the performing arts and to transmit a rich cultural legacy in exciting new ways that bridge social and cultural divides. The Yiddish theatre represents a rare but vital connection to a culture, a language, and a way of life nearly destroyed seventy years ago. Now celebrating its 100th anniversary season, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has a burgeoning creative engine, but must maintain a connection to future generations who may never have heard of Yiddish or encountered Eastern European Jewish culture in its original form. While this material has evolved in America to suit contemporary sensibilities in the form of the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld or Woody Allen, the music of Matisyahu, or nearly any musical play in the American canon, its source material is largely neglected and those seeking cultural roots are often stymied by the language barrier of Yiddish. The NYTF provides access to the treasure trove of hundreds of years of cultural expression, and with this project is seeking to inspire the imaginations of the next generation of artists to continue and contribute their own stories to this valuable work.
Founded
1999
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Nonprofit. Film. Education. Community.
Founded in 1998, The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a cultural arts center dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community. Since the JBFC opened its doors to the public in June 2001, more than a million people have seen over 3,000 films from every corner of the globe. Nearly 60,000 students in grades 3-12 and in college have participated in our education programs, more than 50% of them from underserved communities throughout the tri-state area. Our education programs are grounded in 21st century literacy skills, including critical viewing and production. These skills are essential for a generation growing up in a world in which media and technology is increasingly the way we participate in community, and engage in democracy and the global economy.
Founded
2000
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Transforming the lives of young people through arts education.
Exploring the Arts (ETA) was founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto. ETA's mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA's programs connect private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds. ETA currently serves 17 Partner Schools throughout New York City's five boroughs and in East Los Angeles.
Founded
2000
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Blurring the boundaries between high art and pop culture
Having served as the former home of the Seventh Regiment, Park Avenue Armory has transformed into a groundbreaking cultural institution that blurs the boundaries between high art and pop culture. Since 2007, the Armory has organized a series of immersive performances and installations that have drawn critical acclaim and popular attention working independently or collaborating with other cultural institutions. Concurrent with the development of its artistic program, the Armory has undertaken an ongoing revitalization of its historic building, reinvigorating the Armory's original design while stabilizing, preserving, and renewing the building for future generations.
Founded
2000
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Creativity is the future of education.
Ghetto Film School educates, develops, and celebrates the next generation of great American storytellers. The programs teach the arts of cinematic storytelling to the young people in the Bronx and beyond. The organization is supported by a wide network of filmmakers, media professionals, corporate and government partners. Ghetto Film School operates three inter-related programs; each year we educate 650 young storytellers with our South Bronx programming, and over 100,000 nationwide and beyond through strategic collaborations and an online MasterClass series.
Founded
1938
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Promotion, encouragement and education in art and the enlightenment of the public
The mission of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, and to collect, conserve, and study the art of our time. The Foundation realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and cultural partnerships.
Founded
1933
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Voice for the future of our city.
The Municipal Art Society (MAS) is New York's leading organization dedicated to creating a more livable city. For almost 125 years, MAS-a nonprofit membership organization-has been committed to promoting New York City's economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, environmental sustainability and social diversity. Working to protect the best of New York's existing landscape, from landmarks and historic districts to public open spaces, MAS encourages visionary design, planning and architecture that promote resilience and the livability of New York.
Founded
1942
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Providing quality education in music and the arts
Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation's oldest community music school, was founded in 1894 by Emilie Wagner, who believed that music could offer the impoverished immigrants of New York's Lower East Side some respite from their daily struggles. Today, more than a century later, Third Street serves more than 3,500 students each year both at the School and through its MILES (Music Instruction on the Lower East Side) Program in the public schools, where it reaches a sizeable immigrant population and hundreds of children who lack affordable options for quality training in the arts. A generous program of tuition assistance, scholarships and program subsidies benefits three-quarters of all students served.
Founded
1992
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To promote & encourage historical study.
The Adirondack Museum believes in the power of history to ignite the imagination, stimulate thought and shape the future. Our collections and engaging programs reflect stories of life, work, and play in the Adirondack Park and northern New York State. The museum expands public understanding of Adirondack history and the relationship between people and the Adirondack wilderness, fostering informed choices for the future. Opened to the public in 1957, the museum includes a research library, publications program, and an active education department that offers special events, classes, symposia, workshops, demonstrations, field trips, and engaging hands-on experiences for thousands of visitors each year.
Founded
1946
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A garden of great music
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen who built the luxurious Mediterranean-style villa and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world to reality. Their musical evenings were the seeds of the International Music Festival of today. With its outstanding performances, engaging arts-in-education programming, the extraordinary Rosen House, and beautiful grounds, Caramoor is a cornerstone of the cultural life of Westchester County and beyond. Since 1945 visitors have delighted in the exceptional music - from classical to opera to jazz - and the enchanting garden setting that makes Caramoor such a unique and treasured resource.
Founded
1938
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A community school for music, musical theatre, and music therapy
The Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW) is a diverse community of people with a shared commitment to the arts, where students of all ages and abilities develop their talents in ways that support their individual goals and interests, guided by dedicated, excellent faculty. Founded in 1929, the Conservatory today serves over 3,500 students ranging in age from six months to 87 years, from 102 communities in a five-county area and representing more than 30 nationalities. All students are accepted; our doors are open to everyone. MCW is one of only 18 non-degree granting institutions to hold fully accredited membership in the National Association of Schools of Music.
Founded
1949
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Preserving Heritage, Creating Opportunities.
Founded in 1944, the Columbus Citizens Foundation is committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. The Foundation organizes New York City's annual Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day Parade, which has celebrated Italian-American heritage on New York's Fifth Avenue since 1929.
Founded
1958
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Preserving, studying and interpreting Jewish cultural history
Founded in 1904, The Jewish Museum is one of the world's largest and most important institutions devoted to exploring the remarkable scope and diversity of Jewish culture. The Jewish Museum's permanent collection, which has grown to more than 26,000 objects -- paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, ethnographic material, archaeological artifacts, numismatics, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media materials -- is the largest and most important of its kind in the world. The Jewish Museum regularly presents large temporary exhibitions of an interdisciplinary nature. For nearly a century, The Jewish Museum has illuminated the Jewish experience, both secular and religious, demonstrating the strength of Jewish identity and culture.
Founded
1957
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Promoting the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for diverse audiences
The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) originates ten to twelve exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders' decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools.
Founded
1943
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Discovering, interpreting, and disseminating knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.
Founded
1956
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Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts
The mission of the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation (FACE) is to further international understanding by fostering French American cultural exchange and supporting contemporary creative work in the arts and education. FACE works to develop and support relationships between professionals in all creative fields, and to encourage collaborative projects between cultural and educational institutions. FACE combines the strengths of both the French and American systems of supporting the arts and education in one common initiative.
Founded
1965
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Re-energizing classic plays and musicals
Established in 1965, Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, to sharing stories that endure, and to being accessible and affordable to all audiences. Roundabout operates the American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/ Laura Pels Theatre, and the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. On each of Roundabout's five stages, the thrill of theatre comes to life through classic plays, timeless musicals and new works by emerging and established playwrights. Through our educational initiatives, Roundabout strives to use theatre to enhance teacher practice and deepen student learning.
Founded
1966
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An internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry
Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Executive Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer.New York Live Arts was founded in 2011 by a merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop.
Founded
1979
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Nurturing the creative process
Founded in 1900, Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment. Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio.
Founded
1942
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A museum for the 21st Century
Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA), one of the oldest museums in the United States, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley. The museum achieves this mission through its collections, exhibitions, education programs, library, research projects, publications and other programs offered to the general public. The holdings of the AIHA form the best collection in the United States documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late 17th century to the present. The majority of the objects in the collections were either made in the Albany area or New York State, or were used and owned by documented families living in the Hudson Valley region.
Founded
1951
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Dedicated to the support and promotion of the Standardbred industry
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is dedicated to comprehensive, active and authoritative support and promotion of the Standardbred industry through documentation and preservation of the history and traditions of this American-born sport. It will also continue to augment existing collections and provide extensive research, educational programming and exciting exhibitory to expand harness racing's interest and appeal, both nationally and internationally, to assure an informed audience and a successful future. The museum's historic collection includes more than 1,500 works of fine art; 1,000 pieces of ephemera; 5,000 photographs; 300 jackets, caps and helmets; 50 sulkies and harness; and 200 trophies. The Peter D. Haughton Library includes more than 2,000 books and bound periodicals and more than 2,000 videos on the sport of harness racing as well as general equine documentation.
Founded
1955
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Art Museum, Historic House & Gardens
The Hyde Collection's mission is to develop and highlight a collection of international importance, create exhibitions of regional and national significance, and provide invigorating educational programs to its core local audiences and communities. The Hyde's collection is a truly remarkable group of works and is a testament to the vision of our founder, Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, and her husband, Louis Fiske Hyde. Works from the collection the Rembrandt, the Rubens, the Picasso, the Renoirs, and the Hassam, for instance are constantly in demand by museums around the world as they plan their exhibitions. A large part of this collection is installed in the elegant atmosphere of historic Hyde House, an American Renaissance mansion built in 1912. Our educational programming impacts the lives of thousands of local children as well as families, adults, and seniors.
Founded
1952
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Interpreting the history and conveying the excitement of Thoroughbred racing in America
The mission of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is to interpret the history and convey the excitement of Thoroughbred racing in America to the broadest possible audience. The National Museum of Racing was incorporated in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1950. In 1955 the Museum moved to its present site on Union Avenue, and the Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor deserving horses, jockeys, and trainers. Over the years the selection process and criteria have been fine-tuned, but the Hall of Fame remains devoted to the original three categories. As of Hall of Fame Day 2007, members include 176 Thoroughbreds, 88 jockeys, and 84 trainers. All are racing heroes.
Founded
1951
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America's Fort
The mission of Fort Ticonderoga is to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. We serve this mission by preserving and enhancing our historic structures, collections, gardens, and landscapes, and by educating and inspiring the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga and the diverse peoples who met here in war and in peace.
Founded
1961
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Celebrating the relationship between sculpture and nature
Founded in 1960, Storm King Art Center is a museum that celebrates the relationship between sculpture and nature. Five hundred acres of landscaped lawns, fields and woodlands provide the site for postwar sculptures by internationally renowned artists. The focus of Storm King Art Center's distinguished permanent collection of American and European modern sculpture is on large abstract welded steel works from the 1960s to the present, although figurative works are also on view. At Storm King, visitors are encouraged to enjoy nature as well as art, to meander on trails and discover sculptures, or to traverse the fields to walk among monumental works. Recently the Art Center has developed the North Trail and a wooded grove with sculptures, and has restored several walking paths.
Founded
1994
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Supporting and improving Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Founded in 1994, Walkway Over the Hudson works to support and improve Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park by building new amenities and features that help this grand attraction realize its full potential. Throughout the year, the Walkway organization implements programming and events designed to enlighten and bring enjoyment to the park's expected 750,000 annual visitors. We also recruit and train volunteers to serve as guides, ambassadors, and support staff.
Founded
1999
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Igniting an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together
The Wild Center's mission is to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world. We believe that people and the rest of the natural world can thrive together. We think that with the help of science we can move beyond our present challenges where our economy often comes at the expense of the natural world, and find ways to have a vibrant human economy and thriving nature. The Wild Center is committed to helping the Adirondacks become a model for this idea, and one that can lead by example.
Founded
2008
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Journalism in the public interest
Founded in 2007, ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them. In the best traditions of American journalism in the public service, we seek to stimulate positive change. We uncover unsavory practices in order to stimulate reform. We do this in an entirely non-partisan and non-ideological manner, adhering to the strictest standards of journalistic impartiality.
Founded
1955
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Imagine. Explore.
The Roberson Museum and Science Center, originally named the Roberson Memorial Center, was established by the will of Alonzo Roberson in 1934 and opened in 1954. A complex institution, Roberson encompasses the Binghamton campus of museum and science center, including historic buildings. Roberson welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds and seeks to excite and enrich through creative and interactive experiences that lead to a greater understanding of ourselves, our neighbors and our universe. To these ends, Roberson provides our community and region with multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning opportunities through exhibitions, public programs and school programs.
Founded
1965
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Syracuse Stage illuminates the many truths of our common humanity through the transformative power of live theatre.
Syracuse Stage is a global village square where renowned artists and audiences of all ages gather to celebrate our cultural richness, witness the many truths of our common humanity, and explore the transformative power of live theatre. As the professional theatre in residence at Syracuse University, we create innovative, adventurous, and entertaining productions of new plays, classics and musicals, and offer interactive education and outreach programs to Central New York.
Founded
1949
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International museum of photography and film
George Eastman House, opened to the public in 1949, is an independent museum and educational institution that tells the story of photography and motion pictures -- media that have changed and continue to change our perception of the world. We collect and preserve objects that are of significance to photography, motion pictures, and the life of George Eastman; build information resources to provide the means for both scholarly research and recreational inquiry; keep and care for images, literature, and technology to tell the story of photography and the motion picture in history and in culture; and care for George Eastman's house, gardens, and archives, maintaining them for public enjoyment and as a memorial to his contribution to our lives and our times.
Founded
1942
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Medium
Providing live performances of symphonic music
The Grammy Award Winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1935 and makes its home at Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the BPO has toured widely across the United States and Canada including the recently completed Florida Friends Tour with JoAnn Falletta in March 2010. Currently, the Orchestra presents more than one hundred and twenty Classics, Pops and Youth Concerts each year and the BPO Education department programs reach over 35,000 students per year (K-12) from all eight counties of Western New York. During the tenure of current music director JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of national broadcasts on American Public Media's Performance Today and recordings, including the release of eleven new CDs of a highly diverse repertoire on the NAXOS and Beau Fleuve labels.
Founded
1942
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Enriching and inspiring through the art of music
Since its founding in 1922, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music. For more than 80 years, the RPO has been known for its high standard of artistic excellence, unique tradition of musical versatility and deep commitment to education and community engagement. As one of the great American orchestras, the RPO aspires to be an institution driven by a culture of confidence, adventure, excellence and success; the premier cultural organization in the region and the hub of cultural life year-round; and recognized nationally for artistic and organizational excellence, creativity and innovation. The RPO presents more than 140 concerts per year, serving approximately 350,000 people per season.
Founded
1952
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Explore… Discover… Every Day!
Founded in 1912, The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) stimulates broad community interest and understanding of science and technology, and their impact—past, present, future—on our lives. The RMSC continues to inspire our community by serving as the area's resource for informal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; providing more than 200 hands-on exhibits that promote inquiry-based learning; and investing in our area's future through our preschool, science day camps and workforce preparation and visitation assistance programs.
Founded
1960
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Programming that entertains, inspires, enlightens and educates our communities
Western New York Public Broadcasting Association serves the educational, cultural, and informational needs of communities in Western New York and Southern Ontario through the operation of the WNED stations, and the provision of public television and radio programming and outreach activities. WNED serves a bi-national region of 3.1 million households across Western New York and Southern Ontario with high-quality programming and services that enlighten, inspire, entertain, and educate our communities. WNED's goal is to be a bi-national resource, the place to go to facilitate community-wide solutions, a public media portal. WNED is the proud founder and co-creator of the Emmy-award winning Reading Rainbow, one of the longest-running, most-watched, and best-loved children's series in the history of public television.
Founded
1960
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Public media for Rochester
Since 1958, WXXI Public Broadcasting Council has provided the Greater Rochester area with the finest radio and television programming available. In the last several years, WXXI has bloomed from broadcasting one television channel and two radio stations to four television channels and four radio stations. WXXI has added interactive services such as live streaming of radio and podcasts of many programs. WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues.
Founded
1965
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Connected to you
The Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York operates non-commercial public television and radio stations. WCNY-TV first signed on the air in 1965 and public radio service was inaugurated on WCNY-FM Syracuse in 1971. Through a partnership with Time Warner Cable, in 1996, WCNY launched a full-time cable channel, WCNY2. This channel devotes its program schedule to how-to programs. As a service to our visually-impaired listeners, READ-OUT was started in 1982 so that listeners could use a special radio to hear volunteers reading newspapers, articles, and daily advertisements.
Founded
1967
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Inspiring excitement and curiosity about the past and an appreciation for its relevance today.
The mission of Genesee Country Village & Museum is to inspire excitement and curiosity about the past and an appreciation for its relevance today. Visitors experience how life in small towns has changed over time through engaging and enjoyable encounters with the stories, objects, buildings and environments of Western New York. Through interactive programs, events and exhibits we help visitors understand the lives and times of 19th-century America. This unique living history experience provides meaningful insights into the origins of customs, traditions, social values and the evolution of our contemporary lifestyles.
Founded
1975
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Producing new, little known, and familiar operas and works of music theater
Glimmerglass Opera is a professional summer opera company dedicated to producing new productions each season. The company's mission is to produce new, little-known and familiar operas and works of music theater in innovative productions which capitalize on the intimacy and natural setting of the Alice Busch Opera Theater; to promote an artistically-challenging work environment for young American performers; and to engage important directors, designers and conductors who provide high standards of achievement. Today, Glimmerglass Opera presents four works in new productions each Festival Season and attracts an international audience to the scenic Cooperstown area, where the talent of singers, directors, designers and staff from across the world converges in the Alice Busch Opera Theater to produce world-class opera.
Founded
1992
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Reconnecting nature in North America
Since our founding in 1991, the Wildlands Network has been fostering a new kind of conservation movement that fills people with hope. Wildlands Network represents networks of people protecting networks of land. Our focus is to restore, protect, and connect North America's best wild places. Our international network of conservation partners and individuals work to make sure nature has enough room to roam, to survive for the long-term.
Founded
1940
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Experience the unexpected
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the nation's oldest public arts organizations, has a clear and compelling mission to acquire, exhibit, and preserve both modern and contemporary art. It focuses especially on contemporary art, with an active commitment to taking a global and multidisciplinary approach to the presentation, interpretation, and collection of the artistic expressions of our times. In an enriching, dynamic, and vibrant environment that embraces diverse cultures and traditions, the Gallery seeks to serve a broad and far-reaching audience. The Gallery's parent organization, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, was incorporated in 1862 to promote, cultivate, and generally foster art in all its branches.
Founded
2003
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America's Kids Cooking for Life!
The mission of Common Threads is to educate low-income children on the importance of nutrition and physical wellbeing, empowering them to be agents of change for healthier families, schools, and communities. By providing children with a toolkit of knowledge and skills, we can help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, getting America's kids cooking for life!
Founded
2004
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Tiny
Bringing Shakespeare's words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods
Actors' Shakespeare Project believes Shakespeare's words are urgently relevant to our times. Working as an ensemble of resident company members, we bring these words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods. We do this through creative projects, including intimate productions and outreach programs that are informed by the spaces in which they happen. These projects inspire civic dialogue, build relationships between people, strengthen communities, and reveal something about what it means to be human here and now.
Founded
2006
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Diverse music for a diverse city.
Radio Milwaukee celebrates Milwaukee --- its people and music, arts and culture, neighborhoods and organizations. Radio Milwaukee provides public media services to the greater Milwaukee area and around the world via the Internet. Our mission is to make a positive difference in our community by providing a unique and adventurous blend of music and compelling, engaging content highlighting the good work going on in our city. Our goal is to captivate, entertain, educate and inspire.
Founded
2005
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Playing our way to a better world
The Zimmer Children's Museum's mission is to make a better society through interactive learning, creative self-expression and art experiences for children and families. We are dedicated to teaching people about the BIG IDEAS of global citizenship, community responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. The Zimmer Children's Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located on Museum Row in Los Angeles, and features hands-on exhibits for children 0-8 to explore BIG IDEAS in creative and inspiring settings. The Zimmer is also the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles. Through the power of play, children will learn about human values such as respect for others, helping those in need, generosity, and creativity.
Founded
2005
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Tiny
Performing outstanding classical and modern ballets that set the standard for dance in Los Angeles.
To perform outstanding classical and modern ballets that set the standard for dance in Los Angeles, nationally and internationally. To passionately pursue innovation and creativity in performances. To preserve the best choreographic work of the past and become the impetus for the best choreography yet to come. To be an exciting arts organization and the “place to be” for the most talented dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, artists, designers, staff and volunteers. To be an instrument of hope, healing and joy, sharing the gift of dance with the broadest possible audience and in particular, distressed communities. To develop and strengthen Los Angeles Ballet's financial and organizational foundation. To captivate Los Angeles' large and diverse audience who will become devoted, supportive patrons. Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company. At the end of nine seasons it presented 28 productions encompassing 50 works, including 15 commissioned world premieres. Los Angeles Ballet ‘tours' throughout LA County, regularly appearing at five venues.
Founded
2005
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Offering learning opportunities for teachers and students of all ages
The Mid-America Science Museum works to educate, appealing to visiting children and their families, while offering expanded learning opportunities for teachers and students of all ages. In 2011 the Mid-America Science Museum renovated their building and exhibits to offer stronger connections between science and the Museum visitors' everyday lives.
Founded
2006
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Promoting freedom through film
The Moving Picture Institute believes that film, more effectively than any other medium, can bring the idea of freedom to life. In keeping with that belief, we are working to ensure that film becomes a center of genuinely democratic art in the coming years. Our goal is to guarantee that film's unique capacity to give shape to abstract principles-to make them move and breathe-is used to support and promote liberty. Toward that end, we fund films from development through post-production, support up-and-coming filmmakers, and serve as a high-level intern placement service.
Founded
2006
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The national service organization for opera
OPERA America is dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: creation: artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; presentation: opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; and enjoyment: education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation. Founded in 1970, OPERA America has an international membership that includes nearly 2,500 members and over 16,000 subscribers to its electronic news service.
Founded
2006
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Tiny
Providing a wide range of musical and teaching experiences
Founded in October, 2005, the unique concept of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has gained national attention as a number of other professional orchestras search for a practical alternative to the traditional structure. The mission of TSO is to collaborate and resonate throughout the community as the professional orchestra that educates, entertains, inspires and distinguishes their community through musical excellence and innovation. TSO is committed to serving the Tulsa community as productive citizens, artists, teachers, facilitators, innovators, musical ambassadors and wherever their talents are needed.
Founded
2007
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Tiny
Enriching the lives of audiences of all ages
Opened in 2005 as part of Baton Rouge's Shaw Center for the Arts, The Manship Theatre offers an extraordinary range of arts and cultural experiences to people of all ages, presented in a uniquely intimate setting. Engaging audiences through music, dance, theatre, and film, Manship Theatre endeavors to provide the highest standard of performance excellence, along with extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment. The facility is named in honor of Douglas Lewis Manship, Sr., the son of Charles Manship, Sr.
Founded
2007
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Tiny
Challenging radical Islam, promoting human rights
Clarion Project is a non-profit organization that educates the public about the dangers of radical Islam. Clarion's award-winning films, seen by more than 85-million people, expose how radical Islamists use terrorism, murder, subjugation of women, indoctrination of children, religious persecution, genocide of minorities, widespread human rights abuses, nuclear proliferation and cultural jihad — to threaten the West. The ClarionProject.org web site delivers news, expert analysis, videos, and unique perspectives about radical Islam, while giving a platform to moderate Muslims and human rights activists to speak out against extremism.
Founded
1963
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Giant
Supporting excellence and the spirit of innovation
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts in Princeton is one of the most active cultural centers in the nation, offering over 200 performances of theater, dance, music and special events each year. Built as a permanent home for the Princeton University Triangle Club, the theater opened its doors on February 21, 1930. McCarter's audience is truly a regional one. Over 200,000 people come to McCarter each season from all 21 counties in New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania, New York and 23 additional states. McCarter is recognized as one of this country's leading regional theaters, and is the only organization in this country that is both a professional producing theater and a major presenter of the performing arts.
Founded
1961
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Tiny
To entertain, educate and inspire New Jersey and beyond with the beauty and passion of dance.
Audrée and Bud Estey founded the Princeton Ballet Society (d.b.a. American Repertory Ballet) in 1954. The Society's mission is: To bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences through public performances and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. This mission is fulfilled through: American Repertory Ballet-a preeminent classical and contemporary ballet company, Princeton Ballet School - one of the largest non-profit dance schools in the nation, and ARB's Access and Enrichment (formerly called Education and Outreach) initiatives - including the long running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program.
Founded
1927
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Always new. Always different. Always exciting.
The Newark Museum operates, as it has since its founding, in the public trust as a museum of service, and a leader in connecting objects and ideas to the needs and wishes of its constituencies. We believe that our art and science collections have the power to educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities that we serve. In the words of founding Director John Cotton Dana, "A good museum attracts, entertains, arouses curiosity, leads to questioning-and thus promotes learning."
Founded
1926
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Collecting, preserving, and presenting American and Native American art
Opened in 1914, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) collects, preserves, and presents American and Native American art. Its innovative exhibitions and educational programs interpret and explore relationships between these two evolving artistic traditions. MAM's exhibitions offer groundbreaking scholarship, fresh thematic approaches, first-time presentations of under-recognized artists, examinations of little-known aspects of major artists' careers, and an ongoing commitment to the artists and culture of New Jersey. MAM's Yard School of Art offers comprehensive courses for children, youth, adults, seniors, and professional artists. The Museum collaborates with numerous cultural and community partners to inspire creativity and a deeper understanding of America's unique diversity.
Founded
1944
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Large
We commit with equal passion to artistic excellence and engagement with our communities
With its mission "to commit with equal passion to artistic excellence and engagement with its communities," the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) remains dedicated to providing world-class orchestral performance throughout the state, and to connect with its surrounding communities through a number of diverse educational engagement initiatives. To fulfill this mission, the NJSO performs in seven venues and offers educational programming that allows it to reach nearly all 21 counties. Each year, the Orchestra typically engages more than 150,000 people, including 40,000 young people and their families. Through our great diversity of programming, we hope to ensure that music education and world-class orchestral music performance remain a vibrant and accessible part of the cultural fabric of the state of New Jersey.
Founded
1972
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New Jersey's only professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare's canon and other classic masterworks
Founded in 1963, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the state's largest professional theatre company dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare's canon and other classic dramatic entertainments for the cultural enrichment of the community. The artists and trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey bring dramatic masterpieces of the past to dynamic new life in order to inspire present lives as well as future visions for the world. We are a teaching theatre, fervently dedicated to providing transformative experiences through our live performance of the classics. We integrate education and learning into all our endeavors, while promoting literacy, a culture of enlightenment, a dedication to excellence, and a keen awareness of how the arts are a necessity to the health of the collective mind and soul of any great civilization.
Founded
1979
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The world's premiere jazz radio station
WBGO is a publicly-supported, cultural institution that champions jazz and presents news to a worldwide audience through radio, other technologies and events. Organizational values that guide WBGO in accomplishing its mission are: a belief in the vibrancy and continuance of jazz as a cultural art form; educational outreach is an important part of the station's programming; a diverse, open workplace that supports the development and enhancement of the staff's talents and skills; and listeners, members and the general public deserve to be treated with respect, quality service and information.
Founded
1982
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Giant
Connecting nature, humanity, and technology
Liberty Science Center (LSC) is dedicated to offering exceptional science learning experiences onsite, offsite and online. Located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, we engage learners of all ages in science excitement, provide professional development for teachers, and actively connect people of all backgrounds to pivotal science and society issues. First opened in 1993, LSC engages diverse audiences in relevant issues that connect nature, humanity and technology. Through innovative and meaningful experiences, we inspire action to strengthen communities and advance global stewardship. LSC re-opened in July 2007 after a nearly two-year, $109 million renovation with all-new exhibitions, a 20,000 square-foot center devoted to science learning and teaching, and a focus on making a difference in society - and inspiring others to do the same.
Founded
2001
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Small
Cultivating rational inquiry, ethical values, and human development
The Council for Secular Humanism is North America's leading organization for non-religious people. An educational association, the Council supports a wide range of activities to meet the needs of people who find meaning and value in life without looking to a god. Its activities range from magazine publishing to campaigning on ethical issues, from conferences to support networks, from educational courses to conducting secular ceremonies, from local groups to international development. Council activities include championing the rights and beliefs of secular humanists; serving the needs of non-religious people; developing secular communities; and giving a moral and intellectual lead.
Founded
1980
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Medium
Presenting performances of traditional and new classical music.
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) works to provide extraordinary musical experiences and to do so as an integral part of the greater Princeton community. Since its founding in 1980, PSO has evolved into a professional orchestra which offers orchestral, pops, and chamber music concerts, as well as lecture events, children's programs, and innovative collaborative programming. PSO is the orchestra is Princeton's hub for classical music knowledge, a gateway to the greater Princeton cultural community, and a means of connecting with like-minded music enthusiasts.
Founded
1992
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Medium
Providing award-winning news and cultural programming to listeners throughout the Northeast
WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, is a regional public radio network serving more than 400,000 monthly listeners from seven northeastern states including CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, VT, and PA. Chartered by the NYS Board of Regents in 1984, WAMC broadcasts twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with a schedule of news, information, music, and cultural programming. In addition to programming provided by NPR, WAMC produces and broadcasts nine locally-aired programs and nine nationally-syndicated programs, which are broadcast by hundreds of radio stations throughout North America and on Armed Forces Radio. The station's multi-award winning news department is unmatched by any other in public radio, and is a regular recipient of awards for exceptional journalism.
Founded
1982
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Tiny
Transforming children's lives through the power of arts
Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theatre, new media and creative writing an integral part not only of learning, but of life. Through the transformative impact of the arts, we reach young people through many dimensions, breaking down the barriers of language and culture, accelerating personal growth, and stimulating children's full potential to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century.
Founded
1984
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Giant
Enriching lives through great music
Rockport Music is committed to one enduring purpose--enriching lives through great music. Located in the scenic seaport village of Rockport, Massachusetts, Rockport Music presents exceptional musical performances and events year round, including the acclaimed Rockport Chamber Music Festival, which hosts over 20 performances in five weeks during June and July each year. Rockport Music also presents classical, jazz, folk, pop, and world music, as well as a film series and HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and England's National Theatre.
Founded
1984
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Medium
Reinventing the public square
Since its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring the last permanent resident acting company in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of approximately 135,000. In its 45-year history, the theater has produced 57 world premieres, mounted national and international tours, and, through its MFA program, trained hundreds of new actors and directors. This season marks the 43rd year of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's pioneering educational outreach program. Last season, the program introduced 25,000 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut students to live theater. The Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium offers professional training for actors and directors in a three-year MFA program. Since 1973, Trinity Rep's home has been the Lederer Theater Center, a historic landmark built as the Majestic Theatre in 1917.
Founded
1987
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Small
The center for the advancement of Objectivism
The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) works to introduce young people to Ayn Rand's novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas, and to promote the principles of reason, rational self-interest, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the widest possible audience. ARI seeks to spearhead a cultural renaissance that will reverse the anti-reason, anti-individualism, anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's culture. The major battleground in this fight for reason and capitalism is the educational institutions-high schools and, above all, the universities, where students learn the ideas that shape their lives. Ayn Rand's philosophy-known as Objectivism-holds that historical trends are the inescapable product of philosophy.
Founded
1985
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Tiny
Media independence
MiNDTV is the newest initiative of Independence Media, the non-profit organization which owns and operates WYBE Channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA. In 1990, WYBE debuted as one of the nation's only independent public TV stations. WYBE has served its community with international news, documentaries, and unique programs on diverse topics. In 2005, Independence Media started developing MiND, a new multi-platform television and internet channel. Deeply rooted in WYBE's local and global community orientation, MiND emphasizes learning, social awareness, and a hands-on approach to media. MiND's schedule is filled with five minute programs, half of them are made by MiND members. By providing access to individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses, MiND is reinventing television. We reach nearly six million people every day.
Founded
1986
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Giant
Boston's largest and most popular theatre company
Founded in 1982 by Boston University, The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's largest and most popular theatre company and one of the nation's most respected. The company stages its productions in two world-class venues: the historic, Broadway-style, 890-seat Boston University Theatre on Huntington Avenue, and the state-of-the-art Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, built and operated by the Huntington since 2004, houses the 370-seat Virginia Wimberly Theatre and the 200-seat Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio. Over the past two decades, the Huntington's nationally recognized education programs have served more than 200,000 middle school and high school students, and its community outreach programs bring theatre each year to the deaf and blind communities, the elderly, and other underserved populations in the Greater Boston area.
Founded
1986
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Medium
Presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society mission is to serve the Greater Philadelphia region and the field of music by presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music and recital programs performed by exceptional international and Philadelphia-based artists at affordable prices, while promoting new music and music education, collaborating with regional cultural and educational institutions, and providing high quality customer service to our audiences.
Founded
1988
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Giant
The Center of It All
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, by celebrating diversity, shall be America's foremost urban presenter of arts and entertainment, a creative and effective leader in arts education for children, a convener of useful and enlightening civic engagement events, and a catalyst for economic development in its home city of Newark. Since its opening night on October 18, 1997, NJPAC has welcomed to its stages renowned artists, cultural icons, the best of New Jersey's performers and companies, and many of the world's most cherished orchestral, dance and theatrical works. More than 10 million visitors, including over 1.5 million children, have enjoyed live entertainment or participated in special events at the Arts Center.
Founded
1989
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Medium
World-class theatre in the heart of Vermont
The Weston Playhouse Theater is Vermont's oldest professional theater company and, with its multi-stage summer festival and year-round educational and outreach programs, is dedicated to quality theater and broad community support. The Weston Playhouse Theater is a living testament to a community's belief in the arts.
Founded
1993
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Medium
Educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring Vermonters
Vermont PBS, formerly known as Vermont Public Television, is Vermont's statewide network of public television stations, covering its home state and bordering regions of New York, New Hampshire and southern Quebec, including Montreal. Its six channels broadcast from Burlington, Rutland, Windsor, St. Johnsbury, Manchester and Bennington. Vermont PBS educates, informs, entertains and inspires Vermonters to be life-long learners and engaged in their community by fostering: understanding of one another and various points of view; lifelong learning; children's readiness to learn; personal enrichment through arts, culture and entertainment; appreciation and respect for the environment and working landscape; and involvement and participation in community and civic affairs.
Founded
1992
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Large
Connecting the people of Maine to each other and to the world
Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) was formed in 1992 through the merger of the educational radio and television stations provided by the University of Maine System and WCBB public television. MPBN connects the people of Maine to each other and to the world through the open exchange of information, ideas and cultural content. As Maine's premier, independent media resource, we create exceptional opportunities for the communities we serve to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. Through its radio, television, educational and Web services, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network provides ideas, information and lifelong learning to a diverse public. The majority of these services are available to everyone at no charge. Hundreds of thousands of people find value in MPBN's services every day.
Founded
1994
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Small
Promoting an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations. NOFA Vermont was founded in Putney in 1971, making it one of the oldest organic farming associations in the United States. Today, we are proud to have over 1,300 members throughout the state and to certify over 580 farms and processors to the USDA National Organic Program Standards.
Founded
2000
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Giant
Whimsical. Contemplative. Playful.
Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre public sculpture park located in Hamilton, NJ. It was founded in 1992 on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds by J. Seward Johnson to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture for all people. Visitors to the park can enjoy the outdoor permanent collection, indoor seasonal exhibitions, and learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs including workshops for adults and children, artist residencies and lectures, tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers, as well as touch tours for the blind. In addition, the park also offers various events, a 42-acre arboretum, shopping and dining, including the high-rated fine dining destination known as Rat's Restaurant. In 2007, over 100,000 people visited Grounds For Sculpture.
Founded
1968
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Medium
Building Community through the Arts
The Arts Council of Princeton's (ACP) mission is building community through the arts. Programs include arts education, exhibitions, concerts and events in the Paul Robeson Center in downtown Princeton and throughout the community. ACP was developed with the belief that the arts and arts education: Are fundamental to a healthy society; Directly impact academic achievement and improve literacy for school students; Positively contribute to the quality of life for all area residents; Contribute significantly to economic development; Promote cross cultural understanding and appreciation.
Founded
1938
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Giant
Opera Stars of the Future
Founded in 1934, the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is the only tuition-free institution dedicated exclusively to the study of voice. The AVA's mission is to provide vocal and opera training of the highest quality to exceptionally talented and committed young singers who have the potential for international stature, and to present them in professional performances that are accessible to a wide community. Gifted singers have come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that The Academy of Vocal Arts offers. Admission into AVA's four-year program is highly competitive, with approximately 30 singers enrolled in any given year. Those who are accepted are immersed in an intensive performance program led by some of the most dedicated and inspired teachers and creative artists in the world of opera.Recent graduates include Stephen Costello, Ailyn Perez, Angela Meade, Michael Fabiano, Bryan Hymel, Eglise Gutierrez, Burak Bilgili, Ellie Dehn, and James Valenti.
Founded
2007
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Medium
Live united
Since 1925, United Way of Lancaster County has helped local contributors invest in our community. Our experience tells us that the best way to help the most people is to focus on the underlying causes of our area's most serious problems. That is why we are concentrating on critical issues such as child care, health care services, housing and education. Working with government, businesses, faith based groups, nonprofits and volunteers, United Way is creating lasting change in Lancaster County. Together, we are achieving results that no one sector can accomplish alone. Because that is what matters.
Founded
1937
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Giant
Touching the lives of music lovers worldwide
Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. The Orchestra annually touches the lives of more than one million music lovers worldwide through its performances (more than 300 concerts and other presentations each year), publications, recordings, and broadcasts. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts hosts the Orchestra's home subscription concerts. The Center includes two performance spaces, the 2,500-seat Verizon Hall, designed and built especially for the Orchestra, and the 650-seat Perelman Theater for chamber music presentations.
Founded
1932
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Giant
Providing high quality instruction and activity in music dance, and the related arts
Settlement Music School (Settlement) was founded in 1908 as the music program of the College Settlement in the Southwark section of Philadelphia. Settlement is dedicated to its mission of providing children and adults with the highest quality individual and group instruction and activity in music, dance and the related arts. Settlement provides a wide range of programs for preschool, school age children, adults and seniors. Settlement Music School is the largest community school of the arts in the United States. With six locations in South, West and Northeast Philadelphia, Germantown, Jenkintown and Camden, New Jersey, the School serves more than 15,000 students each year without regard to age, race or financial circumstances.
Founded
1960
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Medium
Stuart C. Malina, Music Director
The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra will present inspiring symphonic performances and educational programs for audiences of all ages, thereby fostering an appreciation for and knowledge of music to enrich the cultural life of Central Pennsylvania.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Offering lifelong learning through the visual arts
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, showcasing more than 2,000 years of exceptional human creativity in masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Founded in 1876, the Museum - in partnership with the city, the region, and art museums around the globe - seeks to preserve, enhance, interpret, and extend the reach of its great collections in particular, and the visual arts in general, to an increasingly diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination, and lifelong learning.
Founded
1928
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Giant
Inspiring a passion for science and technology learning
In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning. Founded in 1824, today The Institute is a vibrant 21st-century organization that continues to offer new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would both amaze and delight Mister Benjamin Franklin. The Institute has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of internationally recognized exhibitions and programs, lectures and discussions themed to illuminate issues in contemporary science, community outreach initiatives particularly targeted to girls and to urban youth, and its series of innovative partnerships in public education.
Founded
1940
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Large
Celebrating Philadelphia's artistic legacy
Housed in a gracious 19th century stone Victorian mansion on six acres in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, the Woodmere Art Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1940. Today, the permanent collection houses more than 2,500 works of art, much of it celebrating the art and artists of the Philadelphia region. Nine galleries and salons, including a grand rotunda and a uniquely designated Children's Gallery, provide superb space for exhibiting both the permanent collection and numerous special exhibits each year. Numerous public programs - lectures, tours, trips - and an impressive library and slide registry ensure that the community has ongoing access to a wide spectrum of art education resources.
Founded
1959
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Giant
News when you need it, entertainment when you want it and education when it counts.
WHYY is the Philadelphia region's prime public media service, providing programs and services on TV, radio, the Web, mobile devices and in the community. WHYY offers news and information, arts and culture and children's programming on three 24/7 TV channels. WHYY-TV carries a varied blend of the best national programming along with WHYY's local content. Y Arts focuses on how-to and cultural programming, while Y Info specializes in news and public affairs. WHYY-FM's news and information format, along with WHYY-HD radio arts and culture programs, offer the region a comprehensive radio service. WHYY is also the home of NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Most WHYY video and audio productions are available through WHYY.org. In Fall 2010, WHYY launched NewsWorks.org, a multimedia destination for regional news coupled with hyperlocal coverage of neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia. Citizen engagement is a touchstone of NewsWorks' regional coverage.
Founded
1960
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Large
Ensuring the vitality and excitement of opera in Philadelphia
Formed in 1975, the Opera Company of Philadelphia has always been and remains committed to delivering outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire. The Company presents four mainstage productions at the Academy of Music each season, and now also in a contemporary new home at the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater, plus collaborative presentations with other institutions as well as award-winning education and community outreach programs. For over 30 years the Opera Company of Philadelphia has brought audiences outstanding production quality, artistry and educational opportunities. A strong blend of traditional and innovative programming will continue to ensure the vitality and excitement of opera in Philadelphia.
Founded
1946
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Giant
Engaging, informing, and inspiring
The mission of the Allentown Art Museum is to enrich the lives of the widest possible audience of visitors to the Museum by engaging, informing, and inspiring them through the activities of collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting, and interpreting important works of visual art. Founded in 1934, the Museum offers tremendous variety and quality in its collection and exhibitions, educational and popular programs, and its busy calendar of public events. Annually we serve more than 117,000 participants, of whom more than 30% are children in school programs, after school programs, and public educational events. The Museum's collection of more than 13,000 works of art offers our regional community the opportunity to experience more than nearly 2,000 years of cultural heritage, in an accessible and visitor-friendly environment.
Founded
1961
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Giant
Deepening the appreciation, understanding and experience of the Philadelphia region's waterways
Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River. Today, the Independence Seaport Museum is an anchor attraction on Penn's Landing, attracting visitors to experience both Philadelphia's heritage and current waterfront. The Museum educates area youth groups through interactive programs in its boat shop, presents changing exhibits in its galleries and hosts visiting ships and events year-round.
Founded
1964
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Medium
Engaging minds, enriching lives, uniquely
WITF creates a shared civic and cultural life for the communities of central Pennsylvania, connecting us to each other and to opportunities for lifelong learning. WITF is a trusted, valued supplier of programs and services that both satisfy and stimulate curiosity for residents in every community in the central Pennsylvania region. Created in 1963, WITF broadcast services reach audiences in over 17 counties in central Pennsylvania. The company comprises public broadcasting stations WITF TV, WITF 89.5 & 93.3, the RadioPA Network , witf.org, WITF Educational Services, Top Flight Media, Media Solutions and regional magazine Central PA (published by The Patriot-News in an association with WITF) .
Founded
1964
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Large
One of the premier ballet companies in the nation
Since its inception in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has been at the forefront of dance in America and is widely regarded as one of the premier ballet companies in the nation. The School and Company were established by Barbara Weisberger, a Balanchine protégé, through a Ford Foundation initiative to develop regional professional dance companies. Drawing its audiences from throughout the tri-state region, Pennsylvania Ballet presents a season of six productions in Philadelphia, including the holiday spectacular, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, balancing classic ballets with new works that challenge the dancers and attract a diverse audience. The Company also tours throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in other locations in the Northeastern U.S.
Founded
1966
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Large
Advancing the best attributes of an enlightened society
WVIA Public Media is a catalyst, convener and educator, using media, partnerships, powerful ideas and programs to improve lives and advance the best attributes of an enlightened society. WVIA touches lives, influences opinion, and noticeably impacts on matters of public interest and concern, through measurably significant, differentiated local and national television and radio broadcast products and wvia.org, as well as outreach projects and educational services. Grounded in the concepts of lifelong learning, the arts, culture and quality of life, the WVIA staff relentlessly pursues excellence and relevance.
Founded
1972
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Tiny
Presenting live symphonic performances and music education to enrich and engage the people of our region.
For more than 40 years the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic has been respected and treasured as one of our region's leading cultural organizations. Our Philharmonic is a fully professional symphony orchestra, one that has gained national reputation for excellence. And how fortunate we are to have as our Maestro and Music Director, Lawrence Loh, one of the most talented young conductors in the United States! The NEPA Philharmonic's mission is to present live symphonic performances and music education at the highest level of artistic excellence, enriching, and engaging the people of our region. In addition to classic, pops and holiday concerts in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, there is a chamber music series in both cities. There are also educational concerts, including our Young Peoples Concerts, Crescendo Family Concerts, Music In Our Schools (ensembles that present programs in local schools), and our Kids in the Balcony program. To top it off, we also have our immensely popular FREE July 3 and 4 concerts!
Founded
1975
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Small
Interpreting the history and stories of African Americans
Founded in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) collects and preserves art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs, interprets the history and stories of African Americans and those of the African Diaspora. AAMP enriches the lives of all visitors, especially children and youth, using education to empower them through experiences that will enlighten them culturally and intellectually. It is a gathering place for the community, a forum for broader community engagement and a partner for collaborations with historical and cultural institutions.
Founded
1978
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Large
Engaging the region in a diverse performing arts and cinematic program
Located on the corner of George and Philadelphia Streets in downtown York, the Appel Center for the Performing Arts serves as a leading arts presenter in south central Pennsylvania. The complex encompasses five buildings, including its two historic theaters - the Capitol Theatre, built in 1906 as a one-level dance hall and opera house, and the Strand Theatre, which opened in 1925 primarily for vaudeville and silent film. The Center's mission is to enhance the quality of life in our community by engaging the region in a diverse performing arts and cinematic program through presentations, co-productions, rentals and strategic alliances which facilitate audience development, education, community interaction and economic development while ensuring the financial stability of our organization and the historic integrity of our buildings.
Founded
2004
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Tiny
Advocacy, Research, and Leadership Development for the Choral Field
Chorus America is the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. We support and serve choral conductors, administrators, board members, and singers with tools, training, peer networking, and access so that choruses are better able to contribute to their communities. Chorus America was founded in 1977 to gain recognition for professional choruses and today represents hundreds of choruses of every kind throughout North America and beyond. More than 2,000 choruses, individuals, businesses, and organizations are members of Chorus America and have access to a wide array of programs, publications, research, and personal services developed for their benefit. These services strengthen their ability to build strong organizations that foster quality choral performances.
Founded
1979
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Tiny
Promoting the appreciation, protection and revitalization of the Philadelphia region
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia actively promotes the appreciation, protection, and appropriate use and development of the Philadelphia region's historic buildings, communities and landscapes. Our task is not simply to protect the past; it is also to build public appreciation and support for the distinctive historic character of the city of Philadelphia and surrounding communities, and the assets that contribute to that character. The Alliance is also a public advocate for preservation policies and laws. No other organization performs these functions in the city of Philadelphia; no other organization takes as its mission cooperative efforts with preservation organization in all the Pennsylvania counties adjacent to Philadelphia to achieve these same objectives.
Founded
1979
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Giant
Imagine the fun
Since 1976 Please Touch Museum (PTM) has been the children's museum of Philadelphia. Our museum was the first in the nation whose target audience was families with children seven and younger. We have grown into one of the best children's museums in the nation, have become experts in play and have had our programs for under served families in the region nationally recognized. Our mission, to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, enables us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness. PTM prides itself on its scope of community programming and ongoing efforts to assess, design and implement programs that meet the evolving needs of children and families. The museum serves children of all socio-economic backgrounds by educating children and those who nurture their development.
Founded
1987
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Giant
Increasing public understanding of and appreciation for the United States Constitution
The National Constitution Center (NCC) was created by the Constitution Heritage Act in 1988. An independent, nonpartisan organization, NCC is dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance so that we the people may better secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. This is achieved through an interactive, interpretive facility within Independence National Historical Park and a program of national outreach. The NCC is both a museum that attracted one million visitors in its first 15 months of operation and an engine of civic and constitutional education for children and adults.
Founded
1988
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Giant
The art & soul of Bucks County
In 1988, the James A. Michener Art Museum opened as an independent, cultural institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Bucks County region. The Museum is named for Doylestown's most famous son, the Pulitzer-Prize winning writer and supporter of the arts who had first dreamed of a regional art museum in the early 1960s. In addition to hosting nationally touring special exhibitions and showcasing important regional artists, the Museum is home to a world class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. The Museum is housed in what began as the Bucks County prison, once a place of fear and despair; today the site has been transformed into a welcoming center of culture and beauty . . .guarding the artistic soul of Bucks County.
Founded
1995
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Giant
A unique tribute to freedom in the heart of historic Philadelphia
The National Liberty Museum, opened to the public in 2000, works to defuse violence and bigotry by celebrating America's heritage of freedom and diversity. Using stunning modern glass artwork and the stories of 2,000 heroes of liberty worldwide, our galleries seek to inspire visitors on an individual level. A resource for more than 2,000 children every month, the Museum's Education Department features interactive diversity and conflict-resolution training. The Museum's collection includes over 150 original paintings, bronzes, and glass sculptures to represent the fragile nature of liberty. The National Liberty Museum is the first institution in the world to correlate freedom with glass for the purpose of protecting our society from violence.
Founded
1996
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Medium
Restoring the historic role of the Union League of Philadelphia to the city, state and nation
The Abraham Lincoln Foundation (ALF) is recognized as a leading cultural organization in the Greater Philadelphia region, restoring the historic role of the Union League of Philadelphia to the city, state and nation. The ALF is an established leader within the Civil War community, championing Philadelphia's contributions to the Civil War. The country's foremost Lincoln scholars regard the Foundation as an important source of high-quality lectures, symposia and exhibits. As steward of priceless art, archival, manuscript, library and object collections, the ALF enables thousands of students, teachers, researchers, visitors and members to experience the history and heritage of the Union League first hand.
Founded
1996
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Medium
To enhance the well-being of the region by restoring the landmark Colonial Theatre and promoting cultural, economic, and civic life.
The 658-seat Colonial Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania at 227 Bridge Street. Opened in 1903, the Colonial is the last surviving of four theatres once existing in the borough and is the only theatre of its kind in Chester County. The theatre is owned and operated by the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit corporation, which re-opened the theatre in 1999. The Colonial's programming includes art and independent films seven nights a week, classic films, programs for young audiences, live concerts, and community events. ACT is committed to the full restoration of the Colonial as a cultural arts center. To that end, ACT presents film, live theatre, music, dance and other community events in the heart of Phoenixville's historic business district.
Founded
1998
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Large
Presenting cutting-edge artists from around the world at its year-round headquarters
Founded in 1997, FringeArts commissions, develops, and presents a range of high-quality contemporary arts, to support the artists (local, national & international) who create this work, challenge, stimulate, entertain, and educate the diverse audiences who see that work, provide opportunities for- and investment in Philadelphia- based artists in such a way as to lead to the continued growth and health of the local and regional performing arts community, engage fully in the global dialogue and global community surrounding this kind of work.
Founded
2001
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Medium
Creating experiences that deeply enrich the understanding and enjoyment of film
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)'s mission is to utilize film's unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding. It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the PFS Roxy Theater, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change.
Founded
1923
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Giant
An educational institution dedicated to appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture
The mission of the Barnes Foundation, which dates back to its founding in 1922, is the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts. In furtherance of its mission, the Barnes Foundation promotes appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes. The Foundation will engage diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders' innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.
Founded
1969
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Tiny
Igniting imagination through the art of dance
Oklahoma City Ballet's mission is to be a dance company nationally recognized for excellence in artistic diversity and as a unique leader in community participation and outreach. Oklahoma City Ballet is dedicated to providing dance education and community based performances throughout central Oklahoma. We are committed to providing experiences that will increase the understanding and appreciation of ballet, as well as a lifelong interest in the arts.
Founded
1969
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Large
Building a stronger community through the arts.
ArtsBuild is a private, nonprofit united arts fund and arts council. ArtsBuild provides a united voice for all cultural organizations and activities in Hamilton County. At the heart of our mission is thinking globally about the arts in Chattanooga. ArtsBuild is looking at the overall arts picture and is leading the charge to ensure a healthy arts environment that sets the path for future generations. Our efforts will play a vital role in making Chattanooga an arts destination, increasing tourism and making our community even more attractive to prospective employers looking for a home.
Founded
1969
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Making Great Music Personal
The mission of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is to enrich and connect our community through intimate and transformative musical experiences which exemplify and foster artistic excellence, education and innovation. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry's most gifted musicians. During its 44-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
Founded
1969
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Presenting and creating excellent and innovative performing arts programs
The mission of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is to present and create excellent and innovative performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants. As America's national park for the performing arts, Wolf Trap plays a valuable leadership role in both the local and national performing arts communities. Through a wide range of artistic and education programs, Wolf Trap enhances our nation's cultural life and ensures that the arts remain accessible and affordable to the broadest possible audience.
Founded
1969
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Aspiring to be the West Coast's Premier intimate theater
Founded in 1966, Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area's premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season of provocative plays by passionate playwrights from the 20th century and today in our 231-seat main stage theater, as well as a four-show Family Series for Young Audiences in our 99-seat studio theater. We are committed to the development and production of new plays by American playwrights, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards, readings and workshops by the nation's best emerging playwrights and membership in the National New Play Network. Our numerous education programs serve more than 8,500 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year.
Founded
1970
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A vibrant summer music festival
Since its inception in 1962, the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) has earned the reputation as one of the most vibrant summer music festivals in the country. Originally produced by an organization known as the Fine Arts Guild as part of the Jackson Hole Fine Arts Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival's first several seasons included dance, film, and visual arts as well as music. Today, musicians from America's great orchestras and music school faculties gather annually to form a resident orchestra that performs weekly concerts of symphonic music, as well as chamber music, in the breathtaking setting of the Grand Tetons. In addition to the Festival's summer season and a series of winter concerts, year-round education and outreach programming (now including 12 Met Opera HD broadcasts) has become an integral part of the Festival's mission. These programs reach more than 20,000 young students, musicians, and adults each year.
Founded
1970
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Public television for central Illinois
Founded in 1969, the primary purpose of Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation (IVPTC) is to provide non-commercial public television to the Peoria community. IVPTC owns the station WTVP, which broadcasts PBS programming and other national content.
Founded
1969
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Film lives here.
America's pre-eminent film presentation organization, the Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience. The Film Society is best known for two world-class international festivals—the New York Film Festival (the most famous and prestigious in the country), and New Directors/New Films (celebrating new cinematic artists).
Founded
1968
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Preserving and exploring the entire Chesapeake Bay's history, environment, traditions, and culture.
Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM's campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. CBMM holds the nation's most complete collection of Chesapeake Bay artifacts, visual arts, and indigenous water craft. Education programs are engaged by all ages, with on-the-water opportunities for students & guests. Exhibitions and public programs cover a range of Bay maritime history and culture-including the Bay's unique watercraft and boatbuilding traditions, navigation, waterfowling, boating, seafood harvesting, and recreation. CBMM's Annual Fund supports the education, exhibition, and restoration programs of the Museum.
Founded
1970
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Delivering a direct experience of the art of our time
Founded in 1927, The Henry Art Gallery was the first public art museum in the state of Washington. The Henry engages diverse audiences in the powerful experience of artistic invention and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new work that inspires and challenges. Exhibitions, collections, and public programs stimulate research and teaching at the University of Washington, provide a creative wellspring for artists, and reveal a record of modern artistic inquiry from the advent of photography in the mid-19th century to the multidisciplinary art and design of the 21st.
Founded
2000
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The Academy is an Experience
The Academy of Fine Arts, anchored by the historic Academy of Music Theatre, inspires, engages and educates the diverse population of Central Virginia in the performing and visual arts. We are a leading arts and entertainment destination offering experiences that delight the senses, stimulate the imagination, and engage people of all ages and backgrounds.
Founded
1970
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See what you think...
The San Jose Museum of Art reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. Through its exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and collections, SJMA connects the present and the past, the art of the West Coast and the world. The Museum fosters awareness of artists' broad contributions to society and engages audiences with the art of our time and the vitality of the creative process.
Founded
1970
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The Soul of the City
The mission of the King Arts Complex is to preserve, celebrate and teach the cultural and historic heritage of African Americans and the African American experience while developing greater understanding and harmony among all people through exhibits, the performing arts and educational youth programs.
Founded
1970
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Working to create an environment that allows for the presentation o the finest quality music
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra enhances lives by achieving the highest standards in live symphonic music and music education. Mobile Symphony was established in 1970 as Symphony Concerts of Mobile. Its mission was to present excellent touring orchestras for six evening concerts. Today, the Mobile Symphony Orchestra works to create an environment that allows for the presentation of the finest quality music, attract and hire exemplary musicians and high quality teachers, and expand music education and performance opportunities for all students.
Founded
1969
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Promoting the growth and progress of the North Carolina Museum of Art
The North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation works to foster and promote the growth, progress and general welfare of the North Carolina Museum of Art, which houses the art collections of the State of North Carolina. Currently closed for renovations, the Museum's new 127,000-square-foot building will open in April 2010, creating a beautiful home for the permanent collection with dramatically expanded exhibition space highlighted by day-lit galleries. Encompassing 164 acres of fields, woodlands, and creeks, the Museum Park presents a unique setting to explore the intersection between art and nature.
Founded
1971
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Preserving and presenting the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico
The Museum of South Texas History first opened its doors in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the old Hidalgo County jail. The mission of the Museum of South Texas History is to preserve and present the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. In 2003 the Museum completed a $5.5 million expansion, including a 22,500 square foot wing that includes the Museum Store, Grand Lobby, and permanent exhibits. As part of the 2003 expansion, the Museum installed the first two sections of the Rio Grande Legacy. This permanent exhibit sequence, with bilingual text and state of the art displays, takes visitors on a journey through the prehistory and history of the region.
Founded
1970
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New voices. New works. New perspectives
Founded in 1970, Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) is committed to bringing theatre to the widest possible audience. Initiatives which enable MTC's work to reach an ever-growing range of theatre-goers include moving successful plays originally produced at MTC's New York City Center home to larger Broadway or Off-Broadway venues for an extended run; originating certain productions in larger venues; collaborating with leading regional theatres to bring major new American plays to New York; and bringing student and family audiences to our theatres through the ambitious Education program.
Founded
1970
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Entertaining, enriching, and educating our communities
The Sarasota Opera began producing operas in 1974 as the Asolo Opera Guild; today, it continues to produce opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich, and educate our communities, as well as patrons from across the state and around the world. An internationally respected producer of the highest quality professional opera, it fosters artistic excellence, diversity, and vitality in the Sarasota area by producing opera as a living art form through performances and composition; offering a stage for American-trained principal artists; producing high-caliber Apprentice and Studio Artist programs; owning, maintaining, and operating the Opera House as a year-round facility; and promoting and increasing public knowledge and appreciation of opera.
Founded
1971
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The power of dance
Founded in December of 1969, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) has toured extensively throughout its history to 28 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, with a repertoire rich in classics, and works by contemporary choreographers. PBT's Ballet School features a unique program for its high school age students in collaboration with Pittsburgh's Schenley High School, which offers an opportunity for education concurrent with rigorous professional ballet training. An understanding of PBT's impact on the community has led to comprehensive program of Arts Education and Community Engagement initiatives that deepen the experience in the arts for many who would not otherwise be exposed to the performing arts.
Founded
1971
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Promoting the understanding and appreciation of art and science
The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of art and science to enrich the lives of all people. Originally built as a private home in 1853, in 1908 the property was bequeathed by Robert Moffat Bruce to the Town of Greenwich. In time, growing audiences required larger facilities and the Museum was renovated and expanded. The dramatic new facility, designed by Shope Reno Wharton, opened in 1993. It features 8,000 square feet of gallery space with state-of-the-art amenities. In 1998 the Bruce Museum received accreditation from the American Association of Museums, an honor granted to fewer than 5% of all museums. Drawing from its own collection, from loans and from traveling exhibitions, the Museum hosts approximately 16 exhibitions per year.
Founded
1971
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Fostering awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time
The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (CAC) is a noncollecting institution founded in 1952 to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. Regularly changing exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown. By balancing its four primary activities--gallery exhibitions, studio art classes, educational outreach programs and outdoor art shows--the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia seeks to involve a diverse regional public in the rich and active language of contemporary visual art. CAC also offers a wide variety of art exploration programs that enhance your knowledge of contemporary art.
Founded
1971
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Serving and helping to advance the dance field for more than 40 years.
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) is the Central Gulf region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to dance. Incorporated in 1969, NOBA has been serving and helping to advance the dance field for more than 40 years with a mission to cultivate understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of dance through performance, education, and community service.
Founded
1971
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Enhancing the vitality of San Diego
La Jolla Music Society carries forward a distinguished tradition reaching back to the Musical Arts Society of La Jolla founded in 1941 by Nikolai Sokoloff, former conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. La Jolla Music Society aims to enhance the vitality and deepen the cultural life of San Diego by presenting and producing a dynamic range of performing arts for our increasingly diverse community. La Jolla Music Society's annual events are an important part of San Diego's cultural life; they continue to reflect the careful planning and fiscal conservatism, combined with imaginative and innovative programming, which have formed the basis of La Jolla Music Society's success.
Founded
1972
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Representing the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America
El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists in East Harlem's Spanish-speaking El Barrio. Since then, El Museo has evolved into New York's leading Latino cultural institution, having expanded its mission to represent the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America. As the only museum in New York City that specializes in representing these cultures, El Museo del Barrio continues to have a significant impact on the cultural life of New York City and is now a major stop on Manhattan's Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue. El Museo del Barrio thrives on the sustained excellence of its collections, exhibitions and public programming.
Founded
1972
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We tell stories worth singing
Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona each season. We are among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city. Arizona Opera elevates the transformative power of storytelling through music-- cultivating community and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.
Founded
1972
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Northeast Indiana's PBS station
The mission of Fort Wayne Public Television, PBS39 WFWA-DT is to provide high quality telecommunications services which enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve through educational, informational, cultural and entertaining programs and services. We strive to: complement the educational opportunities for individuals of all ages; reinforce the joy of learning in children; promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of liberal arts fields of science, nature, history and the fine and performing arts; prompt informed thought and present alternative perspectives about public affairs; build a sense of community by addressing current local and statewide topics; and to serve as a unique entertainment alternative which differs in character and content from routine commercial broadcast services.
Founded
1972
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Supporting the Israel Museum in Jerusalem
The purpose of the American Friends of the Israel Museum is to foster and encourage the development of liberal arts by obtaining works of art and archaeology for the Israel Museum and by obtaining and making grants and contributions to the Israel Museum. Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. The Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects.
Founded
1972
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Securing the financial future of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
It is the mission of American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) to secure the financial future of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) so that it may continue to travel throughout the world bringing its message of peace and cultural understanding through music. AFIPO supports the Orchestra's international touring program, educational projects, a wide array of musical activities in Israel and an endowment fund to fu