Announcing the 2016 MAP Fund Grantees!

Seeds (Working title) by Nicole Klaymoon, Shakti Butler, d. Sabela Grimes. Photo by Andrew Weeks from Nicole Klaymoon's Embodiment Project.

New York, NY – April 26, 2016

The MAP Fund proudly announces the selection of 36 new, live performance works that will receive a total of $1.1 million in direct support for project development and premiere. Primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MAP is an affiliate program of Creative Capital.

Established in 1989, MAP is among the longest-running grant programs in arts philanthropy, having supported over 1,120 new works of performance with a total of $28 million. MAP invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining and — ultimately — creating a more equitable and vibrant society.

To achieve this goal each year MAP hires peer artists and administrators who work independently, in communities, and in institutions across the United States. This cohort is tasked with identifying as many different notions of experimentation as the applicant pool provides — this year’s total pool numbered 790 — ultimately selecting the 36 proposals that capture their imaginations and convey a sense of great social urgency.

MAP Fund Program Director, Moira Brennan, said,

MAP has always been a place where artists can seek support for their boldest ideas. This year’s list rightly reflects the intensity of this cultural and political moment in stunningly original ways. We’re honored to be able to play a part in the realization of these projects and the impact they will have in the world.

This year’s projects reflect a wide range of distinctive and exciting approaches to creating new work and engaging with the world. Reflecting upon themes that surfaced and resonated among the applicant pool, panelist Thomas F. DeFrantz noted,

White privilege, as something that needs to be scrutinized and dismantled, seemed to bubble through many of the proposals. There were many unusual collaborations or ‘workings alongside each other’ that seemed urgent to imagine new circumstances for creativity; this seems timely as we figure out how to share a more-resource-poor planet as best we can.” Read more 

Please join us in celebrating the boldness of artistic vision among the following grantees:

Thank you to the following individuals who served on this year’s final panel:

Christopher Acebo Designer, Associate Artistic Director Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR)
Thomas F. DeFrantz Professor & Chair Duke University, SLIPPAGE:Performance | Culture | Technology (NC)
Bridgit Antoinette Evans President & Founder Fuel Change (NY)
Adam Fong Composer & Performer, Executive Director Center for New Music (CA)
Rudresh Mahanthappa Saxophonist & Composer (NY)
Joan Osato Photographer, Designer, Producing Director Youth Speaks (CA)
Reuben Tomás Roqueñi Program Officer William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (CA)
Risa Shoup Executive Director Fourth Arts Block (NY)
Jess Solomon Director Art in Praxis, President Alternate ROOTS, Chief Weaver of Social Fabric USDAC (DC)
Shanta Thake Director Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater (NY)
David Thomson Choreographer & Performer (NY)

Read more about the panelists’ experiences.

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