Since 1989, the Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund has disbursed over $27 million to more than 1,000 aesthetically-diverse, formally innovative, and socially relevant performance projects. By a conservative estimate, the work we have supported has touched more than two million audience members in every region of the U.S., and internationally. As we ring in the new year, we wanted to share some big news for a new era of the MAP Fund.
MAP Fund Becomes Independent Organization
In April 2016, MAP Fund realized a long-time goal of becoming an independent 501c3 charitable organization. This major move forward, which follows 12 initial years inside the Rockefeller Foundation, which founded the program, and 15 additional years of fiscal sponsorship by Creative Capital, will allow MAP to seek more diverse funding sources and pursue new opportunities for growth and advancement. In the coming months and years, we will continue to collaborate with Creative Capital while also pursuing a range of new partnerships aligned with our urgently relevant mission.
Thank You to Our Funders for Their Renewed Commitment to MAP
We are ever grateful to our primary funders, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for not only renewing but substantially increasing their support for MAP’s program through 2020. We are now empowered to increase our own investment in live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry and challenge cultural hierarchies, while continuing to offer professional development support to artists.
Investigating Equity in Grantmaking Processes
In December 2016, MAP Fund was honored to receive a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to lead an investigation into equity in the panel process among grant making organizations in the arts, with collaborative engagement from the Jerome Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Theatre Communications Group. Since its founding, MAP has been deeply committed to an open, inclusive application process designed to identify bold new voices that reflect the diversity of the American cultural landscape. We are proud of the rigorous process we have developed, but we know that there is much more that we and the field can do to ensure equitable, inclusive evaluation and panel discussions. We look forward to working with many of our peer organizations in the coming months to increase transparency, identify and dismantle hidden biases, and ensure that all voices are honored.
2017 MAP Grant Update
Many thanks to all of the artists and organizations who applied for a 2017 MAP Fund grant. We received nearly 1,000 applications! We are currently reviewing them and organizing the application review panels. Keep an eye out for the announcement of the 2017 MAP Grantees in April of this year.
In this moment, where public rhetoric and, increasingly, public policy puts the very lives of some artists and their communities at risk, we say to our LGBTQ and immigrant friends, to our POC and differently abled friends, to our women friends, and to all our otherwise disenfranchised friends: We see you. We hear you. Your voices, your lives, your bodies, your stories, your images, and your perspectives are critical to the humanity of this nation. We will continue to work with you, and for you, toward a compassionate, equitable, and truly democratic society.
We are grateful to you, our core community, for your fellowship and support. If you have ideas for ways that we could work together to advance the field of live performance, we would love to hear from you!
Moira Brennan, Lauren Slone, Kim Savarino
The MAP Fund Staff