MAP invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining—and ultimately co-creating—a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP awards $1 million annually, historically to around 45 projects in the range of $10,000–$45,000 per grant. In 2020, MAP awarded $1.3 million in grants to 171 performing artists and arts organizations, more than four times the usual number of grantees.

The grant supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States.

Funded projects address these concerns through the processes of creating and distributing live performance to the public, and/or through the content and themes of the work itself. MAP is committed to intersectional anti-racism, and strives to only fund anti-oppressive project language, structures, or content.

The program pursues its mission by annually reconsidering its application and review process based on constituent feedback and an ongoing effort to create the conditions necessary to support a thriving arts and culture field. 

MAP staff is currently carefully reconsidering our program’s guidelines and parameters as we move into our 2021 grant cycle.