January 23, 2019

Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Names 2019 Art and Social Justice Grantees

NEW YORK—The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation has announced the fifty-seven recipients of its fourth annual art and social-justice grants. Selected for their commitment to using art as a tool for advocacy and to effect social change, the New York–based organizations will receive financial support for educational programs, activist initiatives, and artist residencies, as well as for exhibitions, special projects, and operations.

This year’s cohort includes smaller organizations that are at the forefront of using cultural production to address contemporary issues such as LGBTQ rights, distributive justice, court diversion for youth, and domestic violence. Grantees include Fourth Arts Block, Disability/Arts/NYC, Jack, Alice Austen House, Photo Requests from Solitary (A Project of Solitary Watch), Wendy’s Subway, and Forward Union. Among the larger institutions receiving funding are El Museo del Barrio, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Queens Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

The foundation is also contributing to a number of professional development programs for emerging arts professionals such as the Caribbean Cultural Center’s African Diaspora Institute’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship, No Longer Empty’s NLE Curatorial Lab, and Art Beyond Sight’s Art and Disability Residency Toolkit.

“As in previous years, we are supporting organizations that facilitate creative programs of the highest artistic caliber, with an unwavering commitment to social and political engagement and a proven capacity to involve historically overlooked audiences,” Sara Reisman, the foundation’s executive and artistic director, said in a statement.

The 2019 grant recipients are as follows:

A.I.R. Gallery

Anthology Film Archives

Art Beyond Sight

BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

BOMB magazine

Brooklyn Public Library

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)

Cave Canem Foundation

Center for Urban Pedagogy

Creative Time, Inc.

CUE Art Foundation

Culture Push

Dance Theatre Etcetera

Dancing in the Streets


El Museo del Barrio


Forward Union

Fourth Arts Block


Feminist Press

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

Freshkills Park Alliance

Friends of Alice Austen House

Friends of Materials for the Arts Gibney

Heidi Latsky Dance


ISSUE Project Room


Laundromat Project

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

More Art

Movement Research

Museum of Chinese in America


No Longer Empty

Nuyorican Poets Café



Photo Requests from Solitary (A Project of Solitary Watch)

Queens Museum

Queens Theatre


Residency Unlimited

Social Practice Queens (SPQ)

Socrates Sculpture Park

Studio in a School

Studio Museum in Harlem

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

Triangle Arts Association

viBe Theater Experience

Visual AIDS

Wendy’s Subway

Working Artists and the Greater Economy

Young New Yorkers

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