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​Building Bridges

Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

Building Bridges​: Arts, Culture and Identity

APAP is pleased to announce funding for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity grant program. In September 2016, APAP will award up to 8 presenting organizations with 29-month project grants of up to $170,000 each. Grantees are expected to plan and maximize resources collaboratively with campus-wide and external community partners in order to engage targeted populations – with a primary focus on young people born after 1980 (the “millennial” population). 

The overarching goal of this program is to increase cross-cultural knowledge and understanding by engaging young people and other audiences in performances and interdisciplinary activities that focus on arts and culture that has roots in contemporary Muslim-majority regions of the world. This is to be accomplished by engaging with artists who, through their work, exemplify the layered and diverse cultural identities of Muslims living in the U.S. and around the world.

Photo from Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity 
by Ping Chong and Company at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.​

Applications Now Closed

​​​​​​Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity applications were due Thursday, March 3, 2016. All applicants who submitted their materials by the deadline were notified regarding the status of their application by Friday, April 15, 2016. Semi-finalists were selected and invited to apply for Round II, and finalists will be announced in September 2016.

Questions? Contact Danielle Rohar, programs associate, at drohar@artspresente​

Building Bridges: Campus Community Engag​ement

APAP's Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement grants program follows upon the accomplishments and lessons learned from the Creative Campus Innovations grants program established in January 2006. Building Bridges supports U.S.-based performing arts presenting organizations interested in building interdisciplinary cross-campus and community collaborations that expand awareness, knowledge and understanding of Muslim societies. Grantees plan and maximize resources collaboratively with campus-based and external community partners in order to engage targeted populations, with a primary focus on young people born after 1980 (the “millennial” population).

Six campus presenting organizations were awarded in December 2013 for their ability to engage student and community populations and to increase knowledge and understanding of Muslim cultures through the performing arts. Projects will take place from January 2014 through April 2017. Hear directly from grantees​ to find out more by listening to an audio recording of the APAP|NYC 2015 session, Building Bridges Grants: Arts, Culture and Muslim Societies​. Also, explore the different projects and websites here to learn more about their dynamic programming.​

Photo of a living room performance from the Midnimo program at the Cedar and Augsburg College.

Inside Arts article on the Building Bridges grant program

Ever since the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001, an idea had been brewing in the mind of Ping Chong, the New York-based writer-director. He wanted to make a theater piece about Muslims in America. Steven Hitt, the performing arts center's artistic producing director, has a longtime interest in theater for social change. To Hitt, who commissioned Beyond Sacred (funded by APAP's Building Bridges grant), the simplicity and directness of "undesirable elements" makes it a powerful tool for breaking down prejudice - even more than other theater pieces that have been part of the initiative.

Learn more about how the Building Bridges grant program helps challenge stereotypes in this Inside Arts article.

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