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Strengthening Local Arts Organizations

Local arts and cultural institutions bring both critical economic and social impact, serving as anchors for communities. Through unique programs and partnerships, Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping local arts and culture organizations continue innovating and enriching their communities.

Arts Innovation and Management

The Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program seeks to build the organizational capacity and governance of small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations. Piloted in New York City in 2011, this invitation-only grant program is currently working with 229 organizations in seven cities across the country — Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.

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A backstage workshop hosted by Colorado Opera, a Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management grantee.
A backstage workshop hosted by Colorado Opera, a Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management grantee.

Bloomberg Arts Internship

Immersive summer programs and internships have a significant impact on a student’s development — putting them in a better position to succeed in the classroom and gain the experience they need to have success in their future careers. The Bloomberg Arts Internship program is working to help young people develop the skills and give them the tools they need by providing students in Baltimore, Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia with work experience at select cultural institutions, as well as work-readiness and college-preparation training.

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Bloomberg Arts Interns in New York City present their end-of-program internship projects.
Bloomberg Arts Interns in New York City present their end-of-program internship projects.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

In 2006, Mike Bloomberg became the chair of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the country’s principal institution to honor the memories of the victims, preserve the history, and explore the complex impact of the 9/11 attacks. During his time as mayor, Mike and his administration spearheaded the planning and development of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

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The symbolic “Last Column,” a steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers, stands near the slurry wall that held back the Hudson River from the site.
The symbolic “Last Column,” a steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers, stands near the slurry wall that held back the Hudson River from the site.

Perelman Performing Arts Center

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center is designed to be a unique venue for theater, dance, music, and chamber opera, offering artists new possibilities for theatrical design and innovative work. The Center is considered the final piece of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site.

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Rendering of the upcoming Perelman Performing Arts Center in downtown Manhattan, a new multidisciplinary venue offering opportunities to create and present original work in theater, dance, music, and chamber opera.
Rendering of the upcoming Performing Arts Center in downtown Manhattan, a new multidisciplinary venue offering opportunities to create and present work in theater, dance, music, and chamber opera. Design Architect REX, Executive Architect Davis Brody Bond, Image Luxigon/The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center

The Shed

Since it opened in the spring of 2019, The Shed has rapidly become a fixture of New York’s cultural scene. Designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture, it is driven by experimentation and collaboration. Bloomberg Philanthropies gave $75 million toward the capital campaign for the new institution.

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A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting at Hudson Yards’ The Shed, ahead of the art center’s opening.
A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting at Hudson Yards’ The Shed, ahead of the art center’s opening.

Top photo: Dancer from the Dallas Black Dance Company, a Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management grantee.