Yale Repertory Theater announced on Monday that it had received a $950,000 gift from the Robina Foundation, a Minnesota-based nonprofit group. The gift will go toward supporting the Yale Center for New Theater.
In a community where we often hear the names McKnight, Jerome and Bush bandied about when it comes to philanthropy and the arts, Robina may come as a relative unknown. And there's a reason for that. The foundation, created by James H. Binger, was set up to support just four institutions: Abbott Northwestern Hospital, The Council on Foreign Relations, University of Minnesota Law School, and Yale University.
However folks close to the funding world will readily recognize the Binger name. James H. Binger married Virginia McKnight, the daughter of William and Maude McKnight, of the McKnight Foundation. Several Binger family members currently serve on the McKnight Foundation board.
According to a release from the SPCO, the grant will "provide creative capital for artistic development, including projects such as major commissions, an annual composer in residence, and collaborations with artists and institutions outside the realm of classical music."
The grant also funds the hiring of artistic advisors and producers who will work to support the development of multi-media activities, humanities projects, and other new programming. To that end the SPCO has engaged Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of The Juilliard School and former Senior Director and Artistic Advisor at Carnegie Hall, as Senior Advisor for this work.
In addition, the grant will fund the creation of a staff position responsible for producing digital content and funding mobile applications.
Posted at 4:08 PM on July 20, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Museums
The Walker Art Center is looking a for a few good curators - and you could be one of them.
In a news release sent out this afternoon, the Walker announced that the staff and the public will co-curate an exhibition titled 50/50: Audience and Experts Curate the Paper Collection, slated for December.
Starting August 1, visitors to the Walker can cast their vote at a kiosk in the "Benches and Binoculars" gallery, or folks can curate from the comfort of their couch, by visiting the Walker online. Voting ends September 15.
So first the Minneapolis Institute of Arts wanted you to try your hand at curating, now the Walker Art Center wants you to help plan an upcoming show. What I want to know is, can we put this on our resumés?