SEED

SEED is a combination of risk capital and value added support to early stage, groundbreaking projects in ten cities across the United States: Atlanta, Boise, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, and New Orleans. Past grants have focused on innovation in arts and culture. Identified by local cultural leaders, the foundation provided grants to small- to mid-size arts organizations at their earliest operational stages, even before those organizations may have had structures in place to execute other fundraising activities. The grants allowed leadership to shore up their capacity so that they could focus instead on expanding and enriching their local cultural landscape.

In 2016, the Foundation will expand the SEED program to Appalachia (Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia), Houston, and Santa Fe, as well as deepen its support in Detroit and New Orleans. Moving into Appalachia and Santa Fe will allow SEED funding to reach more rural and indigenous communities, while deepening investment in Detroit and New Orleans will further fuel these cities as hotbeds for exceptional cultural practices.

Watch this video capturing last year’s SEED Summit in Captiva, FL >

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Atlanta, Georgia

Dashboard Co-op
Atlanta, Georgia
glo
Atlanta, Georgia
Living Walls
Atlanta, Georgia
The Lucky Penny
Atlanta, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Off Center Dance
Boise, Idaho
Story Story Night
Boise, Idaho

Buffalo, New York

Signal Culture
Buffalo, New York
Sugar City
Buffalo, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

convergence-continuum
Cleveland, Ohio
Ensemble Theatre
Cleveland, Ohio
Morrison Dance
Cleveland, Ohio

Detroit, Michigan

Allied Media Projects
Detroit, Michigan
Heidelberg Project
Detroit, Michigan
Power House Productions
Detroit, Michigan

Kansas City, Missouri

Black House Collective
Kansas City, Missouri
FOKL
Kansas City, Missouri
Front/Space
Kansas City, Missouri
The Fishtank Performance Studio
Kansas City, Missouri

New Orleans, Louisiana

Congo Square Preservation Society
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mondo Bizarro
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Fringe Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
Press Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
Umoja Committee
New Orleans, Louisiana

Phoenix, Arizona

BlackPoet Ventures
Phoenix, Arizona

Portland, Oregon

Conduit Dance
Portland, Oregon
Performance Works NorthWest
Portland, Oregon

Providence, Rhode Island

Dirt Palace
Providence, Rhode Island
Magic Lantern Cinema
Providence, Rhode Island
R.K. Projects
Providence, Rhode Island
The Avenue Concept
Providence, Rhode Island