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Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Announces Recipients of 2012 SEED Grants 


                                     Robert Rauschenberg
                  Postcard Self Portrait, Black Mountain (I), 1952
                                       Gelatin silver print




                             SEED GRANT PROGRAM


Twenty emerging arts organizations receive three years of operating support as a surprise award

November 12th, 2012 (New York, NY) - The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) has identified twenty ground-breaking small arts organizations to receive grant awards in five key geographies: Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans, Portland, Oregon, and Providence, Rhode Island.  These organizations did not apply for the grant but were identified by local cultural leaders, researched by RRF, and highlighted through this national effort to focus and support great work across the United States.  The SEED grants award will provide these organizations $10,000 per year for three years in much-needed operating capital.

"There is nothing more rewarding than giving unrestricted support and providing broader recognition to deserving organizations.  Robert Rauschenberg was known for supporting artists at the earliest stages in their careers in generous, surprising and unrestricted ways. This program reflects that spirit"  said Christy MacLear, executive director of the Foundation.  

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation asked for nominations from organizations such as Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, MCA Detroit, Ashe Cultural Center, Arts Council of New Orleans, Regional Arts & Culture Council of Portland, AS220, and the RRF board members.  This is the pilot year for the SEED grants and RRF hopes to expand to additional cities in 2013 and will rotate its nominators. 2013 SEED grantees will be announced late August, 2013. 


List of SEED grantees 2012:


Dashboard Co-op                          

The Lucky Penny                          

Living Walls, the City Speaks       


Eyedrum Gallery of Art and Music  


The Heidelberg Project                

Power House Production            

Allied Media Projects                    


New Orleans:

The Congo Square Preservation Society

Umoja Committee                          

Antenna Gallery/Press Street       

New Orleans Fringe, Inc.               

Mondo Bizarro                              


Portland, Oregon:

Performance Works Northwest    

Conduit Dance                                

Shaking the Tree                            



RK Projects                                        

Magic Lantern Cinema                     

The Dirt Palace                                  

The Avenue Concept                     


About the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF)

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was formed by Robert Rauschenberg in 1990 to promote awareness of the causes and groups close to his heart. Activities of the foundation include managing the artwork, exhibition, and scholarship of Robert Rauschenberg as well as the growth of the philanthropic programs that intersect art and issues central to Robert Rauschenberg's concerns during his lifetime. The foundation's vision, mission, and strategy are coordinated to promote the founder's values and ensure that all endeavors express the essence of Rauschenberg's legacy.

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