Nov 18, 2015


Shiree Teng facilitating a workshop during the 2014 SEED Summit. Video by Dancing Camera

Three years ago, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation launched SEED, a grant program to support groundbreaking projects in ten cities across the United States. Today the Foundation is pleased to announce that it will expand the SEED program to Appalachia, Houston, and Santa Fe in 2016, 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.

Over the next several months, the Foundation will work with local nominators in each area to identify arts organizations or projects that may have been under the radar to date but are exemplars in pushing the boundaries of their medium, pursuing new operating models, or otherwise contributing to the innovation of their local cultural landscape.

The Foundation’s decision to expand the program follows the success of its pilot support to 36 cultural projects in Atlanta, Boise, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, and New Orleans. Grantees frequently point to the transformative impact of SEED’s angel investment as well as the ability to gather in Captiva with peers from across the country. Program participants have been able to build their administrative capacity, plan for the future, as well as form a lasting learning community. The program has also yielded artistic collaborations across regions. The next cohort of SEED grantees will be announced in Spring 2016.

To learn more about the SEED:

Find out more about the most recent SEED grantees.

Nov 16, 2015

Rauschenberg and a Tibetan official at the opening ceremony for ROCI TIBET, Revolutionary Exhibition Hall, Lhasa, December 5, 1985. Photo: Thomas Buehler

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation joins Artsy in congratulating artists Andrew Dines, Matthew Flores, Jeffrey Gomez, Ana Lucia Rivero, and Ziyang Wu, whose works will be included in a digital format in the upcoming exhibition, The ROCI Road to Peace: Experiments in the Unfamiliar. The selection of artists was made by Nicole Bray, curator of the exhibition and winner of the 2014 inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition. Through an international call for submissions on Artsy, students were asked to submit artworks that shared the ethos of the original Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI, 1984-91), to foster cross-cultural understanding and promote peace through art. Applicants came from Brazil, France, Iran, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The ROCI Road to Peace will be held at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland from December 5, 2015 – March 6, 2016 and will complement related exhibitions, Robert Rauschenberg: ROCI Works from the National Gallery of Art and Robert Rauschenberg: Kyoto, Sri Lanka, and Thai Drawings, both curated by Anke Van Wagenberg.

To learn more about the selected artists, please visit Artsy

Nov 10, 2015

Visit the Artists in Residence page to learn about the Residency 15 artists.