Apr 21, 2016

Sundance Grant

Still from Catching the Sun, a new film by director Shalini Kantayya

We are excited to announce a new initiative developed in collaboration with Sundance Institute that will support films and emerging media projects that tackle one of the most critical issues of our time - climate change and the urgent need for action. This initiative will identify and fund the creation of four projects, which focus on stories that address climate change with the goal of inspiring action. As part of this joint initiative, filmmakers and climate change experts will have the opportunity to come together for a Climate Change Lab in 2017 at the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island.

This collaboration between the Foundation and Sundance brings together two organizations with deep connections to the environment.  Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive.

Risë Wilson, our Director of Philanthropy, said, “Sundance has a long history of nurturing new works of the highest caliber and giving them global reach. This commitment to artistic excellence, combined with an equally held concern for environmental sustainability shared by our founders makes this a natural partnership.”

The first project in this series, the documentary Catching the Sun, will premiere on Netflix on April 22, the 46th annual Earth Day. Telling the stories of an unlikely group of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, it brings attention to the global race to lead the clean energy future. The Foundation and Sundance Institute will also support the film’s public education campaign, which seeks to empower local communities across the country with the tools to advocate for energy efficiency.

Watch the trailer for Catching the Sun >

Learn more about our collaboration> 

Apr 20, 2016

Robert Rauschenberg in front of beach house

Rauschenberg in front of the Fish House with Global Chute (Kabal American Zephyr) (1982), Captiva, Florida, circa 1982. Photo: Terry Van Brunt

Throughout his career, Robert Rauschenberg used his platform as an artist to increase knowledge about global issues and to raise money for many causes and organizations.

The safekeeping of the environment and the notion of individual responsibility for the welfare of life on earth was one of Rauschenberg’s key causes. This commitment to the environment that extended throughout various aspects of his work and life took focus in 1970 when he purchased his first tract of land on Captiva Island. Rauschenberg viewed his residence in Captiva as dependent on the natural environment of the island. He therefore focused on the maintenance of this land as a natural habitat throughout his lifetime. Images from the surrounding landscape and wildlife, as well as of issues that affected the island such as water conservation, served as regular inspiration for his work. Over the course of forty years, he bought historic cottages and adjacent land to preserve and protect it from encroaching commercial development, and undertook a significant restoration of the landscape after Hurricane Charley in 2004.

Today the property remains intact as a pristine natural environment, hosting more than seventy artists each year for month-long residencies in Rauschenberg’s former home and studio.

, Truce (Scenario), 2003

Truce (Scenario), 2003


Apr 14, 2016

Residency 19 Headshots

Rising Waters Confab II will bring together the perspectives of architects, artists, scientists, and writers to address issues of climate change. Visit the Artists in Residence page to learn more about this diverse group of creative thinkers.