$2 Million from the Ford Foundation and $1 Million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Provide Founding Support for Apollo New Works for the Development and Presentation of World Premieres by Camille A. Brown, Stefon Harris, Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, Ebony Noelle Golden, Ballet Hispánico, Daniel Bernard Roumain & BANDALOOP, Black Gotham Experience, Soul Science Lab, The New Black Fest, and Talvin Wilks
The Apollo Theater announced today its first multi-work commissioning
initiative dedicated to the creation of a diverse, 21st century American performing arts canon, Apollo New Works. Made possible with the support of a $2 million grant from the Ford Foundation for the creation of new work by artists of color, the initiative is also funded by a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Apollo’s Master Artist in Residency, a central component of the program. Apollo New Works extends the non-profit Apollo Theater’s commitment to the articulation and projection of the African American and African diasporic narrative. Many of the works will premiere at the Apollo’s new theaters at the Victoria, scheduled to open in fall 2020. Apollo New Works will provide audience access to some of the commissions while in process and allow artists to respond to and be inspired by Harlem, the Apollo Theater, and its communities.
“Thanks to the generous support of the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Apollo New Works expands our commitment to collaboration with established and emerging artists of color whose work is essential to the Apollo, Harlem, and the world,” said Kamilah Forbes, Apollo Theater Executive Producer. “Artists reflect the celebrations and challenges of society, and our goal for this initiative is to champion a group of voices and promote a new generation of storytellers in an effort to develop a more diverse American canon.”
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