Dance Theatre of Harlem announced today a $4 million gift from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the organization’s capacity building efforts, including improvements to salaries for artists and staff, investments in fundraising infrastructure and leadership, and innovative artistic and community-building initiatives. The grant includes a $1 million matching gift to be raised by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Board of Directors, led by Board Chairman Ackneil Muldrow, III, bringing the total support to $5 million. The timing of this gift comes at the culmination of DTH’s extraordinary 50th Anniversary Celebration, with its New York City Center homecoming engagement and Vision Gala April 15-18, 2020.
The grant is the largest single gift made to Dance Theatre of Harlem in the organization’s 50 year history and represents a significant investment in the transformative and innovative work of the organization.
“Throughout its history, Dance Theatre of Harlem has expanded the notion of what ballet could be,” said Executive Director Anna Glass. “We are eternally grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for steadfastly believing that the expression we bring to the art form is unique and necessary. This gift is an investment in our future that will have impact for decades to come.”
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