About the Awards:
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Founded in 1963 by John Cage and Jasper Johns, FCA’s mission is to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations. FCA will establish and endow the Merce Cunningham Award, a biennial grant given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts that reflects the creativity and spirit of Merce Cunningham. This unrestricted, by-nomination award will be made to an individual artist through FCA’s signature Grants to Artists program. The Merce Cunningham Award will be supported by the Trust’s endowment gift beginning in 2017; FCA will fund the inaugural 2015 award. It will join two permanently endowed awards at FCA: the biennial John Cage Award and the annual Robert Rauschenberg Award.
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Founded in 2005 by Mikhail Baryshnikov, BAC’s vision is to serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines, establishing a creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world. MCT’s gift will be added to the newly created Cage Cunningham Fund that BAC is establishing to honor Merce Cunningham and John Cage and their lifelong groundbreaking collaborations. Starting in 2015, the Fund will award one $50,000 Cage Cunningham Fellowship annually and will allow BAC to rename its Studio 6A The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio. Fellows will receive support to develop new works and collaborations in BAC’s newly named studio.