$2 million in loan proceeds to eight non-profit groups. The Arts Fund provided financing for infrastructure projects that supported the expansion of arts and cultural institutions located in the city and also funded revenue-generating activities, such as performances, and earned income projects at NYC-based non-profit arts and cultural organizations. Approximately 33% of the loan proceeds will be used for entrepreneurial activities while 67% of the loan proceeds will be used for real estate expansion projects. This loan fund was made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.
Recipients of loans from the Arts Fund include:
NAME BRIEF DESCRIPTION
Classical Theatre of Harlem, Inc.
To finance the production costs and certain educational activities related to Classical Theatre of Harlem’s 2007/2008 five-city tour of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and Melvin Van Peebles’ Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death. Classical Theatre of Harlem is the only year round, professional equity theater company in Harlem.
Dieu Donné Paper Mill, Inc.
To finance the relocation and expansion of Dieu Donné Paper Mill, Inc. from SoHo to 315 West 36th Street. Dieu Donné is an experimental laboratory and artists workshop dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of new contemporary art utilizing the hand papermaking process.
Foundation For Dance Promotion, Inc. d/b/a Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company
To finance the production and marketing costs related to A Quarreling Pair, a new work created by choreographer Bill T. Jones for Foundation For Dance Promotion, Inc.’s 25th year anniversary. A Quarreling Pair will be performed in approximately 26 U.S. and international cities. Foundation For Dance Promotion is a Harlem-based multicultural dance company that draws an audience of approximately 50,000 to 100,000 annually and performs at domestic and international cultural centers, universities, and festivals.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas (Manhattan)
To finance the expansion and relocation of a museum dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and presenting the history and culture of Chinese people in the Americas. The new 13,074 square foot facility is located in Chinatown and will serve as a cultural focal point for the neighborhood, thereby enhancing the tourist and visitor experience in Chinatown.
The Moving Image, Inc. d/b/ a Film Forum (Manhattan)
To finance the renovation and construction costs for the organization’s administrative offices in a recently purchased building located in Manhattan’s West Village. Film Forum is an autonomous nonprofit cinema that shows US and international films that explore a wide range of social, political, historical and cultural issues.
Primary Stages Company, Inc.
To finance a subscriber acquisition campaign for Primary Stages Company, Inc., a nonprofit theater company with the mission of producing new plays and fostering the artistic development of emerging and established playwright.
Queens Theatre in the Park, Inc.
To finance programming, marketing and other operating expenses associated with the launch of a new 90-seat cabaret at the Queens Theatre in the Park. The cabaret, which is part a $23 million capital expansion and renovation project funded by the City, expects to present as many as 120 artists per year. Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Theatre in the Park is the Borough’s leading performing arts center offering diverse programming (theatre, dance, cabaret, children/family) for the 2.2 million residents of Queens.
Reel Stories Teen Filmmaking, Inc.
To expand Reel Stories Teen Filmmaking’s ability to market and sell an expanded library of educational DVDs featuring its students’ films primarily through its online store. Reel Stories Teen Filmmaking is a Brooklyn-based community arts organization that offers after-school and summer filmmaking classes for teenagers, serving 160 students/year.
The New York City Investment Fund is the economic development and investment arm of the Partnership for New York City. This loan fund is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.