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The DeVos Institute at UMD & Bloomberg Philanthropies Partner to Support Arts Programs Nationwide

April 8, 2015

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, today announced the nationwide expansion of the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, formerly known as the Arts Advancement Initiative. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen arts groups in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Through the two-year initiative, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management will develop curriculum and conduct trainings for nearly 300 small- and mid-sized organizations within the six cities, while Bloomberg Philanthropies will offer $30 million of unrestricted general operating support.

“Nonprofit cultural organizations of all sizes have a dynamic impact, serving as a nimble small business sector that employs thousands of people, enhances neighborhoods and improves quality of life,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “In New York City we saw that through rigorous management training and capacity building, small- and mid-sized arts groups can be even greater local anchors, and we look forward to seeing this program transform organizations in six new cities across the United States.”

The comprehensive workshops led by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management will engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals, and will include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and their boards. 

“We are honored to partner with Bloomberg Philanthropies to launch the Arts Innovation and Management program,” said Michael M. Kaiser, Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. “Across the country, arts organizations are coping with rapid changes in technology, demographics, and the economy—and organizations that master these trends are flourishing. We look forward to working with the dynamic arts organizations participating in this program to foster a sustainable cultural sector in each of AIM’s six cities.”

“With this program, we will work with our colleagues around the country toward a double bottom line: to create the conditions required to support stunning art, and in so doing to empower our students, neighbors, and cities,” said Brett Egan, President of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. 

All organizations invited to participate are locally or internationally recognized nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Grantees will be required to secure matching funds; reach 100% board participation; and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online management tool which allows users to track their financial and programmatic performance over time and to benchmark themselves against comparable organizations. The grants will be unrestricted so that the recipients can use them to address their greatest needs.