Foundation Receives 2010 Mayor's Award for Arts and Culture

Brooklyn Community Foundation today announced that it is a recipient of a 2010 Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, an honor which recognizes individuals or organizations for their outstanding contributions to New York City’s cultural life.

Brooklyn Community Foundation, the first and only charitable organization of its kind in Brooklyn, today announced that it is a recipient of a 2010 Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, an honor which recognizes individuals or organizations for their outstanding contributions to New York City’s cultural life. The Foundation, which has provided over $19 million to more than 500 local nonprofit arts organizations and institutions of all sizes serving the borough and its neighborhoods, will be presented with the award by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Academy Award winner Meryl Streep at Alice Tully Hall. Other outstanding Arts and Culture Awardees include: Amy Fischetti-Boncardo, Executive Director, Queens County Farm Museum. Bill Cunningham, Photojournalist, Deborah Effinger, Principal, Bronx Theatre High School, The Sandy Ground Historical Society and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Director Judith Jamison as the 2010 NYC Handel Medallion Recipient.


“The Brooklyn Community Foundation believes in the power of the arts to unite, educate, enlighten, and entertain all people from all cultures, all neighborhoods and all economic backgrounds,” said Marilyn Gelber, President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, who accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation. “We view arts as we do good jobs, affordable housing, great schools, and vibrant retail streets -- they're essential to the health of every community. We are deeply grateful to the Mayor’s office for believing in us, believing in Brooklyn and believing in steadfast support for community based arts and culture matters,” she said.
When it converted from the Independence Community Foundation, a private foundation, to the Brooklyn Community Foundation, a public charity, one year ago, the Foundation created five fields of interest funds: Art for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, and Green Communities. The “Arts for All Fund,” which reflects the organization’s continued commitment to Brooklyn’s cultural life, provides donors with an opportunity to support arts access to Brooklynites of all ages, backgrounds, and geographies.  More about Brooklyn Community Foundation’s grantmaking and opportunities to invest in Brooklyn’s culture.

ABOUT THE MAYOR’S AWARDS FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
The Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture were created in 1976, when the Department of Cultural Affairs was founded, and given annually until 1994. Mayor Bloomberg revived the awards in 2004, with the assistance of the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, chaired by Agnes Gund, whose members are a diverse and distinguished group of advocates for the City’s non-profit cultural community.  The Awards acknowledge and celebrate the role individual artists, arts educators, cultural organizations, corporations and philanthropists play in the public-private partnerships that sustain the City’s creative vitality and economic well-being.

ABOUT THE BROOKLYN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Brooklyn Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn through grantmaking and by encouraging local giving and community service. The first and only one of its kind in Brooklyn, the Foundation was founded in 2009 to support the borough’s most effective nonprofits in five Fields of Interest: Art for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, and Green Communities. Since 1998, operating as the Independence Community Foundation, the Foundation distributed over $70 million in grants throughout New York Metro area, more than half of which was in Brooklyn. The Foundation has provided support to over 500 local nonprofit arts organizations and institutions—from the very large to the very small—serving the borough and its neighborhoods with total cumulative grants exceeding $19 million. Learn more at: www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org; Follow on Twitter @DoGoodBklyn.
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