Cozying up to the 1%

A big congratulations to The Burning Man Project for being named a finalist in bids for $15 milllion of grants.

(Chicago, IL, January 18, 2012) One hundred and twenty-seven organizations in 68 cities have been named finalists for support from ArtPlace, an unprecedented private-public collaboration of nine of the nation’s top foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation’s largest banks. ArtPlace supports creative placemaking with grants and loans, research and advocacy.

The selected projects represent the best of the more than 2,000 applications from across the country. Finalists were chosen for their potential to have a transformative impact on community vibrancy. Proposed projects run the gamut from temporary art spaces to permanent performance venues, from music festivals to art walks and from streetscaping to artist residencies.

ArtPlace expects to distribute $15 million in 2012. This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May. Last year, 34 organizations received a total of $11.5 million. 

So far, so good. Burning Man is down to the top 127 from 2000+ applications, and from the list looks like they are well placed to tick all the boxes (see below for full list).

I support Burning Man and hope they win the grant, so they can demonstrate to us all how the Burner principles make a difference in the Tenderloin. However, this new creation “Art Place” which is the source of all the millions makes my nose twitch with the smell of sulfur. In this day and age where “radical inclusion” instead has become a line to get on the World’s Biggest Guest list, and the unemployed 20% protest in solidarity with the 79% who have jobs to Occupy Wall Street, railing against the corruption of the elite 1% at the top of the pyramid…it is interesting to look at what kind of sponsors the new Burning Man Project wants to get into bed with.

Participating foundations include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Robina Foundation and an anonymous donor. In addition to the NEA, Federal partners are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.

So much for radical self-reliance and “economy without commerce”. This seems more like establishing yourself in the Establishment. Is this where the mysterious tickets went? Not to Burners, not to pure Birgins, but to all their new bankster buddies. Maybe if you apply for a new Chase Burner credit card, you’ll get a chance to win a Burning Man ticket and 1% cashback on all your  purchases of EL Wire?

The finalists are:

City State Organization
Homer AK Bunnell Street Art Center
Anchorage AK Anchorage Museum Association
Juneau AK Juneau Housing Trust, Inc.
Savoonga AK Native Village of Savoonga
Sitka AK Alaska Arts Southeast, Inc.
Anchorage AK Alaska Native Heritage Center
Anchorage AK Out North Contemporary Art House
Little Rock AR The Oxford American Literary Project
Phoenix AZ Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation
Los Angeles CA The New School
Various CA Creative Work Fund/Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Yolo County CA Yolo County Arts Council dba YoloArts
San Jose CA MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
San Francisco CA San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
San Jose CA San Jose Public Art
Fresno CA Fresno Arts Council
Long Beach CA Khmer Arts Academy
Long Beach CA Arts Council for Long Beach
Los Angeles CA City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles CA Cornerstone Theater Company
Los Angeles CA Esperanza Community Housing Corporation
Los Angeles CA Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Los Angeles CA Machine Project
Los Angeles CA MASS Design Group
Los Angeles CA Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles CA Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
Modesto CA California State University, Stanislaus College of the Arts
Oakland CA City of Oakland Cultural Arts & Marketing
Riverside CA City of Riverside – Development Department
San Francisco CA Burning Man Project
San Francisco CA envelope Architecture + Design (envelope a+d)
Stockton CA University of the Pacific
Visalia CA Visalia Arts Consortium (Arts Consortium)
Manitou Springs CO Business of Art Center
New Haven CT Arts Council of Greater New Haven
New Haven CT New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Inc.
Washington DC Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Miami FL Wynwood Arts District Association, Inc.
Miami FL Bass Museum of Art
Miami FL Miami Light Project, Inc.
Jacksonville FL City of Jacksonville Planning and Development Department
Sumerville GA Chattooga County, Georgia
Macon GA The Corporation of Mercer University
Boise ID Trey McIntyre Project
Chicago IL 6018NORTH
Chicago IL Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Chicago IL Redmoon Theater
Chicago IL Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Peoria IL Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
Chicago IL University of Chicago
Indianapolis IN Harrison Center for the Arts
Indianapolis IN Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA)
Whitesburg KY Appalshop, Incorporated
Cumberland KY Higher Ground Coalition/The Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College
New Orleans LA Artspace
New Orleans LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.
New Orleans LA St. Claude Main Street, Inc. (SCMS) and CivicCenter
Shreveport LA Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC)
Dorchester MA The Boston Foundation
Mount Rainier MD Joe’s Movement Emporium
Baltimore MD Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
Indian Island ME Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA)
Eastport ME Tides Institute & Museum of Art
Detroit MI ArtsCorpsDetroit
Various MI ArtServe Michigan
Flint MI Flint Public Art Project
Detroit MI Lincoln Street Art Park
Detroit MI Marygrove College and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Hamtramck MI Power House Productions
Detroit MI Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit MI Detroit Creative Corridor Center
Various MN American Composers Forum
Lanesboro MN Lanesboro Arts Center
St. Paul MN Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Collaborative (ECTD)
St. Paul MN Ordway Center for the Performing Arts:
St. Paul MN Forecast Public Art
Minneapolis MN Intermedia Arts
Minneapolis MN Juxtapostion Arts
Wadena MN New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
Minneapolis MN Pangea World Theater
Minneapolis MN Pillsbury House + Theatre (PH+T)
St. Paul MN Public Art Saint Paul
Minneapolis MN The Cedar Cultural Center, Inc
Minneapolis MN The Gymnasium
Minneapolis MN World Savvy
Minneapolis MN Native American Community Development Institute
Chatham, Lee &
Pitt Counties
NC Regional Technology Strategies, Inc. (RTS) and Public Art Collaborative Art-Force Program
Minot ND Artspace
Reno NV Nevada Museum of Art
Syracuse NY Near West Side Initiative Inc.
Poughkeepsie NY PAUSE
New York NY Broadway Housing Communities
New York NY NOCD-NY (Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group)
New York NY Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Inc. (NoMAA)
Brooklyn NY Pratt Institute
Bronx NY Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation
Bronx NY Casita Maria Center for Arts and Eduction
Brooklyn NY El Puente
Brooklyn NY Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)
Bronx NY Pregones Theater
Brooklyn NY St. Ann’s Warehouse
New York NY Storefront for Art and Architecture
Brooklyn NY STREB Inc.
Cincinnati OH American Sign Museum
Cleveland OH Northeast Shores Development Corporation
Philadelphia PA Asian Arts Initiative
Philadelphia PA City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
Philadelphia PA Community Design Collaborative
Philadelphia PA Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Philadelphia PA University City District
Providence RI Community MusicWorks (CMW)
Providence RI WaterFire Providence
Pine Ridge SD The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School
Memphis TN Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (MSO)
Chattanooga TN Glass House Collective
Memphis TN Ballet Memphis
Memphis TN Community L.I.F.T. / Memphis Music Magnet
Austin TX Big Medium
Austin TX Downtown Austin Alliance (Downtown Development Corporation)
Austin TX The Trail Foundation
Houston TX Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc.
Seattle WA Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Mineral Point WI Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Sauk County WI Wormfarm Institute
National AIGA, the professional asssociation for design
National Creative Time
National Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO)
Various The Urban Institute

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