Foundation Recognizes Arts Innovators Across U.S. with new SEED Grantees

Installation view of a work by Fallen Fruit as part of Pelican Bomb's 'Foodways' exhibition in October 2014. Photo: Pelican Bomb

Foundation Recognizes Arts Innovators Across U.S. with new SEED Grantees

Today, we are excited to announce the recipients of its 2016 SEED grants. Today’s announcement marks the program’s expansion to three new cities/regions: Appalachia (Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee), Houston, and Santa Fe, as well as deepened support to organizations in Detroit and New Orleans.

Working with local nominators, the Foundation searches for groundbreaking, often artist-led organizations to support in order to position these innovators for long-term success—whether success means growing to a large-scale non-profit or intentionally functioning as a temporary intervention in their local cultural landscape. 

The 2016 SEED grantees will each receive $35,000 over three years to support their general operations along with access to opportunities for professional development and network building. The groups will also participate in a national gathering of all current and past SEED grantees at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida for a week-long conference.


2016 SEED Grantees

Alabama Song  / Houston, TX

Antena  / Houston, TX  

Blights Out / New Orleans, LA 

Campbell Culture Coalition / LaFollette, TN  

Carpetbag Theater / Knoxville, TN  

Complex Movements / Detroit, MI

EpiCentre Arts / Ermine, KY

Fringe Society / Detroit, MI

Handbarrow / Whitesburg, KY

New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indian Cooperative / New Orleans, LA

Pelican Bomb / New Orleans, LA

Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative / Santa Fe, NM


The SEED program builds on Robert Rauschenberg’s legacy as an artist who was unafraid of risk—pushing the boundaries of his medium and working across disciplines long before it was standard practice—by supporting similar artists and organizations in parts of the United States that do not enjoy the same support as New York and California. 

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Watch video from the first SEED Summit in Captiva >