Grantmaking

Lambent Foundation awards grants to artist-centered organizations to promote sustainable artistic and cultural practices in New York City, New Orleans and Nairobi. Through our grantmaking, which is primarily general operating as well as project specific, we explore arts and culture at the intersection of social justice. We believe in supporting risk-taking, innovation and social-political strategies that confront our society.

Due to our limited capacity Lambent contributes to pre-selected organizations only, we do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Grantees

New York, NY
To empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. NYFA is the largest provider of grants, services, and information to artists working in all disciplines in the United States.
Long Island City, NY
The only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work in a unique environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public.
New York, NY
Serves as the nexus for artists of African descent for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.
New York, NY
The New Museum was conceived as a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation on artists whose work had not yet had wide public exposure or acceptance in a critical and scholarly context. The New Museum’s programs define key moments in the development of contemporary art, reflect the global nature of art today, and span a vast array of cultural activities and media.
Brooklyn, NY
Develops, produces, and presents arts programming grounded in the African Diaspora.
Chicago, IL
The Teaching Artist Journal (TAJ) serves as a voice, forum and resource for teaching artists and all those working at the intersection of art and learning.
Long Island City, NY
To support the creation of new work in a variety of disciplines including theater, dance, music multimedia and the visual arts for a contemporary audience.
New York, NY
Promotes AIDS awareness and, through the Frank Moore Archive Project, historicizes the contribution of artists with HIV and estates of artists lost to AIDS.
New York, NY
A not–for-profit publishing house that aims to provide ideas and viewpoints under-represented in the mass media.
New York, NY
An online magazine, workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities that works collaboratively with writers, artists, and researchers to facilitate projects that engage the Internet’s specific characteristics as a public forum and medium.
New York, NY
To foster the creative and intellectual development of young people through quality visual arts programs directed by professional artists. To collaborate with and enhance the capacity of school administrators and teachers who provide and support arts programming for youth.
Brooklyn, NY
WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.
Brooklyn, NY
Brings together professional artists, youth, grassroots organizations and communities in partnership to create high quality public art in under represented neighborhoods.
Newark, NJ
Seeks out the work of emerging and underrepresented artists and brings the work of more established artists to communities. Through the visual arts, Aljira bridges racial, cultural, and ethnic divides and enriches the lives of individuals.
Brooklyn, NY
The mission of the Brooklyn Museum is to act as a bridge between the rich artistic heritage of world cultures, as embodied in its collections, and the unique experience of each visitor.
New York, NY
To stimulate, promote, and present challenging new work in dance from a broad range of artistic voices within a distinguished and nurturing environment.
New York, NY
More Art is dedicated to forging a powerful link between contemporary art and artists, and the community at large. More Art’s mission is to seize opportunities to enable people from all walks of life to approach and access art.
New York, NY
The mission of Live Arts is to support dance artists and other creative artists through new and adaptive approaches to producing, presenting, education and community engagement.
Brooklyn, NY
Dedicated to supporting and presenting the work of choreographer Elizabeth Streb at home and on tour throughout the world and to bringing the audience and community into the artistic process by breaking down barriers to participation and access with new approaches to creation, education and presentation.
New York, NY
Aspires to assemble a community of artists with revolutionary ideas for the theatre and the world in which it is situated. Commissions, develops, premieres and tours theatrical works that explore the (im)possibilities of theatre.
New Orleans, LA
A group of diverse cultural organizers, including artists working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the performing arts in the United states.
New York, NY
The mission of The Opportunity Agenda is building the national will to expand opportunity. We are driven by the belief that the ideal of Opportunity—the notion that everyone deserves a fair chance to achieve his or her potential—is one of America’s greatest assets.
Queens, NY
Dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community.
New York, NY
Delivers the artist’s voice through in-depth interviews between artists working across genre and media—collaborations that reveal their ideas, concerns and creative processes through carefully developed dialogue—now and for posterity.
Nairobi, Kenya
A Kenyan based literary network dedicated to developing quality creative writing and committed to the growth of the creative industry through the publishing and distribution of contemporary African writing, offering training opportunities, producing literary events and establishing and maintaining global literary networks.
New York, NY
A multi-disciplinary arts center dedicated to finding, developing and presenting new artistic creations from a diversity of cultures and points of view. P.S. 122 provides emerging and mid-career artists an environment that encourages exploration, innovation and risk-taking.
Nairobi, Kenya
Makes art accessible to local communities, and helps artists and communities use their diverse culture, personal histories, and political identities to express their creative talents.
New York, NY
Harlem Stage is a performing arts center that celebrates and perpetuates the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem. They provide opportunity, commissioning and support for artists of color, make performances accessible to all audiences, and introduce children to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts.
New York, NY
Encourages public insight into African arts, literature and culture through the visual and performing arts. Aims to increase distribution of African media in the United States; and to develop non-African audiences for African film.
New York, NY
The mission of PARTICIPANT INC is to serve artists through in-depth consideration, presentation, and the publishing of critical writing; and to introduce this work into public contexts through exhibitions, screenings, performances, and educational programs.
Brooklyn, NY
Presents quality visual, performing and media arts programs reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and provides resources and platforms to support the creative process.
New York, NY
A leading arts presenter, advocate, and service provider to artists and arts groups throughout Lower Manhattan. LMCC provides essential resources and collaborative opportunities to the downtown community.
New York, NY
Creative Time strives to commission, produce and present the most important, ground-breaking, challenging and exceptional art of our times; art that infiltrates the public realm and engages millions of people in New York City and across the globe.
New York, NY
The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable improves, advances, and advocates for arts education. We are a community of organizations that shares information, provides professional development, and communicates with the public to promote our work in schools and beyond.
New York, NY
A laboratory for new voices and new ideas, providing playwrights with indispensable resources to develop their work. Lark brings together actors, directors, playwrights and the community to allow writers to learn about their own work by seeing and hearing it, and by receiving feedback from a dedicated and supportive community.
Brooklyn, NY
Supports emerging artists and under-recognized mid-career artists by providing access to the technology, studio space and exhibition space necessary for the realization of ambitious projects.
Bronx, NY
To encourage and increase the public's awareness and participation in the arts and to nurture the development of artists and arts organizations.
Bronx, NY
BAAD!, the home of Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, presents challenging works in dance and all creative disciplines that are empowering to women, people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Bronx, NY
To encourage and increase the public’s awareness and participation in the arts and to nurture the development of artists and arts organizations.
New York, NY
Theatre for a New Audience is a New York-based classical theatre whose mission is to vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama, including modern classics.
New York, NY
An interdisciplinary arts organization committed to the research, development, distribution and presentation of performance based work by contemporary artists from around the world.
New York, NY
Art21 has a mission to inspire a more creative world through the work and words of contemporary visual artists. Art21 produces documentary films, materials for educators, multimedia resources, and public programs that present contemporary artists and their work.
Nairobi, Kenya
Kuona’s mission is to advance the skills and opportunities of contemporary visual artists to create innovative, world-class art in Kenya.
Brooklyn, NY
Provides a year-round, performance, rehearsal and educational venue in Brooklyn that encourages artistic risk-taking and stimulates dialogue among diverse constituencies.
New York, NY
Through exhibitions, international residency, publication initiatives, and programs and events, apexart is committed to cultural and intellectual diversity and aims to stimulate public dialogue about contemporary art.
New York, NY
Founded by artists for artists, The Field provides strategic services to thousands of performing artists and companies in New York City and beyond to help them build thriving careers in the new economic landscape via creative residencies in our FAR space studio, retreats, fiscal sponsorship and entrepreneurial skill-building curriculum.
New York, NY
Acts as a catalyst for the development of adventurous and imaginative ideas by supporting artists who pursue innovation in form and content in the performing. visual arts, film, video and in emerging fields.
Brooklyn, NY
Committed to the well being of people of color living on low incomes, the LP brings art programming to local laundromats, aiming to raise the quality of life in New York City communities.
New York, NY
To provide innovative artists working in the media, literacy, and performing arts with exhibition and performance opportunities to create and present new work.
Brooklyn, NY
To give a more accurate portrayal of the historic and artistic contributions of people of the African Diaspora as being pertinent to the cultural landscape of the world.
New York, NY
Through the power of the ensemble process, Irondale creates and presents alive, compelling theater, performance, and education programs that challenge traditional assumptions about art, and help us to better interpret contemporary culture.
Long Island City, NY
Dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. Commission’s new work and presents exhibits by emerging and established, national and international artists.
New Orleans, LA
To promote and make accessible the work of international contemporary artists to a broad public, especially in the U.S. and to establish New Orleans as a major center for contemporary visual art to stimulate the city's economic growth.
New York, NY
Works to activate places of memory around the world as “Sites of Conscience”- historic sites specifically dedicated to remembering past struggles for justice and addressing their contemporary legacies.
New York, NY
The Center for Arts Education (CAE) is dedicated to ensuring that all New York City public school students have quality arts learning as an essential part of their K-12 education.
New Orleans, LA
Cultural art presentation and production, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships and collaborations that amplify the impact and reach of our outreach and support efforts.
New Orleans, LA
ELLA provides equal access to justice and an advocacy platform to members of the New Orleans cultural community so that its artists, musicians, culture bearers and grass-roots arts organizations are empowered with information and knowledge to continue to create content and thrive in a sound economy and landscape.
New York, NY
Serves as a public forum for presentation of challenging and provocative new work by emerging and under-represented artists. Presents programs that increase dialogue between artists, between generations of artists and between artists and the general public.
New York, NY
An alternative art space with the mission to support artistic experimentation and dialogue in contemporary culture.
New York, NY
To cultivate, support and promote the work of artists and arts organizations in Northern Manhattan. To foster the diverse artistic expressions of artists and cultural organizations throughout Washington Heights and Inwood by increasing the visibility of their works.
New York, NY
To support emerging artists with the production of challenging new work and engage the public in its presentation.
New York, NY
VUE is a research-based teaching and learning organization grounded in principles of Aesthetic Development and student-centered instruction. Our mission is to develop collaborative, inquiry-based VTS programs and practices that foster confident, critical thinkers for today's global society.
New York, NY
To present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect or political content.
New York, NY
826 National is a network of eight writing and tutoring centers, which assist under-resourced students, ages 6-18, improve their creative and expository writing skills.
New Orleans, LA
KIDsmART designs its artist-in-the-classroom residencies with leadership and teachers in each school. KID smART’s Teaching Artist Professional Development includes formal training in design and implementation of effective arts integration, effective professional development workshops for classroom teachers and embedded coaching in the classroom.
Brooklyn, NY
Cabinet was founded to present cultural projects from unorthodox perspectives designed to foster curiosity about the world we have made and inhabit.
New York, NY
Dedicated to supporting artists with free theater, rehearsal space and other resources so they may feel free to explore their ideas to translate them into a theatrical language that can communicate to any person in any part of the world.
New York, NY
Dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.
New York, NY
Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) is the educational cornerstone of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1975, LCI enriches the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the highest-quality arts on the stage, in the classroom, digitally, and within the community.
Nairobi, Kenya
Works to enhance the positive links between health and cultural belief, practice, knowledge, celebration, ritual and artistic expression.

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