The Week In Short: Arts and culture institutions get grant news, shutdowns in London and more art stories

The Week In Short: Arts and culture institutions get grant news, shutdowns in London and more art stories

This week’s art stories, in short.

  • More than 1,000 cultural non-profits received good news this week: the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs came through with $47.1 million in support. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Harlem Stage, the Apollo Theater, Museum of Chinese in America, Joyce Theater Signature Theatre Company and Theatre Development Fund (TDF) are among the 93 recipients to receive grants that total over $100,000. The news also marked plans to make multi-year grants easier to attain. [Hyperallergic]
  • In further funding news, the National Endowment for the Humanities also announced grant recipients this week, with $32.8 million in support going to 213 projects within the United States. [The New York Times]
  • Taking cues from the city’s outdoor dining initiative, New York City Council passed legislation that will allow arts and culture organizations to use eligible outdoor spaces for live events, such as dance, comedy and singing performances. The “Open Culture” program aims to launch this spring. [6sqft]
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, London has entered into tightening restrictions, forcing the closure of cinemas and theaters. [Playbill]
  • Alyssa Nitchun was named the new director of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. Nitchun takes the role after Gonzalo Casals, the museum’s former director, announced plans to leave in March. Laura Raicovich has been serving as the institution’s interim leader. [Artforum]
  • 297 letters (many unpublished) by writer Simone de Beauvoir sold this week at Sotheby’s for €56,700. [The Guardian]
  • With the final days of 2020 upon us, best-of lists are popping up all over the place. [Yearendlists.com]

Top Image: Joyce Theater in New York City. Photo: Jim Henderson.