Wonderbound Selected As A Grantee Of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Innovation and Management Program

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Wonderbound will participate in the $43 million program along with more than 200 cultural organizations. 

Denver, CO, September 6, 2018: Wonderbound announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.

"We are deeply honored to have been selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to be part of the Denver AIM program," said Wonderbound Producing Director and President Dawn Fay. "This grant and training will help Wonderbound rise to a new level of artistic excellence and community engagement as we enter the new phase of our evolution."

AIM targets arts non-profits because of the vital role that they play in building communities, driving local economies and supporting artists. “The arts inspire people, provide jobs, and strengthen communities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This program is aimed at helping some of the country's most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies will develop curricula and conduct seminars for the program in partnership with leading experts, including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, led by Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan. AIM organizations will engage in activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals, and will receive one-on-one consultations and implementation support for organization leaders and their boards.

All organizations invited to participate in the 2018 expansion of the AIM program are nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Participating organizations will be required to secure 20% of their AIM grant in matching dollars; reach 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in DataArts, an online management tool that assists arts organizations across the country in collecting, learning from, and using data effectively. The grants will be unrestricted to allow recipients to utilize the funds to address their greatest needs.

Since 2011, AIM has helped more than 500 small and mid-sized organizations in all creative disciplines, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature and dance. Participating organizations reported significant improvements in board development, fundraising and overall income over the two-year program. Watch this video for an overview of the Arts Innovation and Management program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KJy8DgjRDg&feature=youtu.be.

About Wonderbound: Wonderbound’s mission is to use dance to deepen humankind’s common bond through uncommon endeavors of discovery and creation. Under the direction of Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay, Wonderbound has defined itself as a unique dance company in the world, and a leader in the Colorado arts community, through ongoing collaborations with Colorado’s finest artists and a commitment to live music at all of its regular productions. For more information, please visit www.wonderbound.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

About Bloomberg Philanthropies: Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Media Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Rebecca Carriero + 1 -212-205-0182 or rebeccac@bloomberg.org

Contact: Wonderbound, Lauren Turner, Marketing & Communications Manager, (303) 292-4700 or lturner@wonderbound.com.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small- and mid-size cultural organizations in select American cities, now including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.: https://aim.bloomberg.org/
Lauren Turner