Arts Access Fund
JLGreene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust
Thousands of audience members have the opportunity to attend theater programs through this innovative partnership between the Foundation and The New York Community Trust, which provides grants to 12 theaters in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.
The grants aim to expand free and discounted ticket programs for theater, musicals, and plays—all with the goal of helping to bring the performing arts to underrepresented audiences throughout New York. The program also will help theaters create sustainable programs to expand their audiences for the long term.
The Apollo Theater is one of the recipients, and they plan to increase their audiences through popular programs like School Day Live, Family Night Out, and Community Access ticket programs. The award-winning Atlantic Theater Company is also receiving funding to expand its Back25 program. At Playwrights Horizons the grant will infuse their Young Member program and Student Memberships, both of which draw diverse audiences through low-cost tickets.
The other theaters selected to participate: Billie Holiday Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, New York City Center, Pregones Theater, Roundabout Theater, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Second Stage Theater, Signature Theatre, and Theater for a New Audience.