The Madison Community Foundation has awarded Madison Ballet a $15,000 grant to support expanding the organization’s opportunities for choreographers of color, Madison Ballet announced Wednesday.
“By creating advanced opportunities for choreographers of color throughout the organization, we seek to build programming of artistic voices that increasingly reflect the diversity of the city we serve,” said Madison Ballet CEO Jonathan Solari in a statement.
With the generous support of the Madison Community Foundation, Madison Ballet aims to create new opportunities in every aspect of its organization for the encouragement, advancement, and inspiration of choreographers of color at all career levels, the organization said in a press release. The grant will serve as one way to address systemic problems in dance that have led to a lack of diversity on stages locally and nationally.
“If anything, nonprofits have become more innovative during the COVID pandemic, pivoting to expand services and find creative ways to provide resources,” said Tom Linfield, Madison Community Foundation’s Vice President of Community Impact. “These agencies combine vision and tenacity as they propel our community forward.”