Rhizome receives $ 1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation


Rhizome, a digital arts and culture platform founded by artist Mark Tribe in 1996 and affiliated with the New Museum since 2003, today announced it has received a Change Capital grant of $ 1 million out of five. years from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funding, which Rhizome says is a “first investment of its kind” in the organization, aims to support the long-term mission of the arts space to be a cultural center and to give it the opportunity to develop. .

With the help of the grant, Rhizome will hire two new full-time positions: a Development Director and a Community Designer. He will also use the funds to launch a new annual scholarship, in addition to making monetary investments in the open source software projects he oversees (including Webrecorder, Emulation-as-a-Service and Wikibase) and establishing operating reserves for future use. .

“This grant from the Mellon Foundation is transformative. And it’s more than just a financial donation, it’s an opportunity for us to develop our long-term resilience and better fulfill our mission, ”said Zachary Kaplan, Executive Director of Rhizome. with our new board members announced, our relaunch of the Artbase collection earlier this year and more program plans on the horizon, this is a truly exciting time for the organization. “


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