(3-1-2011) The Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C. announced today that it is pulling back from direct funding for Arts and Culture:
The Foundation has a long and distinguished history of supporting arts and cultural organizations in our region. We continue to value the work we have supported to build a vibrant arts community, especially in theater, dance, and the development of cultural corridors. In developing this Strategic Framework, our board and staff faced difficult choices about how to use our reduced grantmaking resources in ways that would have the most direct positive impact on the lives of low-income people. After much consideration, we have not named arts and culture as a priority for the three years covered by this Strategic Framework. Our core and capital support for arts and culture groups has gone down over the past two years and will diminish further as we implement this Framework. However, we do anticipate ongoing support for some arts and culture grantees whose work directly addresses a strategy in one of the four priority areas.