Marigny Opera House awarded grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies

The Marigny Opera House has been chosen by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program to be a recipient of a grant.

AIM seeks to “strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations” in cities across the country. As part of its $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies provides ” unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.”

The opera house became eligible for the grant due to its status as arts non-profit that plays roles in in driving the local economy, building communities and supporting artists. According to a press release, the opera house is now “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.” If those goals are achieved, the grant will allow for the unrestricted use of funds to address the organization’s greatest needs.

The Marigny Opera House isn’t the only New Orleans organization to be part of AIM, however. Here’s a full list:

  • Antenna
  • Arts Council Of New Orleans
  • Artspot Productions
  • Contemporary Arts Center
  • Cool Cooperative
  • Dancing Grounds
  • Ashé Cultural Arts Center
  • Ellis Marsalis Center For Music
  • Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra
  • Junebug Productions
  • Kid Smart
  • Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre
  • Louisiana Children’S Museum
  • Make Music Nola
  • Marigny Opera House Foundation
  • New Orleans Ballet Association
  • New Orleans Ballet
  • New Orleans Center For Creative Arts Institute
  • New Orleans Childrens Chorus
  • New Orleans Film And Video Festival
  • New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • New Orleans Opera Association
  • Roots Of Music
  • National Food and Beverage Foundation
  • Southern Rep
  • The Ogden Museum Of Southern Art
  • Uptown Music Theatre

“In New Orleans, art and culture are central to our identity – specifically, the work of our smaller, ground-level cultural organizations helps to define the creative fabric of our city and serves as a major part of the cultural influence of New Orleans,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.  “On behalf of the people of the City of New Orleans, I am grateful for the investment of Bloomberg Philanthropies into our creative and cultural organizations. The Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program will undoubtedly inspire, develop and strengthen many cultural organizations across New Orleans – large and small, established and emerging – and give them the tools to reach new levels of success.”

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The Marigny Opera House is housed in what was originally the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. It opened its doors as the opera house in 2011. Click here for the 2018-2019 season programming of the Marigny Opera Ballet.