The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation today announced the inaugural recipients of its new Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant Program. The Foundation will award grants of between $50,000 and $150,000.

From a pool of 65 arts organizations nationwide that were invited to apply in 2011, nine grants, totaling $800,000, are being awarded.

The winners are:

Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Tex., to support Carbon 13, a multi-disciplinary project focusing on climate change, under artist and project director David Buckland.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Neb., to support "Town Hall," which will develop a "cultural space" and residency program for local artists, under the leadership of artist Theaster Gates.

The Drawing Center, New York, to support the commission of three multi-disciplinary works exploring crossover between drawing and performing arts.

Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Los Angeles, Calif., to support the launch of Public Art Project, a collaboration with Otis College of Art and Design, for which teaching artists will lead local youths in creating permanent installations in the Lafayette Park neighborhood.

Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory, New York, NY, for the project "Broadway: 1,000 Steps," for which artists, scientists, urban planners and others will create hubs along Broadway to explore themes in New York's PlaNYC concerning air, water, waste, energy and land.

North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND, to support a commission from Rena Effendi, John Hitchcock, Terry Jelsing, Adam Kemp, Mary Lucier and Tim Schouten to create work that will study life among the Spirit Lake Nation of the Dakota people.

Space One Eleven, Birmingham, Ala., to support planning for (re)Moving Walls, a collaborative, multimedia project in which local artists will travel the country to study issues such as economic disparities, race relations and ecological crises.

STREB, Brooklyn, NY, to support ESSENTIALIST ACTS, "a multi-stage, multi-disciplinary artistic exploration of action" in which artist Elizabeth Streb, along with Robert Woodruff, David Van Teighem and Erik Pearson as well as members of the STREB company, will create large-scale works including some for presentation in London as part of the London 2012 Festival of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.



Billy KluĚ?ver and Robert Rauschenberg working on Oracle, Rauschenberg's studio late 1964–early 1965.