2019 Annual Review: The Pocantico Center

  • A percussionist plays conga drums with another drummer and horn section seated behind him on an outdoor stage.
    Percussionist Keisel Jimenéz performs with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at The Pocantico Center, 2019.
    Photo by Fred Charles.
  • Two dancers hold a pose and link hands while performing in front of a stone wall and garden on the outdoor stage at Kykuit.
    Claude “CJ” Johnson and Tamisha Guy of A.I.M perform an excerpt from ‘An Untitled Love,’ a work in progress choreographed by Kyle Abraham, at The Pocantico Center, 2019.
    Photo by Mark Liflander.
  • A seated audience watches as a conductor cues an orchestra of about 20 musicians on an outdoor stage.
    The Knights orchestra, led by Artistic Directors Colin and Eric Jacobsen, performs at The Pocantico Center, 2019.
    Photo by Fred Charles.

The Pocantico Center is a conference facility and creative arts space on the historic Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills, New York, 20 miles north of Manhattan.

Nelson, Laurance, and David Rockefeller each bequeathed their shares of the family estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Under a special arrangement with the Trust, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has operated these properties as The Pocantico Center since 1994. They include Kykuit—the historic home of John D. Rockefeller—as well as the Coach Barn, the Marcel Breuer House, the Orangerie, the Japanese Teahouse and Shrine, Abeyton Lodge (previously known as “the Playhouse”), several guest houses, and the surrounding landscapes.

The Pocantico Center hosts conferences and meetings, artist residencies and performances, and public and community programs that support the Fund’s philanthropic activities. The Center welcomed 27 conferences directly related to RBF grantmaking programs in 2019. It hosted an additional 33 conferences and meetings in support of its larger philanthropic mission, including four internal meetings of the RBF.

The Pocantico Center also offers public access through forums, lectures, and educational programs focused on the Pocantico Historic Area’s buildings, gardens, and collections of decorative and fine art. In 2019, The Pocantico Center offered 37 public programs for the surrounding community, including three summer performances on the Kykuit lawn.

The summer performance series is offered in collaboration with the RBF's Culpeper Arts & Culture program, which supports the creative process, offers artists residencies, and helps build the capacity of New York City cultural organizations to nurture a vibrant and inclusive arts community. Through the Culpeper program, New York City artists from select grantee organizations across the creative disciplines can also participate in artist residencies at The Pocantico Center. In 2019, 44 individual artists—including performers from the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Broadway Dance Lab, and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect—participated in a total of 11 residencies at Pocantico.

Pocantico conferences and public programs served a total of 3,160 guests in 2019. In addition, Historic Hudson Valley offers tours of Kykuit from May through mid-November each year, drawing 32,817 visitors in 2019.

2019 RBF Annual Review

Introduction

Featured Essay: A Broader Vision of Our Assets

Grantmaking

The Pocantico Center

Finance

Staff & Trustees

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