Culpeper Arts & Culture Guidelines

As of June 3, 2019, the 2019 Culpeper Arts & Culture budget is nearing full commitment and new Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from grant seekers are no longer being accepted. If you currently have an LOI in the portal in progress, please complete and submit the LOI by Friday, June 14, 2019.

Further information for the 2020 grant year will be forthcoming.

Please be in touch with the Culpeper Arts & Culture program team if you have any questions ([email protected]).

Program Guidelines

The Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture grants honor the legacy of Charles E. Culpeper by supporting the artists and arts and cultural organizations that make New York City one of the world's most dynamic creative capitals. The Fund is inspired by the conviction that arts and culture promote free expression, foster a deeper understanding of human experience and diverse communities, and provide a fresh lens on persistent problems and emerging challenges. The Fund aims to strengthen the cultural environment of the city by supporting its rich artistic community and the diversity of the city’s population. Special interests of the Fund are to sustain and advance small and mid-size cultural organizations, particularly those that are community-based and/or culturally specific, and to provide opportunities for artists of color and other underrepresented artists to contribute to the cultural vitality of New York City. The Fund also seeks to encourage mainstream, larger institutions to present underrepresented artists and to find innovative ways to engage new and diverse audiences.

The Pocantico Center, located in Tarrytown, New York, is an important resource in the Fund’s efforts to support artists and the creative process, advance cultural awareness, and foster artistic collaborations. The center provides time and space for aesthetic exploration and opportunities for nurturing artistic imagination.

Grants support the creative process and build the capacity of small and mid-size arts and cultural institutions across all arts disciplines, and promote diversity in the city’s creative life. Capacity-building grants support strategic planning, technology enhancements, board and staff development, marketing, and outreach initiatives.

Goal: Nurture a Vibrant and Inclusive Arts Community in New York City
  • Supporting organizations that assist individual artists and the creative process with an emphasis on providing opportunities for artists of color and other underrepresented artists.
  • Providing artist residencies, in partnership with grantee organizations, at The Pocantico Center.
  • Building capacity in small and mid-size cultural organizations, particularly those that are community-based and/or reflect the city’s diversity.

The Fund prioritizes support for organizations with annual budgets under $4 million. Given limited resources and to enable the Fund to be responsive to a wider range of applicants, grantee organizations must wait a minimum of three years from their grant final payment before reapplying. The Fund does not make grants to individuals.

Featured Grantees

A scene from Marcus Gardley's The Box: A Black Comedy, which made its premiere in 2014 at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo courtesy of The Foundry Theatre)
Foundry Theatre, Inc.

News and updates

New David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center Will Nurture the Arts in Westchester and the World

The Pocantico Center will adapt the historic Rockefeller Orangerie for cultural and sustainability programming.

2019 Pocantico Summer Performance Series

The Pocantico Center summer performance series brings the best of New York City arts and culture to the lawn of Kykuit. Performances in 2019 include Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Dance Lab NY, PAGE 73, and more. (Photo: Jeremy McQueen’s The Black Iris Project 2017 performance.)

Jessica Lang Dance Company Showcases Collaborative Approach at Pocantico

In addition to participating in a week-long residency to develop a new piece called 'us/we' in tandem with artist José Parlá, the company performed excerpts from their repertoire as well as a preview of new works.