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    In isolation, it is impossible for an artist to see the real position and value of his or her art.
    Fritzie Brown, Executive Director, CEC ArtsLink
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    Although, in theory, travel and communication should be easier than when TMU was founded in 1984, the economic and political hurdles for true collaboration are still extremely great.
    Steve Dubiel, Executive Director, Earthcorps
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    Together, we create something new.
    Robert Wilson, Artistic Director, Watermill Center
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    It is always important for artists and scholars to challenge themselves and their own assumptions about the world and the work they do in it.
    Kara Walker, Artist, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/CCA Ujazdowski Castle American Seasons
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    We see that we are not alone in our work—we see that people living in different parts of the world are working to solve the same kinds of issues we are. We have shared problems, but the approaches to solving them can be very different.
    Sergei Berezniuk, Pacific Environment Agricultural Fires exchange participant
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TRUST FOR MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING

MISSION

The Trust for Mutual Understanding awards grants to American nonprofit organizations to support direct exchange in the arts and the environment between professionals from the United States and TMU’s geographic region: the Baltic States; Central Asia; Central, East, Southeast Europe; Mongolia; and Russia.

Priority consideration is given to projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration; that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation; and/or that respond to social contexts and engage local communities.

HISTORY

The Trust for Mutual Understanding was established in 1984 by an anonymous American philanthropist as a private, grantmaking organization dedicated to promoting improved communication, closer cooperation, and greater respect between the people of the United States, the Soviet Union, and other countries in Eastern and Central Europe. TMU’s program reflects her conviction that grantmaking can make a contribution to that process by supporting international face-to-face contact and professional interaction. TMU’s mission has been shaped by the belief that creative international collaboration encourages global harmony.

TMU continues to support East-West exchanges in the arts and environment, reflecting the founder’s appreciation of the importance of culture and ecology in people’s lives. Before 1985, there was relatively little American funding for such activities, and what support there was—mainly governmental—was often restricted by political considerations. It remains TMU’s goal to enable talented people to come together from different countries to freely share ideas and stimulate creativity in a nonpolitical context.

GRANTEES

2018 Cultural Grants

$1,536,373

Total Grants
in 2018

$1,088,873

Cultural Grants
in 2018

56

Cultural Grants
in 2018

2018 Cultural Grants

18th Street Arts Center

18th Street Arts Center

Santa Monica, CA

$14,000

to support a two-month residency for Moscow-based artist Maria Agureeva as part of 18th Street Arts Center’s Visiting International Artists Residency Program from August 1st through September 29th, 2018.

Abrons Arts Center

Abrons Arts Center

New York, NY

$14,000

to support the Hungary Live Festival, created by K2 Company from Budapest, Hungary, at Abrons Arts Center in June 2018.

Apex Art Curatorial Program

Apex Art Curatorial Program

New York, NY

$5,000

to bring Tbilisi-based artist and curator Mariam Natroshvili to participate in the 2018-19 New York City Fellowship program in September 2018.

ArKtype Productions

ArKtype Productions

San Francisco, CA

$40,000

to support The American Democracy Series, curated by Tommy Kreigsmann, at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania in June 2018.

Artists Upstairs

Artists Upstairs

Baltimore, MD

$15,000

to support travel associated with the research and development of quarterly Hungarian Letter of News by “Szinhaz” Hungarian theater magazine co-editors in 2018.

Bard College

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

$15,000

to support a five-week residency for eight Russian singers who will participate in staging and performing a new production of Anton Rubinstein’s operatic masterpiece The Demon at Bard College’s Summerscape Festival from July 27th through August 5th, 2018.

CalArts Center for New Performance

CalArts Center for New Performance

Valencia, CA

$20,000

to bring Teatr Studio Artistic Director Natalia Korczakowska and three Teatr Studio artists from Warsaw, Poland to the Center for New Performance for a six-week developmental residency of Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz’s The Metaphysics of a Two-headed Calf in fall 2018.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$9,000

to bring CEC Program Director Susan Katz from St. Petersburg, Russia to New York to participate in strategic planning sessions, and to support travel for CEC Executive Director Simon Dove to Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Russia, and Ukraine to build connections with the CEC ArtsLink staff in St. Petersburg and activate networks of alumni and partner organizations in CEC partner countries in 2018.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$25,000

to support a series of inter-regional exchanges in 2018 between visual and performing artists and environmentalists in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European countries, organized by Summa Artium in Budapest, Hungary.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$20,000

to bring five young artists, curators, and art managers working in the fields of public and social practice art to New York and Philadelphia as part of CEC ArtsLink’s Arts Leadership Fellows program in July 2018.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$6,000

to support a two-week visit to New York for CEC ArtsLink St. Petersburg staff members Natalya Ergens and Lizaveta Matveeva in July 2018 to participate in strategic planning meetings as well as CEC’s Arts Leadership Fellows program.

City Center

City Center

New York, NY

$25,000

to support the Mariinsky Ballet’s participation in a four-day festival celebrating George Balanchine in fall 2018 as part of City Center’s 75th anniversary season.

Collapsable Giraffe

Collapsable Giraffe

New York, NY

$7,500

to support the participation of actors Jelena Galovic and Uros Mladenovic, dramaturg Suncica Milosavlevjic, and creative producer Milan Vraçar in a week-long developmental residency of playwright Aaron Landsman’s new performance work Language Reversal, created in collaboration with the Serbian NGO Kulturanova, in March 2018.

Colleen Thomas Dance

Colleen Thomas Dance

New York, NY

$12,000

to send Artistic Director Colleen Thomas, three dancers, and one musician to Lublin, Poland to rehearse and premiere Honoring Intuition in collaboration with six Belarusian, Polish, and Ukrainian dancers in November 2018.

Creative Time

Creative Time

New York, NY

$20,000

to support Russian and Central and Eastern European participation in the Creative Time Summit in Miami, Florida in November 2018.

Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Contemporary

Dallas, TX

$10,000

to support an exhibition of Ukrainian photographer Boris Mikhailov at Dallas Contemporary from September through December 2018. 

David Eden Productions

David Eden Productions

Brooklyn, NY

$50,000

to support a three-week tour of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, a collaboration between the Pushkin Theatre from Moscow and Cheek by Jowl, the international theatre company of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Brooklyn Academy of Music; and the Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College in Boston in October 2018.

Double Edge Theatre

Double Edge Theatre

Ashfield, MA

$15,000

to support Polish and Russian participation in an international coalition of producing and presenting partners around the creation and performance of Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro as part of Peak Performances at Montclair State University in March 2018.

Experimental Intermedia

Experimental Intermedia

New York, NY

$10,000

to bring eight American, multi genre musicians to Riga, Latvia for performances, masterclasses, and lectures at the Ska?u Mežs Festival for Adventurous Music and Film Art in October 2018.

Flux Factory

Flux Factory

Long Island City, NY

$12,000

to support the Social Practice Residency, a three-month residency for Ukrainian artists Yulia Kostereva and Yuriy Kruchak from September 1st through November 30th, 2018.

FotoFest

FotoFest

Houston, TX

$15,000

to a support an exhibition for emerging Czech photographers Gabriela Kol?avová; Vojt?ch V. Sláma, Igor Malijevský, and Roman Franc from January through March 2019.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

New York, NY

$7,500

supplementary award to support travel to Central and Eastern Europe to present work, participate in festivals, and collaborate with local artists through Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ 2018 Emergency Grants program.

Giant Steps Music

Giant Steps Music

San Francisco, CA

$10,000

to support a four-week fellowship for Armenian musician and vocalist Sevana Tchakerian and a female musician from the Balkans, Caucasus, or Central Asia as a part of the Music Action Lab in fall 2018.

Go North! Adventure Learning

Go North! Adventure Learning

Willow, AK

$15,000

to allow the Siberian Yupik Atuq ensemble “Kallaneqs” from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska to travel to the Siberian Yupik community of Novo Chaplino in Chukotka, Russia to exchange artistic experiences during an eight-day residency hosted by the community’s “Solyncho” ensemble, culminating in performances at the annual Seamammal Hunters Festival in July 2018.

Headlands Center for the Arts

Headlands Center for the Arts

Sausalito, CA

$12,000

to support a two-month residency for visual artist Lucia Tallova from Bratislava, Slovakia in spring 2018.

Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center

Chicago, IL

$10,000

to bring Macedonian visual artists Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski to Hyde Park Art Center for an eight-week residency in July and August 2018.

Jacob Burns Film Center

Jacob Burns Film Center

Pleasantville, NY

$30,000

to support the participation of ten Romanian actors, critics, filmmakers, producers, and writers in the 13th edition of MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema in November and December 2018.

Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Band

Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Band

Chandler, AZ

$10,000

to send six bluegrass musicians and Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Band Executive Director Anni Beach to Ukraine for a week-long tour of performances and workshops in July 2018.

Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund

Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund

New York, NY

$18,000

to support the participation of five US-based museum professionals in the third Biennale of Museum Design in St. Petersburg, Russia in fall 2018.

Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund

Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund

New York, NY

$15,000

to support a three-month residency in 2018 for a Russian visual artist at the American Academy in Rome.

La MaMa E.T.C.

La MaMa E.T.C.

New York, NY

$20,000

to support performances of 55 Shades of Gay, the latest work by Kosovo’s Jeton Neziraj and his production company Qendra Multimedia, as part of La MaMa’s 57th season in March 2019.

Lark Play Development Center

Lark Play Development Center

New York, NY

$25,000

to support three months of research on cultural philanthropy and best practices in the audiovisual industry for Romanian cultural specialist Corina Suteu in New York City and Los Angeles in spring 2018.

Lark Play Development Center

Lark Play Development Center

New York, NY

$60,000

to support The Lark's Russia/United States Playwright Exchange in 2018 and 2019.

Legion Arts

Legion Arts

Cedar Rapids, IA

$5,000

to send American playwright W. David Hancock to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia to develop the script for Cathexis #1: Truth on Trial, an interactive theatrical event, September 3rd through October 1st, 2018.

Lincoln Center Theater

Lincoln Center Theater

New York, NY

$10,000

to support the participation of three directors from TMU’s geographic region in the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab from August 6th through 25th, 2018.

Maryland Institute College of Art

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, MD

$18,823

to support a bilateral exchange between MICA’s Center for Social Design and the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary in 2018.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Baltimore, MD

$30,000

to expand opportunities for US-based artists and ensembles invited to prestigious festivals in TMU’s geographic region who apply to USArtists International in 2019.

New York Foundation for the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts

New York, NY

$17,000

to support performances of Shamel Pitts’ Black Velvet and Black Hole at Dock 11/Eden in Berlin, Germany and Derida Dance Center in Sofia, Bulgaria in September 2018.

New York University Skirball Center

New York University Skirball Center

New York, NY

$3,000

to support performances of Bulgarian performance artist Ivo Dimchev’s P Project in October 2018.

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Andover, MA

$30,000

to support a Central or Eastern European conservation professional’s participation in a 55-day, advanced training internship in photograph conservation at NEDCC in fall 2018.

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Andover, MA

$15,000

to support Central and Eastern European and Russian participation in a three-day professional development symposium at the Croatian State Archives in spring of 2019.

Philadelphia Dance Projects

Philadelphia Dance Projects

Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

to support two Hungarian choreographers’ participation in the three-week Budapest/Philadelphia Dance Artist Exchange residency in Philadelphia in fall 2018.

Residency Unlimited

Residency Unlimited

Brooklyn, NY

$21,000

to support the Young Visual Artists Award (YVAA) program regional meeting in Croatia in June 2018.

Residency Unlimited

Residency Unlimited

Brooklyn, NY

$125,000

to bring award recipients from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia to the United States in 2018 and 2019 as part of the Young Visual Artists Awards program.

Residency Unlimited

Residency Unlimited

Brooklyn, NY

$10,000

to support a three-month residency for Hungarian visual arts duo Borsos Lorinc at Residency Unlimited from September 1 through November 30, 2018.

San Francisco International Arts Festival

San Francisco International Arts Festival

San Francisco, CA

$15,000

to present ANTIWORDS by the Czech Spitfire Company at the San Francisco International Arts Festival in May 2019.

Single Carrot Theatre

Single Carrot Theatre

Baltimore, MD

$3,800

to send NYC-based lighting designer Christina Watanabe to Panic Button Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria to conduct a lighting design laboratory and workshop for Bulgarian theater directors and designers in October and November 2018.

Slought Foundation

Slought Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

$40,000

to support the multidisciplinary project Everything was forever, until it was no more, a series of exchanges to map, engage, and share knowledge across borders between a network of civic institutions working on civil society initiatives based in Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Mongolia, Romania, Slovakia, and the United States from July 2018 through July 2020.

The Drama League

The Drama League

New York, NY

$30,000

to support The Drama League’s 2018/2019 bilateral US/Bulgaria and US/Romania Directors Exchange programs, and to develop partnerships with the Polish theater community.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, NY

$34,000

to support the 2018 Russian Museum Exchange Program, which will bring seven staff members from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the State Hermitage, and the Moscow Kremlin museums together to conduct curatorial and conservation research and share administrative and fundraising best practices.

The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory

Minneapolis, MN

$10,000

to support a curatorial research residency for St. Petersburg-based duo TOK (Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits) to further develop their project States of Control at the Soap Factory and Weisman Art Museum in Minnesota and to premiere a new edition of the project at The Soap Factory in early 2019. 

The Strand Theater Company

The Strand Theater Company

Baltimore, MD

$2,250

to support Baltimore-based theater director Susan Stroupe’s participation in the Varna International Theatre Festival & National Showcase in Varna, Bulgaria in June 2018.

The Watermill Center

The Watermill Center

New York, NY

$22,000

to bring three emerging, multidisciplinary artists from TMU’s geographic region to Watermill as part of the International Summer Program in July and August 2018.

The Wilma Theater

The Wilma Theater

Philadelphia, PA

$30,000

to support a two-week planning visit in August 2018 and a six-week rehearsal residency in October 2018 for Moscow-based theater director Yury Urnov in preparation for the November 2018 opening of playwright Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play.

WaxFactory

WaxFactory

New York, NY

$5,000

to support WaxFactory co-founder Ivan Talijancic’s travel to Rijeka, Croatia for two weeks in June 2018 to conduct pre-production activities in conjunction with a large-scale, site-specific performance slated for 2020 as part of RIJEKA 2020/European Capital of Culture.

Yale School of Drama

Yale School of Drama

New Haven, CT

$10,000

to support Tom Sellar’s travel to Croatia, Czech Republic, and Slovenia to seek out seminal theater artists and writers, and to support their travel to Yale University in 2018 and 2019.

TMU ONLINE APPLICATION

TO BEGIN AN INITIAL INQUIRY, CLICK HERE.

TMU reviews applications two times a year. To make the experience more user friendly, the application process is broken down into two parts:

  1. Initial Inquiry stage
  2. Full Application

The deadlines are as follows:

  • Initial inquiry: May 1
  • Full Application: August 1
  • Notification: mid-November

This round is for projects happening January 1 or later.

  • Initial Inquiry: November 1
  • Full Application: February 1
  • Notification: mid-May

This round is for projects happening July 1 or later.


Please note that Initial Inquiries and Full Applications are due at 5:00pm, EST. Should the due dates of either the Inquiry or Full Application fall on a Saturday or Sunday, they are due on Monday, the next business day. Supporting materials for the Full Application should be received no more than two weeks following the respective deadline. When submitting a letter of recommendation, please clearly indicate the organization that is applying. We do not guarantee a notification of receipt of any supporting materials or letters. Grant tracking and/or application ID numbers are for grantee reference only and cannot be used for our purposes.

Please contact us if any questions arise during this process.

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