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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.
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    Together, we create something new.
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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.
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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.
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TRUST FOR MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING

MISSION

The Trust for Mutual Understanding awards grants to American nonprofit organizations to support the international travel component of cultural and environmental exchanges conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. 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

2015 Cultural Grants

$2,020,930

Total Grants
in 2015

$1,375,430

Cultural Grants
in 2015

72

Cultural Grants
in 2015

2015 Cultural Grants

Abrons Arts Center

Abrons Arts Center

New York, NY

$13,000

to bring Romanian arts administrator Zenko Bogdan to the United States for a three-month residency starting in January 2016.

American Center for Mongolian Studies

American Center for Mongolian Studies

Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

to support an exchange between one American and one Mongolian cultural heritage resource management expert in May 2016 and to bring one Mongolian archeologist to the United States to participate in the World Ranger Congress in Colorado in fall 2016.

American Dance Festival

American Dance Festival

Durham, NC

$20,000

to present Russian choreographer Tatiana Baganova’s company, Provincial Dances Theatre, as part of American Dance Festival’s 83rd season in Durham, North Carolina in July 2016 and at the Joyce Theater in New York in August 2016.

American Dance Institute

American Dance Institute

Rockville, MD

$5,000

to bring Slovenian performer and choreographer Jurij Konjar to Washington, DC to collaborate with contemporary American dancer Steve Paxton for a week-long residency, public performances of Paxton’s piece Bound, and public outreach activities in April 2016.

Art in General

Art in General

New York, NY

$35,000

to support the 2016 Eastern European New Commissions Program—an exchange program that will commission two Latvian and two Georgian artists to create and exhibit artwork in New York, and two New York artists to create and exhibit artwork in Riga and Tbilisi—and to support Art in General’s What Now? symposium in spring 2016.

ArtsEmerson

ArtsEmerson

Boston, MA

$20,000

to bring conductor Bassem Akiki, actress Barbara Wysocka, theater director Michal Zadara, and three sound artists from Warsaw, Poland to Boston for performances of Chopin Without Piano and to support a weeklong residency for Bassem Akiki at ArtsEmerson in November 2015.

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Baryshnikov Arts Center

New York, NY

$9,130

to support a three-week residency for Hungarian dancer and choreographer Zsuzsa Rozsavolgyi as part of the BAC Space residency program in October 2015.

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn, NY

$20,000

to support performances of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard by the Maly Drama Theatre and to hold public discussions and a master class lead by director Lev Dodin in February 2016.

Brooklyn Arts Council

Brooklyn Arts Council

Brooklyn, NY

$2,000

to bring curator Ilona Nemeth and art theorist Edit Andras to New York City to participate in a moderated public discussion alongside the traveling exhibition Private Nationalism in December 2015.

Byrd Hoffman Watermill Center

Byrd Hoffman Watermill Center

New York, NY

$5,000

to support Czech artist Zdenek Stehule's participation in the International Summer Program in summer 2015.

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

New York, NY

$20,000

to support Russian clarinetist Stanislav Chernyshev's participation in Ensemble ACJW in 2015–2016.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$45,000

to support a bilateral training program for Russian and American museum professionals funded by the Vladimir Potanin and U.S.-Russia foundations and the Trust for Mutual Understanding in partnership with CEC ArtsLink and PRO ARTE Foundation in 2015.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$8,500

to bring Andras Torok, director of Summa Artium in Budapest, to the United States to give lectures on Hungarian culture and secure project partners in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; New York, New York; and Sarasota, Florida in March 2015.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$9,400

to bring Elena Kolovskaya to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC in May 2015 to establish contacts with American museums and to identify participants for PRO ARTE Foundation's 2016 St. Petersburg Biennale of Museum Design.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$25,000

to send seven American artists to Art Prospect Festival: Games in St. Petersburg, Russia for a series of installations, performances, artistic collaborations, workshops, and public forums in September 2015.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$5,500

to provide supplemental support for American participation in the Prague Quadrennial in June 2015.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$10,000

to support the participation of four American artists, writers, and theoreticians in What, How & for Whom/WHW’s 2016 programming for Gallery Nova in Zagreb, Croatia.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$10,000

to support independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and producer Irena Kovarova’s travel to Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia as part of a Central European touring retrospective of Kelly Reichardt’s work in March 2016.

CEC ArtsLink

CEC ArtsLink

New York, NY

$80,000

to support exchanges in 2016 in connection with ArtsLink Awards program.

Center for International Theatre Development

Center for International Theatre Development

Baltimore, MD

$110,000

to support American participation in DunaPart3—Showcase of Hungarian Contemporary Performing Arts, organized by the Hungarian Theatre Critics Association, Independent Performing Arts Association, and Trafo House of Contemporary Art in March 2015.

Center for International Theatre Development

Center for International Theatre Development

Baltimore, MD

$70,000

to support 2016 travel costs for CITD’s programmatic activities in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, with a continued focus in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Russia.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance

Center for Traditional Music and Dance

New York, NY

$15,000

to bring two Roma musical ensembles from Macedonia and Romania to take part in Beyond Gypsy Stereotypes: Voicing Romani Pluralities in New York City and to attend and perform at the annual Voice of Roma Herdeljezi Festival in San Francisco in spring 2016.

Chez Bushwick

Chez Bushwick

Brooklyn, NY

$15,000

to support performances of Jonah Bokaer's Other Myths at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and Lightbox in New York City in spring 2015.

Creative Time

Creative Time

New York, NY

$1,800

to suport the participation of Creative Time Reports editor-in-chief Marisa Mazria Katz in the OFF-Biennale in Budpaest, Hungary in May 2015.

Creative Time

Creative Time

New York, NY

$25,000

to support Russian participation in the 2015 Creative Time Summit, to support the production of Creative Time Reports (CTR) content from Russian and Central and Eastern European artists, and to enable one Creative Time staff member to travel to the region to expand the network of CTR artist contributors.

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC

$10,000

to bring Illia Gladshtein and Nadia Parfan, the founders of the Festival of Film and Urbanism in Slavutych, Ukraine to the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital in March 2016.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Waterford, CT

$8,000

to support a two-week residency for Russian playwright Lyuba Strizhak at Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in summer 2015.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Waterford, CT

$8,000

to support American participation in the 4th annual Baltic Playwrights Conference in Hiiumaa, Estonia in August 2015.

Experimental Intermedia

Experimental Intermedia

New York, NY

$5,000

to bring American, multi-genre musicians to Riga, Latvia for performances, workshops, and panels at the Skanu Mezs Adventurous Music and Film Festival in fall 2015.

FD13

FD13

Saint Paul, MN

$10,000

to support residencies for three performing artists from Georgia, Romania, and Serbia during FD13’s Southeast European Season that will run from January to May 2016.

Flux Factory

Flux Factory

Long Island City, NY

$14,000

to bring Anna Bitika and Maria Veits, co-founders of Creative Association of Curators TOK, for a three-month residency at Flux Factory in October 2015.

FotoFest

FotoFest

Houston, TX

$12,000

to bring curators and photographers from Czech Republic, Russia, and Slovakia to Houston to participate in the 16th International Fotofest Biennial in March 2016.

Foundation for a Civil Society

Foundation for a Civil Society

New York, NY

$1,700

to support six additional curator visits for YVAA artists when in residence at Residency Unlimited in winter 2015 and spring 2016.

Foundation for Civil Society

Foundation for Civil Society

New York, NY

$97,800

to bring award recipients from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia to the United States in 2015 and 2016 as part of the Young Visual Artists Awards program.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

New York, NY

$10,000

to support artists traveling to Central and Eastern Europe to present work, participate in festivals, and collaborate with local artists through FCA’s 2016 Emergency Grants program.

Headlands Center for the Arts

Headlands Center for the Arts

Sausalito, CA

$25,000

to support two-month residencies for Russian artists Alexey Buldakov and Vladimir Rannev at Headlands Center for the Arts in summer 2015.

Jacob Burns Film Center

Jacob Burns Film Center

Pleasantville, NY

$30,000

to support the participation of Romanian filmmakers, critics, artists, and journalists in the 10th anniversary of Making Waves, a festival of new Romanian cinema, in November 2015.

Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund

Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund

New York, NY

$12,000

to support a three-month residency for one Russian visual artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2015-2016.

La MaMa E.T.C.

La MaMa E.T.C.

New York, NY

$6,000

to support performances of Roman Paska's Echo in Camera at the Dialog Festival in Wroclaw, Poland in October 2015.

La MaMa E.T.C.

La MaMa E.T.C.

New York, NY

$8,000

to support a one-week residency for five Central and Eastern European artists at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in January 2016.

Lark Play Development Center

Lark Play Development Center

New York, NY

$20,000

to support the participation of playwrights, theater professionals, and Lark staff in bilateral exchanges between Hungary, Romania, Russia, and the United States in summer and fall 2015.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

New York, NY

$20,000

to support performances of the Theatre of Nations’ production of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie as part of Lincoln Center Festival in July and August 2015.

Lincoln Center Theater

Lincoln Center Theater

New York, NY

$5,000

to support Russian participation in the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in July 2015.

Maryland Institute College of Art

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore, MD

$20,000

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 summer and fall 2015.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, NY

$40,000

to support a bilateral curatorial exchange program between the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Met to enable curatorial research for exhibitions, provide access to collections at each institution, and enable administrators to share best practices in 2016.

Movement Research

Movement Research

New York, NY

$25,000

to support a three-day plenary involving 16 contemporary dance professionals from the United States and Central, East, and Southeast Europe in Belgrade, Serbia in May 2015.

Movement Research

Movement Research

New York, NY

$2,000

to bring Nevenka Koprivsek of Bunker in Ljubljana to New York for 10 days to participate in a planning conference with Central, East, and Southeast European partners; attend performance festivals; and conduct networking meetings in January 2015.

Movement Research

Movement Research

New York, NY

$25,000

to support the continued development of a Central/East/Southeast European and US partner network in 2015.

Movement Research

Movement Research

New York, NY

$70,000

to support Movement Research’s pilot year of the Central/East European and US Partnership program Global Practice Sharing.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

New York, NY

$4,600

to bring Zelfira Tregulova, the newly appointed director of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, to Minneapolis and New York in April 2015 to meet with museum colleagues and plan collaborative projects.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

New York, NY

$60,000

to support a bilateral curatorial exchange program between the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Museum of Modern Art to enable curatorial research for exhibitions, provide access to collections at each institution, and enable administrators to share best practices in 2016.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

New York, NY

$5,000

to bring State Tretyakov Gallery Advisor Tatiana Mrdulyash from Moscow, Russia to New York and Washington, DC to exchange best practices in fundraising, communications, and vendor management in October 2015.

New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop

New York, NY

$9,000

to support the participation of theater critic John Freedman and actress Oksana Mysina in New York Theatre Workshop's annual summer residency at Dartmouth College in August 2015.

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Andover, MA

$10,000

to support a Central or Eastern European conservation professional’s participation in a two-month, advanced training internship in photograph conservation at NEDCC in fall 2016.

Performance Space 122

Performance Space 122

New York, NY

$13,000

to support PS122 Global 2015, a tour of three shows: Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE, Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow, and Fay Driscoll’s Thank You for Coming: Attendance to the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb in fall 2015.

Performance Space 122

Performance Space 122

Brooklyn, NY

$12,000

to provide supplemental support for the PS122 Global 2015 tour of YOUARENOWHERE, Yesterday Tomorrow, and Thank You for Coming: Attendance to Zagreb, Croatia in fall 2015.

Philadelphia Dance Projects

Philadelphia Dance Projects

Philadelphia, PA

$10,000

to support the continuation of Dance/USA Philadelphia's exchange program with the Workshop Foundation in Budapest by enabling two Philadelphia-based dance professionals to participate in a three-week residency in Budapest in fall 2015.

Residency Unlimited

Residency Unlimited

Brooklyn, NY

$21,000

to support two-month residencies for seven Young Visual Artists Awards recipients at Residency Unlimited in 2015–2016.

Residency Unlimited

Residency Unlimited

Brooklyn, NY

$10,000

to support a three-month residency for Hungarian artist Anna Fabricius in fall 2015.

Salvage Vanguard Theater

Salvage Vanguard Theater

Austin, TX

$5,000

to bring Ida Daniel and Todor Stoyaniv of the Mighty Mighty Pressure Cooker from Sofia, Bulgaria to Austin to complete work on the new piece UNLIVED LIVES and stage its premiere as part of the FuseBox Festival in spring 2016.

Sidra Bell Dance New York

Sidra Bell Dance New York

White Plains, NY

$7,000

to support a teaching and choreographic residency by Sidra Bell at Derida Dance Center in Sofia, Bulgaria in August and September 2015.

Slought Foundation

Slought Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

$9,000

to support the exhibition Staying and associated programs featuring American and Russian architects, scholars, and curators from the National Center for Contemporary Arts Moscow and the Marsch School of Architecture in Moscow, Princeton, and Philadelphia in fall 2015.

The Drama League

The Drama League

New York, NY

$15,000

to support TDL’s 2015–2016 bilateral U.S./Bulgaria Stage Directors Exchange in partnership with Art Office of Bulgaria.

The Field

The Field

New York, NY

$10,000

to bring professional Polish dance artists Agnieszka Kryst, Jan Lorys, Romana Nagabczynska, and Pawel Sakowicz to New York to participate in the final creative phase and premier of Rebecca Lazier’s There Might Be Others at New York Live Arts in March 2016.

The Field

The Field

New York, NY

$5,000

to support Aaron Landsman’s travel to Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia in 2016 and 2017 in preparation for performances of Appointment: Novi Sad in 2017.

The Imaginists

The Imaginists

Santa Rosa, CA

$7,000

to bring Kretakor Artistic Manager Arpad Schilling from Budapest, Hungary to Santa Rosa, CA to conduct an intensive residency in collaborative, community-specific performance in spring 2016.

Trap Door Theatre

Trap Door Theatre

Chicago, IL

$4,000

to bring Zoltan Balazs from Budapest, Hungary to Chicago to direct Trap Door Theatre's production of Decomposed Theatre by Matei Visniec in August 2015.

Wax Factory

Wax Factory

New York, NY

$15,000

to send artistic WaxFactory co-directors Erika Latta and Ivan Talijancic to Ljubljana, Slovenia for a collaborative development workshop for PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER! in winter 2015.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Washington, DC

$15,000

to support the continuation of Woolly Mammoth's partnership with Russian theater director Yury Urnov in 2015.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Washington, DC

$15,000

to support the continuation of Woolly Mammoth’s partnership with Russian theater director Yury Urnov for the 2016 production season.

Yale School of Drama

Yale School of Drama

New Haven, CT

$10,000

to send American theater critic and editor Tom Sellar to Poland and Slovenia to attend performances and interview playwrights, critics, directors, designers, and scholars; and to support their travel to Yale University to participate in symposia and master classes in 2015 and 2016.

Yale School of Drama

Yale School of Drama

New Haven, CT

$30,000

to bring Russian theater director and visual artist Dmitry Krymov and six members of his Moscow-based Dmitry Krymov Laboratory to Yale University for a seven-day teaching residency in January 2016 and a six-week spring residency to create a new production based on Chekhov’s Three Sisters to premiere at the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June 2016.

TMU ONLINE APPLICATION

For detailed information on our application process and frequently asked questions, please visit our Applicants page.

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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