What Are The Bank of America ACTivate AWARDS?

Bank of America ACTivate Awards seeks to foster and accelerate a theatre’s efforts to become more equitable, diverse, welcoming, and inclusive to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals and groups.

Theatre Forward and Bank of America have partnered to award the second round of $300,000 to six theatres that will receive grants of $50,000 each for projects that advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives.
The program supports essential work within the theatre and/or projects that are outwardly focused to advance or deepen relationships with the BIPOC community.

2022 Bank of America ACTIVATE AWARD RECIpients
Theatres receiving grants in 2022 are Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY), Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA), Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles, CA), Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT), and The Old Globe (San Diego, CA).


2021 Bank of America ACTIVATE AWARD RECIpients
Recipients in 2021 were Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY), American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco, CA), American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA), Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles, CA), The Old Globe (San Diego, CA), and Trinity Repertory Company (Providence, RI).

The Bank of America ACTivate Awards are supported by Bank of America, along with the Schloss Family Foundation and The Patti and Rusty Rueff Foundation.
In 2022, the participating theatres were selected by a panel coordinated by consultant Fran Kumin and composed of Donna Walker-Kuhne, President of Walker International Communications Group; Emika Abe, Managing Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director of Cleveland Public Theatre; Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts; and Stephanie Ybarra, Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage.

History of Grant
This program came after the pilot grant program launched in the spring of 2018 called Advancing Strong Theatre. It was an ambitious initiative to enhance the way theatres engage with and strengthen their local community, deepen relationships, and empower individuals, so that everyone, regardless of income, education, age, race, religion, ability, and/or gender identity, could experience theatre and its benefits.
The 2018 pilot round of grants was awarded to Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, Dallas Theater Center, and The Old Globe. It was clear that these projects have made a substantial impact on the lives of their participants, the theatres, and the broader community through storytelling workshops, free-to-public performances, professional tours to community centers, acting workshops, open mics, and other community events.
As a funder of Advancing Strong Theatre, Bank of America knew this work and more had to continue. Now, with an exclusive corporate sponsorship, Bank of America is securing Theatre Forward’s next phase of this grant program on a multi-year basis.

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