Portland’s Shaking The Tree has been recognized as one of 20 ground-breaking small arts organizations in the US with a three year SEED operating grant worth $30,000 from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF). The awards are new this year and were announced on Monday, November 12.
RRF made awards in “5 key geographies: Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans, Portland and Providence. These organizations did not apply for the grant but were identified by local cultural leaders, researched by RRF and highlighted through this national effort to focus and support great work across the United States. The SEED grant award will provide these organizations $10,000/year for three years in much needed operating capital.”
In Portland, Performance Works Northwest and Conduit Dance also received awards.
The announcement came as something of a (good) surprise to Samantha Van Der Merwe, Artistic Director of Shaking The Tree. The grant “is such a blessing for a small company like Shaking The Tree,” Van Der Merwe said.
Shaking The Tree is known for producing outstanding work and has been honored with several Drammy awards in recent years. Their most recent production of FAR AWAY by Caryl Churchill in August showed the company’s tradition of excellence is alive and well.