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The Kenneth Rainin Foundation Awards $457,000 in Grants to Support Dance, Theater, Film and Early Literacy in the San Francisco Bay Area

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today that it has awarded $457,000 in grants this year to support education and the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. The first two grant cycles were designed to address the Foundation's mission to enhance quality of life by promoting equitable access to a baseline of literacy and enabling inspiration through the magic of the arts. The Foundation is pleased to support the important work of these recipients who reflect its core values of innovation, collaboration and connection.

The Arts

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation supports dance and theater organizations that display artistic promise and vision, and bring vital performances and programs to the public. In addition, in collaboration with the San Francisco Film Society, the Foundation has created a grantmaking program to support Bay Area filmmakers in the production of narrative features with social justice themes.

Awards in Dance:

  • AXIS Dance for the creation of a new work with choreographer David Dorfman
  • Dance Brigade for the production of The Great Liberation Upon Hearing
  • Dancers' Group for ONSITE 2.0, the commission of two new site-specific performances that will be free to the public
  • Yannis Adoniou's KUNST-STOFF for the production of their 11th Home Season at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
  • Flyaway Productions for the premiere of Singing Praises: Centennial Dances for the Women's Building, a new sight-specific dance on the Women's Building in the Mission District, celebrating the Building's centennial and its role as a gathering space for women
  • Janice Garrett & Dancers for the creation of a new work with Charles Moulton, The Experience of Flight in Dreams
  • ODC Dance for Architecture of Light, an installation performance to celebrate ODC/Dance's 40th Anniversary and the re-opening of ODC's landmark facility, the ODC Theater

Awards in Theater:

  • PlayGround for the PlayGround Commissioning Initiative, the development of 10 new full-length plays by the Bay Area's leading emerging playwrights
  • theatre Q for the production of Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart
  • The Marsh for The Marsh Performance Initiative II, the creation and presentation of 5 full-length and 10 short works of solo theater, and training artists in the business of theater
  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre for the production of Girlfriend, a new play by Todd Almond with music by indie-rocker Matthew Sweet
  • EXITheatre for the expansion of their theatreplex by adding a 49-seat theater and a classroom/rehearsal space
  • Theatre Bay Area in support of the New Works Fund, a program that connects local playwrights with local theatre companies, and helps small and midsize theatres successfully produce new plays
  • Z Space Studio for the production of The Companion Piece by Mark Jackson

Awards in Film:

  • Richard Levien for the feature film, La Migra
  • Amanda Micheli for the feature film, Tomboy
  • Jeff Zimbalist for the feature film, The Scribe of Uraba


The Kenneth Rainin Foundation supports emergent and early literacy programs that serve children from disadvantaged economic backgrounds in Oakland, California.

Awards in Early Literacy:

  • Bring Me a Book for the First Teachers Literacy Curriculum to develop an early literacy, read-aloud curriculum for preschool teachers, assistants, and childcare providers, in collaboration with Stanford and the University of Pacific
  • Raising a Reader for the Alameda County Project to encourage book sharing and "read-aloud" routines in the homes of low-income families in Oakland


The Kenneth Rainin Foundation will launch its new Innovator Awards Program for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Research in 2010. The Program is designed to accelerate the pace of discovery in IBD research.

To accomplish the Foundation's mission of no one suffering from IBD, the Innovator Awards Program emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration to find applicants with diverse backgrounds who can help build a creative, conceptual paradigm for IBD.

Initial one-year grants of $100,000 will be awarded once annually. The first round of applications will be accepted February 15 - March 15, 2010. Successful projects will be eligible for significant multi-year funding based on the initial year's proof of principle work.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation ( is a private family foundation that funds inspiring and world-changing work. In addition to its work with the arts and literacy, it strives to provide opportunity for a healthy lifestyle for those with chronic disease. The Foundation focuses its efforts on the San Francisco Bay Area and specific medical issues and will utilize its networks, resources, and commitment to socially responsible practices to support innovation, collaboration and connection.

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