Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has been selected as a grantee 
of  the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management Program

BALTIMORE (September 5, 2018) – Chesapeake Shakespeare Company today announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.

“Chesapeake Shakespeare Company deeply appreciates the generosity and consideration of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management program in its investment in Baltimore’s arts community,” said Lesley Malin, Managing Director of the downtown theatre company. “We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the grantees. We believe that the program can be transformative to our theatre, how we run our organization, and how we do our work. We can’t wait to get started!”

This month, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company opens its fifth Baltimore season, and its 17th as a theatre for the classics. With five mainstage productions in the downtown theatre and two summer plays at the PFI Historic Park in Howard County, expanded school matinee programming, and a growing acting studio serving youth and adults, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company continues to build on its history as a Maryland performing arts resource and catalyst for downtown Baltimore economic development.

“The Bloomberg Philanthropies have given us a gift and a challenge – to use their support to grow our capacity in ways that will help our community,” said Ian Gallanar, Founder and Artistic Director of the theatre company.

Read news about the grant in The Baltimore Sun.

AIM targets arts nonprofits because of the vital role that they play in building communities, driving local economies and supporting artists. “The arts inspire people, provide jobs, and strengthen communities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This program is aimed at helping some of the country’s most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies will develop curricula and conduct seminars for the program in partnership with leading experts, including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, led by Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan. AIM organizations will engage in activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals. They will receive one-on-one consultations and implementation support for organization leaders and their boards.

All organizations invited to participate in the 2018 expansion of the AIM program are nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Participating organizations will be required to secure 20 percent of their AIM grant in matching dollars; reach 100 percent board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in DataArts, an online management tool that assists arts organizations across the country in collecting, learning from, and using data effectively. The grants will be unrestricted to allow recipients to utilize the funds to address their greatest needs.

Since 2011, AIM has helped more than 500 small and mid-sized organizations in all creative disciplines, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature and dance. Participating organizations reported significant improvements in board development, fundraising and overall income over the two-year program.

Watch this video for an overview of the Arts Innovation and Management program.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Media Contacts

Bloomberg Philanthropies: Rebecca Carriero, 212-205-0182 or

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Jean Thompson,  Director of Communications, or 410-244-8571, ext. 106