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Artists as Change Agents: Beyond Bellagio

Beyond Bellagio




The inaugural 2014-2015 awards have been announced! Congratulations to Tiziana Panizza of Santiago, Chile, for Solitary Land; and Samir Parker from Thane, India, for roof/tarp/city.
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“Artists as Change Agents: Beyond Bellagio” is a new grantmaking initiative of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Programs. Launched in 2014 and managed by the Alliance of Artists Communities, this initiative extends the impact of a residency by providing support to advance work initiated at Bellagio that addresses the challenging issues of our times and exemplifies the Foundation’s goal of promoting the wellbeing of humankind around the world. Recognizing that such work often struggles to find mainstream support, these grants will provide critical resources for the dissemination of promising new work.

Project grants are awarded to recent Bellagio visual arts alumni for the presentation, making public, and sharing of artistic work initiated at Bellagio that addresses social and global issues of contemporary relevance. Through this initiative, work not well supported in the mainstream that addresses important issues of social and global change will have further reach and Bellagio artists will have greater influence capacity.

"Artists play an important role as change agents, engaging with challenging contemporary issues and connecting with audiences in ways that open minds and inspire action. This new program, launched in partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities, will recognize and support work that reflects the spirit of the Bellagio residency program by addressing and promoting human wellbeing around the world. This work, these artists, and the issues they address merit the broadest audience possible and this program will bring them the attention they deserve." - Rob Garris, former Managing Director of Bellagio Center Programs

Bellagio Center

“One of the many things I took away from the transformational experience [of my Bellagio residency] was the justification — even the imperative — of dreaming as big as possible, and not giving up on the pursuit of those dreams.”

Skye Pape, Bellagio Center alumna

This new funding initiative represents the Rockefeller Foundation’s commitments to deepening individuals’ capacity to promote human wellbeing and expanding the platform on which to enact this work.

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center's mission is to promote innovation and identify impact-oriented solutions to critical global problems. The Center, through conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to “promote the well-being of humanity.” The Center has a record of major impact, from meetings that led to the Green Revolution and the Global AIDS vaccine initiative, to residencies that furthered the work of Glenn Ligon. This legacy, the serene work environment on the shore of Lake Como in northern Italy, the diverse groups of people, and the promise of future achievements make Bellagio an inspiring and productive forum for fostering positive change.

Bellagio Center

“What direct impact did Bellagio have on my work? The prosaic answer is simply that I got it done, no small thing....

Discussions on evolutionary biology, dance in film, international tribunals, the histories of Odessa and Bolivia, 'American Indian' contributions to U.S. law, revelatory poetry, slavery, scrapping the U.S. Constitution, the Episcopal Church, Arabic poetry, human trafficking in Nepal, being gay in Iowa, and the sociology of Airstream Trailers changed our lives forever.”

Darius Brubeck, Bellagio Center alumnus

QUESTIONS? This project is managed by the Alliance of Artists Communities. Questions about eligibility, guidelines, applications, and other details should be directed to the Alliance at or 401-351-4320.

Learn more about the Bellagio Center at