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The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design receives Rockefeller Foundation grant

POSTED ON: July 12, 2012

The Rockefeller Foundation’s President Dr. Judith Rodin announced the 16 winners of the Foundation’s 2012 New York City Cultural Innovation Fund competition – and with it nearly $3 million in grants to support local New York City art and artists. Each of these 16 New York City-based organizations will receive a two-year grant of up to $250,000, underscoring the Foundation’s commitment to artistic expression and innovation, and bolstering the vital economic engine that the creative sector brings to New York. This year’s winners were selected from nearly 400 diverse projects.

Winners include Fourth Arts Block in partnership with The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design to transform East 4th Street Cultural District into a sustainable city block, using the arts as a tool for engagement and as the means to share lessons learned with the rest of NYC

Professor Kevin Bone, FAIA, serves as the Director of The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.

For more information and a complete listing of competition winners please visit here.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.