The Queens Museum is among 46 cultural nonprofits selected for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ new $30 million program to support technological innovation at teams and help them stabilize and thrive after the pandemic. A Bloomberg tech fellow is being appointed at each, the charities announced Tuesday.
Heryte Tequame, assistant director of communications and digital projects at the museum, has been selected as its colleague in the Digital Accelerator program and will be in charge of developing a digital project of her choice. In an interview, she said that in 2020, the museum “realizes where we need to expand our capacity and invest more”.
“I think now we are really taking the time to see what we can do to have a long lifespan,” says Tequame. “And not just being responsive, but being really proactive and having a real strategy to face the future.”
The foundations don’t yet know exactly how much of the $30 million each will receive, but Tequame said she wants to put at least some of it into the museum’s permanent collection.
Another recipient, Harlem Stage, chose Deirdre May, senior director of digital content and marketing, as his technology colleague.
Patricia Cruz, chief executive officer and artistic director, said in an interview that performing arts center – which focuses mainly on artists of color – aims to use a section to increase accessibility. “Those who can’t leave their homes will be able to see some of the best performing arts that can be done, because” that’s the core of what we do, says Cruz. “
The 46 organizations selected for the program include nonprofits in the US and UK. Of those, 26 are in the United States, and 17 of them are in New York City, including the Apollo Theater, the Ghetto Film School, and the Tenement Museum. Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO Patricia E. Harris said in a statement that as a pandemic hits, cultural institutions must get creative to keep their (virtual) doors open.
“We are now excited to launch the Accelerator program to help more arts organizations sustain innovation and investment,” said Harris, “while strengthening management practices and technologies that are key.” for their long-term success.”
As Cruz from Harlem Stage said, “We’re ready to get up to speed.”