Gratitude, Generosity, and Generative Conversations

Dear Friend Of Denniston Hill,

Looking back at 2018—a tumultuous year of political violence and environmental catastrophe—there is still much to be grateful for. We are indebted to the artists, writers, and cultural makers we serve and for the generative conversations that take place at Denniston Hill, a site where new ideas are developed and practiced.

It is through the generosity of our partner organizations and ongoing collaborations with them that we are able to leverage the full creative force of our communities. These collaborations are allowing us to deepen our work in meaningful ways: pushing art forms into new and emerging territories, and addressing the urgent needs of under-resourced communities.

For example, this year we launched a new commissioning program for performance artists and through the Exodus Reading Group—also a new initiative—we are bringing together artists, scholars, and curators as well as other invited guests to envision new ways of thinking about current issues and challenges. First-time grants from Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund provide key support for these programs, while NYSCA helps fund our residency program.

We are proud to share that this year, three of our recent alumni: poet Natalie Diaz; choreographer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili; and filmmaker and performance artist Wu Tsang received the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award. These artists are working at the forefront of radical formal experimentation while moving beyond the limits of “minoritarian” discourse. 

Your year-end donation at will ensure that we can continue to support artists like Natalie, Okwui, and Wu at critical stages in their development.

For the next few years, we are dedicating all of our programs to the theme of Exodus. The Exodus story finds new resonance today in a world defined by homelessness, both literal and existential, on an epic scale. Every day we witness scenes of mass dispossession as millions around the globe flee war, natural calamity, ethnic cleansing, and economic hardship. But not even the most privileged can claim to be secure or fully at home in today’s world, for the laws and institutions of civil society have been occupied and rendered ineffective, even meaningless, by the incursions of global capitalism and mass surveillance, the rise of neo-fascism, the disrupting force of severe climate patterns, and game-changing developments in science and technology.

A gift today will ensure that we can continue to create opportunities for new visions that will emerge from this wilderness and bring about transformative change.

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We are tremendously grateful to all of our donors, big and small. In particular, we would like to thank our Visionary Circle members who provide us with unrestricted support, allowing us to scale up as we build our organizational capacity.

 We look forward to engaging with you in the year ahead. Together we can make a difference.

With gratitude!

The Denniston Hill Team


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