Live Arts Boston Award!


April 1, 2017

The Boston Foundation recently awarded Jessie Jeanne & Dancers a Live Arts Boston grant in support of process and creation.

Jessie Jeanne & Dancers is a rigorous creative laboratory and performance collaborative for visceral and somatic research, via contemporary dance making practices. We value audacity and somatic awareness. Through creative process we traverse cultural and interpersonal boundaries, unearthing new pathways of communication and connection. We have a commitment to commissioning local, national, and international dance choreographers to set original works on New England-based dancers, striving always to work with one established and one emerging choreographer each season in an effort to fortify the dance economy.

The Live Arts Boston award will allow Jessie Jeanne & Dancers to commission a work from Dutch-Israeli choreographer, Itzik Galili. In 2006, Galili was Knighted in the Netherlands on the royal order of the House of Orange-Nassau. Galili plans to alter an existing work that was created on an all-male cast, to be performed by eight women.

Live Arts Boston (LAB) is designed to respond directly to the needs articulated by Boston's arts community through Boston Creates. LAB provides critically needed, flexible, project-specific grants to Greater Boston’s performing artists and small nonprofit performing arts organizations to create, produce or present artistic work for Greater Boston audiences. To learn more about this grant program, go to

The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of some $1 billion. In 2016, the Foundation and its donors paid $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of more than $107 million. The Foundation is proud to be a partner in philanthropy, with more than 1,000 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes.In celebration of its Centennial in 2015, the Boston Foundation launched the ongoing Campaign for Boston to strengthen the Permanent Fund for Boston, the only endowment focused on meeting the most pressing needs of Greater Boston. The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, think tank and advocacy organization, commissioning research into the most critical issues of our time and helping to shape public policy designed to advance opportunity for everyone in Greater Boston. The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), a distinct operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations both here and around the globe. For more information about the Boston Foundation or TPI, visit or call 617-338-1700.

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