Building Bridges

Goals & Strategies

Since 2007, the Building Bridges Program has supported endeavors that engage U.S.-based Muslim communities and their neighbors through the creative and digital arts as well as multimedia-based experiential learning to advance cross-community understanding and relationships. Through this approach, the program’s larger aim is to contribute toward a more just civil society and greater well-being among people.

Building Bridges Program grantee projects have included diverse creative forms, including digital, literary, multimedia, and performing arts-based experiences. Performances and related educational programming as well as materials and/or discussions to contextualize exhibitions for audiences are also supported. The program has observed through self-evaluations conducted by its grantees that greater familiarity and resonance with Muslim cultures is most effectively forged when audiences are able to immerse themselves in the experience and participate directly. It is clear from those evaluations, that opportunities for experiential learning through interactive and/or collaborative communication have demonstrated significant impact.

Criteria for Support

The Building Bridges Program uses the following criteria when considering grant requests (see Grants Awarded for examples of projects that have received funding):

  • Focus: The program supports online and/or live projects that primarily center on the creative forms of digital, literary, multimedia, and performing arts with cultural roots in Muslim regions and diaspora;
  • Intended Audiences: The program supports projects that define a specific, clearly identified online and/or live population and demonstrates an understanding of their behaviors and preferences;
  • Goals for Achieving Success: The program prioritizes initiatives that can clearly define how they will advance understanding and relationships between Muslim communities and their neighbors and;
  • Management Capacity: The program supports organizations with the capacity to manage the projects for which they seek funding, and whose efforts align with the organization's mission and goals.

Funding Initiatives

The Building Bridges Program will primarily provide support through the Building Bridges 2020 Grants Program.