The Alfred P. Sloan foundation was started by an engineer as a way to bring science and the arts together. How perfect is that?
NPR broadcasts sign off to benefactor applause—time and time again “Brought to you in part from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,” is uttered from radio announcer’s lips. Who is Alfred P. Sloan, and why was he giving money to NPR?
By Larissa Zimberoff
As the youngest graduate at the time to earn a BS in electrical engineering from MIT, later becoming a President and CEO of General Motors, Sloan was a born innovator. Founded in 1934, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a non-profit that supports original research and education related to science, technology, and economic performance with its goal to improve the quality of American life.
In 2005 the funding was opened up to bridge the humanities and the sciences through support of books, radio, film, television, theatre, and new media. There are a few different opportunities for screenwriters, through a Commissioning Grant, a Fellowship and more. Along with creative and strategic feedback, funding provides cash awards to support screenplay development and includes help finding science advisors. The Foundation currently works with six film schools, the Tribeca Institute, Sundance Institute and the Hampton’s International Film Festival.
Check out these past examples of funded work:
Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess
Rob Meyer’s A Birder’s Guide to Everything
Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man
Mike Cahill’s Another Earth
Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
See more winners here.
Are you an artist interested in science? Look no further, the application for the 2015 Grant and Fellowship will be available this June. If theatre is more your thing, the Foundation has an active theater program and commissions science-themed plays each year from the Ensemble Studio Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwright Horizons. Take the next few months to develop your idea, and SciArt wishes you luck with your submission.
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