Awesome Foundation: Dreary Coast

Dreary Coast
We are pleased to announce that this month’s AwesomeNYC grant has been awarded to The Dreary Coast, a site-specific work combining sculpture, costumes, music, sound, and theater, being performed over the next two weeks on the Gowanus Canal.

The audience meets at a secret location and embarks on a night time journey through Greek and Roman myths, pieces of Dante’s Inferno, and blasts of black metal. There are two ways to see the show: by boat or from land.

The show runs from now until November 1st, and tickets are available online.

New York City has always been a playground for creatives. We love that there are people out there exploring the hidden nooks of this town, and we’re proud to be able to support their dreams.

Do you have a dream?

We are always looking for Awesome new projects that can use our help. Could you use $1,000? Check out our website at and apply for a grant today!

Until next month,
The Trustees of the The Awesome Foundation, NYC Chapter

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Awesome Foundation NYC – August 2012 Update

We want to give you $1000 for your best idea.

That’s what we do as the New York City chapter of the Awesome Foundation. We give micro-grants each month to projects that are inspiring, delightful, and elegant: in a word, Awesome. And applying couldn’t be more easy.

We just awarded our August grant to the City Surfers initiative of Concrete Safaris in East Harlem, which manages 15,000 square feet of child and youth-centered gardens on NYC Housing Authority property. Through the program, young people grow fruits and vegetables and perennial butterfly plants, transforming the physical environment in the public housing projects and inspiring their peers to get outside and play.

Our previous grantees are also continuing their Awesome work. The designers who received our July Grant are holding a fundraiser for their project Silent Lights, a permanent interactive sculpture in Red Hook that will transform traffic noise into a beautiful display of light.

And our June 2011 grantee, Babycastles, New York’s first independent games arcade, hosted a 3-day summit at the Museum of Art & Design.

We award grants every month so don’t keep your ideas to yourself. There are no limiting criteria, save that your idea must be awesome. Apply today for our September grant!

Rotobooth shots from the Awesome Foundation Party @ Babycastles

Here are a couple Rotobooth shots from tonight’s Awesome Foundation NYC Party at Babycastles.  Babycastles, an independent video game arcade, were the co-hosts of the party and the recipients of the latest $1000 grant from Awesome NYC.  Rotobooth, a project by fellow ITP alum Mike Kelberman, is an automated photo booth that uploads pictures directly to Flickr.

Below: Awesome Foundation NYC trustees: Catherine White, Jesse Chan-Norris, and myself

More photos on Flickr

Awesome Foundation NYC September Party

This Monday, the Awesome Foundation NYC held our end-of-summer party at Tribeca Tavern, where we celebrated our recent grantees: Sub Base One by Lee Von Kraus and the Hip Hop Word Count by Tahir Hemphill.  Thanks to everyone for coming out and thanks to Grolsch Grants for the free beer!

Awesome Foundation NYC April Party

Every month the Awesome Foundation NYC gives away $1000 a month to something that is awesome. It can be anything, anywhere….then we throw a party give out the award (always cash in a brown paper bag), and celebrate all things AWESOME that month.

You are invited to the:

Awesome Foundation NYC April Party
Monday, April 19, at 7pm
D.B.A. in the East Village
41 1st Ave. btw 2nd & 3rd


In previous months we have funded a laser tractor beam that prods amoebas in a bus and an Arduino-powered Anywhere Organ. This month we are funding something more reptilian in nature. Just what exactly? Come see for yourself in the flesh on Monday, April 19 at 7pm. These things have a curfew.

Who is the Awesome Foundation NYCJesse Chan-Norris, Lee-Sean Huang, Sam Lessin, Steve Rosenbaum, Douglas Repetto, Dawn Barber, Clay Shirky, Colin Nederkoorn, Brandon Kessler, Catherine White, and Elizabeth Stark.

And how do you apply for an Awesome Foundation grant? by the end of the month, awesome.

Hope to see you next week,
The Awesome Foundation NYC