The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation offers grants to production companies to offset expenses in producing LGBTQ-themed plays, films, videos, and other performing-arts works based on history. Please note that the foundation is not a production company; we provide support for performing-arts productions but do not produce work ourselves. For grant submission guidelines, click here.

The foundation, a not-for-profit corporation registered in New York State, was founded in 1994 by the late playwright/filmmaker Arch Brown in memory of his life-partner of 28 years, Bruce Allen Brown.


Foundation Awards Three New Grants

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is pleased to announce the following production grants for January and February:

  • A grant to Civic Ensemble of Ithaca, N.Y., to help support the production of The Loneliness Project, a documentary play, based on the verbatim testimony of more than 75 interviewees, that chronicles the history of Chicago’s LGBTQIA+ activist communities over the past 20 years. Co-produced by Civic Ensemble and Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts, The Loneliness Project will run for five performances (April 18–21), three on Cornell’s campus and two at a performance space in downtown Ithaca. For more information, visit this page.
  • A grant to Fractured Atlas, New York, N.Y., to help fund a workshop production of a new play, Mirrors, by Azure D. Osborne-Lee. The play centers on the lives of African-American lesbian women in the rural South during the 1960s. The workshop production will be presented at Theatre 80 St. Marks in New York City’s East Village on April 25, 2018, as part of this year’s Downtown Urban Arts Festival.
  • A grant to Women Make Movies, New York, N.Y., to help cover post-production costs for a new feature-length documentary film, All We’ve Got, directed by Alexis Clements. The film explores four queer women’s spaces founded in the 1970s and 1980s and still flourishing today—a lesbian bar in Oklahoma City, the Esperanza Center in San Antonio, and the Lesbian Herstory Archives and WOW Café Theatre in New York City.

Congratulations to the award recipients.


Foundation Vice President Donna R. Barnes Has Died

It is with immense sorrow that the officers and members of the advisory board of the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation announce the death of our founding vice president, Donna R. Barnes. Dr. Barnes, 77, died at her home in Brooklyn, New York, on January 20. A longtime friend of AABBF founder Arch Brown (Arnold Krueger) and his companion Bruce Brown, Dr. Barnes was responsible for ensuring the foundation’s continuation and spearheading its re-creation following Arch Brown’s death in 2012. Dr. Barnes was professor emerita of education at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Her passion was seventeenth-century Dutch painting; she curated several exhibitions of Old Master Dutch paintings in both the United States and the Netherlands. She also wrote a number of books on Dutch art and artists, including Matters of Taste: Food and Drink in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art and Life (2002) and Childhood Pleasures: Dutch Children in the Seventeenth Century (2012), both coauthored with food historian Peter G. Rose and published by Syracuse University Press. A formidable cook, she loved nothing more than serving meals and hosting celebrations at her Brooklyn home. Dr. Barnes was predeceased by her life partner, Barbara Miller, with whom she traveled extensively and shared a beloved vacation home, Casa Bardoña, in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Her witty, wise, and comforting presence will be sorely missed by family, colleagues, former students, and many, many friends in the United States, the Netherlands, and elsewhere.