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.

Five New Grants and a Gift Announced for March 2018

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is pleased to announce the following grants and a gift:

  • A grant to Columbia College Chicago to assist in the production of a student thesis film, Jack and Anna. Based on events that occurred in Colorado in 1913, Jack and Anna tells the story of a young queer couple who try to escape their small town when their secret is exposed.
  • A grant to Desert Rose Productions of Cathedral City, Calif., to help support the production of a new play, Dare, by Allan Baker. The play centers on an elderly gay man who suffers abuse from the staff of the nursing home where he lives and on the young gay doctor who helps him. Flashbacks from the older man’s life depict the evolution of gay culture from the early 1970s on. Performances are scheduled to run for four weeks, beginning on April 20. For more information, consult Desert Rose’s website.
  • A grant to Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kansas City, Mo., to help support the production of a new choral work, We, the Unknown, by Timothy C. Takach (composer) and Rob Hill and Pat Daneman (librettists). We, the Unknown ponders the question of who is buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier—including asking whether he might have been a gay man. The work will be included in Heartland’s concert “Indivisible: Resistance & Remembrance,” a collaboration with the National World War I Museum & Memorial; the concert will feature male voices of the United States Army Soldiers’ Chorus. Performances are scheduled for June 9 and 10 at the Folly Theater in downtown Kansas City. Visit the Heartland Men’s Chorus website for more information.
  • A gift to Open Meadows Foundation of Brooklyn, N.Y., in memory of the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation’s late vice president, Dr. Donna R. Barnes, who died in January. The donation will help Open Meadows establish a new playwriting prize for women. For more on the work of the Open Meadows Foundation, visit its website.
  • A grant to Sage Theatre of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to help fund the production of a new play, Legislating Love (The Everett Klippert Story), by Natalie Meisner. Legislating Love tells the story of Calgary city bus driver Everett George Klippert, the last person to be jailed for homosexuality in Canada, and of a young historian who discovers Klippert’s case and becomes consumed with finding out more about him. The play will receive its world premiere production at the West Village Theatre in Calgary later this month, running from March 22 to March 31. More information can be found on Sage Theatre’s website.
  • A grant to Unique Projects, Inc., of New York City, to support a video project entitled Carmen & Roesia, which is being produced by the social media-based music, dance, and cinema company Avant Projekts. The video, which reimagines George Bizet’s opera Carmen, suggests that the reason Carmen is never satisfied with any man is because she is, in fact, a lesbian. When completed, Carmen & Roesia will be posted on Avant Projekts’ Facebook page.

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.