Gaining Ground FUND

ArtsEmerson is Boston's leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. We are dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other. By cultivating diversity in the art and in the audience, we ignite public conversation around our most vexing societal challenges as a catalyst for overcoming them.


It is with this commitment that we launched the Gaining Ground Fund in 2017, which elevates and encourages the ambitions of artists developing work for the world stage that reflects the African Diasporic experience in America. The fund allows us to provide resources to ambitious projects led by artists creating on an epic scale, that remove the obstacles for the work and allow the artists to keep control of both their vision and their process.

Click here to see a list of some of our Gaining Ground artists and their works.

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Launched at the first World Alive! Celebration, the World on Stage Fund supports founder Rob Orchard’s vision for innovative international theater that fills the gaps in Boston’s cultural landscape. Your gift to The World on Stage Fund will provide a stable, long-term source of income to mitigate risk and support artistic innovation for years to come.

Donate to the World on Stage Fund