Innovation/

Bethany Martin-Breen

Manager

As a member of the Innovation team and Manager of Convenings & Networks, Bethany Martin-Breen works with staff, grantees and international partners to develop and curate an annual calendar of programs and events that serve to foster innovation, build new networks, and advance the Foundation’s mission and goals.

Before joining the Innovation team, Ms. Martin-Breen was in charge of building and implementing new strategic partnerships to enhance the international reach of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center and attract leading artists, practitioners and scholars to its programs. Prior to that, while on the Strategic Insights and Research team at the Foundation, she conducted research surveys to identify and scope new opportunities for the Foundation including major initiatives to reduce food losses and food waste in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ms. Martin-Breen holds a master’s degree in Art History and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and a second master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School at Long Island University.

Authored Content

  • Apr 09 2018
    Blog Post Can Artists Help Us Find 21st Century Solutions to 21st Century Problems? The Rockefeller Foundation shares complete series of artistic work from the Bellagio Creative Arts Fellows program.   Contemporary art reflects the world in which it is made—the identities and politics, dreams, and aspirations of contemporary societies. Through artistic inquiry and practice, artists have an opportunity to call out the discrete or communal political issues and […]
  • Mar 22 2017
    Blog Post Four Arts & Culture Organizers Speak Up on the Centrality of Equity in Their Work What can we do to foster and further amplify equitable ways of working, decision making, and engagement within the communities we serve? At the annual conference of the Alliance of Artists Communities and in subsequent conversations with arts administrators, cultural organizers, and residency program directors, I have been thinking about this question. Across The Rockefeller […]
  • Dec 07 2016
    Blog Post Inviting Constructive Controversy One of the twentieth century’s most original thinkers, Marcel Duchamp, once said, “I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.” The value of getting out of our own heads and challenging our preconceived notions has been part of the ethos and modus operandi of The Rockefeller Foundation […]
  • Apr 23 2015
    Blog Post Three Contemporary Visual Artists Are Named Bellagio Creative Arts Fellows For the past six years, the Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowship (BCAF) has annually recognized three visual artists whose bold, socially engaged, and frequently interdisciplinary work is inspired by global or social issues, and demonstrates exceptional originality. The BCAF program—with the support of a distinguished international panel—has helped to advance the work of some of the […]
  • Mar 02 2015
    Blog Post For Workers Outside the Formal Economy, Health Is the First Casualty Photo credit: Flickr user Timothy Krause “More than 60 percent of the world’s workforce is in the informal sector, and 70 to 90 percent have few or no health benefits.” Over 1 billion urban women in low-income countries do not have full rights to property, including land and finances. As a result, they face significant […]
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