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Bethany Martin-Breen

LeadConvenings & Networks, The Rockefeller Foundation

As a member of the Innovation team and Program Lead, Innovation, Bethany Martin-Breen works with grantees and international partners to develop and curate an annual calendar of programming 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 oversaw international research projects 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 Information Science from the Palmer School at Long Island University.

Authored Content

  • Feb 02 2023
    Perspective Reflections on the 2022 Bellagio Center Class of Leading Thinkers and Doers In 2022, we welcomed 102 diverse and pioneering residents from over 28 different countries to the Bellagio Center. Representing a wide range of expertise and cultural experiences, they arrived to work on projects varying in topic and traversing a broad set of fields and disciplines. We invited them to advance their work at the Bellagio […] Bethany Martin-Breen, Sarah Geisenheimer
  • Apr 09 2018
    Perspective 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 […] Bethany Martin-Breen
  • Mar 22 2017
    Perspective 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 […] Bethany Martin-Breen
  • Dec 07 2016
    Perspective 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 […] Bethany Martin-Breen
  • Apr 23 2015
    Perspective 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 […] Bethany Martin-Breen