The innovative New York City arts scene is now $2.7 million closer to staying afloat. The Rockefeller Foundation announced today that after sorting through 500 grant proposals from the metro area, 18 organizations will be receiving anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 over a two-year period.

When sorting through the proposals, the foundation was keeping its eyes peeled for innovative survival strategies during a time of severe economic decline. "In today's economy, our artists and communities need support to continue to build an innovative creative sector that provokes us to react, question, and learn," said Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation.

New York City Ballet, the Joyce Theater Foundation and the New School are among the 18 cultural organizations. The New School will use its funds for a design and public policy partnership that will research and promote community-based solutions for sustainability.