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What five cultural institutions deserve your #GivingTuesday bucks today?

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David Cote

Founded two years ago by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday is a movement to pay it forward. We’ve had Black Friday, we’ve had Cyber Monday, now it’s time to spend money on something other than discounted TVs or yet another pair of skinny jeans.

Why not give to a cultural institution? Artists need all the support they can get. Here are five we picked off the top of our heads. Have your own suggestions? Comment below.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
For 45 years, VLA has been representing artists and offering pro bono legal advice. If you care about protecting art, then you should help to protect artists.

New Dramatists
Few outfits have the cultural cachet or the track record this one does, offering seven-year fellowships to emerging playwrights and giving them crucial career support.

Film Society of Lincoln Center
More than just an alternative to multiplex dreck or a good way to impress a classy date, the Film Society needs donor cash acquire rare prints, host artist talks and bring in visiting directors.

Rubin Museum of Art
With all due respect to the Met and MoMA, they’ll be just fine. Smaller bastions of culture, however, depend on your generosity. For culture vultures who look beyond the Western mindset, the Rubin is a worthy cause.

American Opera Projects
Oh, opera. You are so very expensive to make. And yet, when you work, you are glorious. Consider giving to this wonderful company that fosters new opera for the 21st century. Full disclosure: AOP is one of the groups behind The Scarlet Ibis with a libretto by yours truly (pictured above), premiering this January in PROTOTYPE.

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