Established by Cunningham in 2000 and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation in 2002, the Trusts serves as the custodian of the work of Merce Cunningham. Its mission is to preserve, enhance, and maintain the integrity of that choreographic and other artistic work, and make such works available for the benefit of the public.
In 2012, the Trust established headquarters at New York's City Center, where it offers daily classes in Cunningham Technique™. The Trust offers a program of various activities, including the Cunningham Fellowship, which a awards a stipend to individuals to restage a Cunningham work during a multi-week intensive workshop.
The Trust licenses Cunningham works to leading dance companies and educational institutions worldwide, and partners with cultural institutions to mount special projects, performances, and exhibitions that celebrate Cunningham’s artistic achievements.