With arts donors increasingly drawn to programs that advance social goals, we dig into a new initiative exploring how visual art, film, and dance can address mental health issues facing New Yorkers.
The Barr Foundation, a stalwart Boston funder, is helping arts groups to take more risks and engage in stronger civic leadership. What’s its plan for making the arts more “relevant?”
In 2011, Shelley Frost Rubin began laying the groundwork for one of art philanthropy's hottest funding areas with the formation of A Blade of Grass, which recently announced its 2018 fellows for Socially Engaged Art.
Mega-gifts to top L.A. institutions make headlines, but behind the scenes, smaller funders like the Michael Kelly Foundation for the Arts are backing work that questions "institutions and social structures."
With seed money from Agnes Gund’s Art for Change fund, a new fellowship positions the written word as an important way to help tackle issues related to mass incarceration.
The fast-growing creative placemaking field gets another boost from Kresge, which announced a new series of white papers to help practitioners integrate the arts and culture into community development.
We sort through the biggest controversy yet over the problem of tainted donations. How should nonprofits view gifts, past and present, from a family accused of propagating the opioid crisis?
A study of arts funding across the past 25 years reveals a mixed bag. While foundation support for the arts has declined, individual patrons have significantly stepped up giving. What does the future hold?
How can "activist art" compel viewers to actually, well, act? We dig into the place-based strategy employed by San Francisco-based curator and gallerist Cheryl Haines.
The Vilcek Prizes stand out by rewarding individuals for contributions in arts and sciences, but there’s an underlying celebration of cultural exchange and immigration. This year’s recipients drive that message home.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has been a key catalyst of the public art boom with its Public Art Challenge. We look back on the program's successes and where public art may be heading.
The Walton Family Foundation has been engaged in a concerted push to create a strong arts ecosystem in Northwest Arkansas. Its latest move involves a partnership with Artspace.
Mellon is the mothership funder for the arts, humanities, and higher education, with annual grantmaking of $300 million a year. Where will its new leader take this critical foundation?
Winners of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation's Open Spaces grants think public art can engage communities around issues like immigration, women's rights, and gentrification.
With donor support for "activist art" showing no signs of abating, we explore how one funder is engaging this area with its latest round of funding for social justice and the arts.
A gift for a new arts district in Fayetteville by the Windgate Charitable Foundation—a funder primarily comprised of donations of Walmart stock—aligns with Alice Walton's vision of creating a regional arts hub.
With funders becoming increasingly concerned with the unraveling of our social fabric, we dig into a provocative gift exploring art's ability to foster empathy and "affect positive social change."
As funders accelerate efforts to boost racial equity across the arts sector, we chat with a former grantmaker who's now focused on driving faster change in this space.
Over half of ArtPlace America's 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund projects hail from rural communities. We dig into the drivers behind this development and its implications.
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is doubling down on a costly bid to protect beleaguered Bay Area arts and cultural organizations from displacement. Is this a model for other cities and funders?
Five months after its launch, the fund, seeded with money from Gund's sale of Roy Lichtenstein's "Masterpiece," announced its first round of grants, with a surprising focus on literary organizations.
A new study looking at trends in corporate philanthropy suggests that the real-world positive impacts of investing in the arts is finally catching on across Fortune 500 companies.
With rents rising, artists fleeing, and techies keeping their checkbooks closed, a new Hewlett Foundation initiative is a vital lifeline to the region's arts ecosystem. Will it be enough to make an impact?
Puerto Rico's arts community operates in a "precarious position, even in the best of times." Now, as it struggles to survive, some prominent arts funders are stepping forward to help.
Two years after its pivot to combating inequality, recent developments find Ford working to empower artist activists and expanding professional support for immigrant artists.
We take a look at the charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and where its funding has been landing lately in Tennessee.
The Terra Foundation for American Art is a unique funder known for bringing visual arts from U.S. artists to national and international audiences. But what about Terra’s hometown of Chicago?
While deep federal cuts in arts funding have yet to materialize, the screws have already tightened in many cites and states—in some cases, spurring foundations to step forward in a major way.
Funding trends in Wilmington, Delaware, provide a sobering reminder to arts organizations everywhere: It's not just government funders that are in retreat.
The nation's top donor-advised fund, which made a staggering 849,000 grants in 2016, has crunched its data to analyze what giving looks like in different regions of the U.S. It's worth paying attention.