Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: Based in New York City, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation supports visual arts organizations across the United States; however; it appears to prioritize organizations located on the East Coast.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards general operating support grants rather than those limited to specific projects. It lacks transparency restricting further information about its grantmaking strategies and application process.

PROFILE: The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation was established in 1984 in New York, New York. The late Stephen Kellen was co-chairman of the investment firm Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Holdings and known for his philanthropy throughout his lifetime. The foundation primarily focuses its grantmaking on visual arts, performing arts, secondary education and higher education. Although the foundation has considerable assets, it maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website, and has only one paid staff member.

According to tax filings, Kellen Foundation grants range anywhere from $1,000 to over $5 million. Most grants, however, fall in the $10,000 to $150,000 range. Past visual arts grantees include the Aldrich Contemporary Arts Museum located in Ridgefield, Connecticut; and the American Federation of the Arts, located in New York, New York.  

The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation

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