Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Thoma Art Foundation awards grants to groups that advance its mission to shift perceptions and connect people through visual arts.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes support for novel and early stage projects.

PROFILE: The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation was created in 2014 by Carl and Marilynn Thoma to support the visual arts. The foundation “recognizes the power of the arts to challenge and shift perceptions, spark creativity and connect people across cultures” and supports “innovative individuals and pivotal initiatives in the arts.” It offers grants to both organizations and individuals. Grants support curatorial research and planning, arts writing, publications, exhibitions and performances, lectures, symposia, and educational events.

Organizational grants typically fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range and are most often awarded to museums, both large and small, across the country. The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry for this program. Thoma awards organizational grants for academic, education, convening, exhibition, and publication support.

Individual grants generally average between $5,000 and $25,000 and are awarded to support arts writing, arts publications, and curatorial research. Thoma does not accept unsolicited proposals for its individual grant program.

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