OVERVIEW: The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of real estate mogul Daniel Brodsky and his wife Estrellita, an art collector. The couple's arts giving strongly focuses on New York City, with a particular interest in Latin American art.
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile but does appear to accept proposals.
PROFILE: The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of real estate mogul Daniel Brodsky and his wife Estrellita, who plays a big role in the couple's arts giving. An art collector and historian, Estrellita received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and completed her dissertation in the field of Latin American art.
Daniel Brodsky, meanwhile, chairs the board of the Met, home to the Estrellita B. Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art and Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design. The couple, via their foundation, directed a $10 million gift to the institution recently.
Important to the couple's art support is Another Space, a program established by the Brodsky foundation to broaden international awareness and appreciation of art from Latin America. The program facilitates "substantial grants to museums, universities and other institutions to advance research and produce exhibitions and publications in the field of Latin American art and provides a forum for guest-curated exhibitions and educational programs."
The foundation's grantmaking has supported other institutions like MoMA, New York Botanical Garden, Tate Americas Foundation, The Battery Conservancy , NYC Ballet, El Museum Del Barrio, Center for Arts, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, and Park Avenue Armory.
The foundation itself keeps a low profile. While recent tax records indicate that the foundation is open to contact, getting a handle on exactly what the Brodskys look for in their grantees is tough to ascertain. Those working in Latin American art should have a leg up.
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The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation accepts letters detailing a project's activities at this address:
400 W. 59th St.
New York, NY 10019