On the Edge: A Big Campus Gift Helps Explain Why the L.A. Arts Scene is So Exciting

On the Edge: A Big Campus Gift Helps Explain Why the L.A. Arts Scene is So Exciting

Thanks in part to donor dollars, Los Angeles, according to the New York Times, now has America’s most exciting arts scene. One overlooked driver of the city’s arts boom is alumni support for the arts at universities across the region, including Pomona College.

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“Ongoing Evolution.” An African-American Couple Gets Behind a Museum’s Push for Greater Diversity

“Ongoing Evolution.” An African-American Couple Gets Behind a Museum’s Push for Greater Diversity

Funders have been stepping up efforts to get museums to diversify their collections and staff. The Baltimore Museum of Art, an institution that has strongly embraced this goal, recently landed a major gift from two donors impressed with its progress.

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"Dynamic Connections." With Two Big Museum Gifts, the Texas Arts Fundraising Boom Rolls On

"Dynamic Connections." With Two Big Museum Gifts, the Texas Arts Fundraising Boom Rolls On

The rising philanthropy scene in Texas isn’t just driven by oil wealth. Two recent gifts—a capital project grant from foundation and a donation of Asian art from a family—underscore the formidable breadth of the state's funder base.

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Anonymous No More: A Closer Look at an Intriguing Arts Funder

Anonymous No More: A Closer Look at an Intriguing Arts Funder

After more than 20 years of anonymity, the funder of a coveted set of grants for older women artists revealed her identity last year. What inspires her giving—and why did she decide to finally step forward publicly?

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Build On: Why Reports of the Death of Big Capital Projects are Greatly Exaggerated

Build On: Why Reports of the Death of Big Capital Projects are Greatly Exaggerated

While a growing number of funders see the arts as a means to drive social change, news out of New York City suggests some billionaire patrons can't shake their affection for shiny museum wings and other brick-and-mortar projects.

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“Diversity of Treasures.” A Sunsetting Funder Shines a Light on Underrepresented Artists

“Diversity of Treasures.” A Sunsetting Funder Shines a Light on Underrepresented Artists

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation recently announced it was shuttering its doors after 19 years. It’s not going quietly. With a big gift to promote underrepresented artists, the foundation is expanding its already formidable legacy.


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"Seeds of Inspiration." The Walton Family Foundation's Latest Push for More Diverse Museums

"Seeds of Inspiration." The Walton Family Foundation's Latest Push for More Diverse Museums

As arts funders remain laser-focused on equity—both in terms of representation and access—the Walton Family Foundation makes another big gift towards diversifying the ranks of museum leaders.

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Growing Influence: A New Art Prize Finds Collectors Ramping Up Their Giving

Growing Influence: A New Art Prize Finds Collectors Ramping Up Their Giving

A lucrative new art prize out of Texas is another sign that wealthy collectors are starting to play a greater role in arts philanthropy. Even bigger giving by these patrons likely lies ahead.

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"Without Shackles." Behind an Exceedingly Rare Unrestricted Museum Mega-Gift

"Without Shackles." Behind an Exceedingly Rare Unrestricted Museum Mega-Gift

While mega-donors seem to be providing more large general support gifts to nonprofits lately, we still don’t often see such gifts flowing to universities and museums. Here’s a $50 million exception.

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Flipping the Script: A Wealthy West Coast Transplant Sends an Arts Mega-Gift Back East

Flipping the Script: A Wealthy West Coast Transplant Sends an Arts Mega-Gift Back East

Don't believe the rap that mega-donors now see L.A. as the innovative arts mecca and New York as the calcified city of yesteryear. A major gift to The Shed—by a billionaire Angeleno, no less—suggests otherwise. 

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