Since its launch two years ago, the Art for Justice Fund has given out $43 million and experimented with new ways to advance criminal justice reform. Its latest round of funding seeks to forge stronger partnerships between artists and advocates.
With more arts funders talking about "equitable access for all,” a gift out of Los Angeles points to a simple strategy: make museum admission free. Which philanthropists and institutions have swung behind this idea? And what’s been the impact?
The Farash Fellowship made its debut last year, offering serious cash and underwritten by a relatively young foundation with sizable assets and a major focus on Jewish causes. Who are the winners so far and what’s been the impact?
The Open Society Foundations launched its Soros Arts Fellowships last year to support the work of artists in repressive regimes. This year’s fellowship builds on this approach by focusing on an issue that’s deeply personal for OSF’s founder.
With deep ties to the Seattle area, the Behnke Foundation and the family behind it have evolved their grantmaking over more than half a century. Director Michelle McBride talks with us about the foundation’s evolution and its annual unrestricted artist award.
Patronage was once a common way that the wealthy supported artists. Today, with funders abandoning Jewish arts and cultural organizations, it’s time to again explore individualized models for supporting artists working in this tradition.
Within a week, three major museums pledged to refuse future donations from the Sacklers. But as over a thousand lawsuits against the family make their way through U.S. courts, other recipients of Sackler cash have remained curiously silent.
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.
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.
Buoyed by a surging global art market, artist-endowed foundations have ramped up grantmaking across the past five years and reshaped the arts funding landscape in the process. A new study documents the full extent of the field’s expansion.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson are in their 90s and 70s, respectively, are still giving away millions, and are now stars of an HBO documentary. How does their giving reflect their love for art, and what else are they backing?
Now in its 25th year, the Joan Mitchell Foundation has emerged as an influential player in arts philanthropy. We talk with CEO Christa Blatchford about where it’s heading and the challenges facing working artists today.
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.
As artist-endowed foundations grow in number and influence, we check in with the Aspen Institute's Christine J. Vincent on the opportunities and challenges facing these unique and frequently misunderstood entities.
Citing pervasive cost overruns and a shift toward more socially equitable giving, some donors have shied away from funding ambitious capital projects. Kenneth C. Griffin, however, isn't one of them.
As a tireless funder of beleaguered small organizations, the Andy Warhol Foundation's latest funding cycle provides critical support while navigating the intersection of art and social issues.
We write often about the handful of national funders that support individual artists. But there are also some local and regional funders who operate in this space, including Artist Trust, which is based in Seattle.
One of the hottest issues in arts philanthropy is how organizations can better engage with audiences. The Knight Foundation continues to be a leader on the tech front of this challenge.
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.
The Knight Foundation is addressing one of the biggest obstacles prohibiting museums from using technology to improve the visitor experience—the lack of internal digital expertise and capacity.
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.
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.
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.
Financiers can amass major collections of art and become major art philanthropists. We explore the case of private equity veteran Carl Thoma and his wife Marilynn's Thoma Art Foundation.
The art world has long been dominated by institutions and thought leaders on the coasts. The Terra Foundation for American Art tells us how it's working to change all that.
While the billionaire Eli Broad used to complain about LA being a "one-philanthropist city"—namely, him—the city is now flush with deep-pocketed and highly motivated art donors. Where's it all leading?