The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative


Bearing names such as Frankenthaler, Haring, Lichtenstein, Mapplethorpe, Mitchell, Pollock-Krasner, Rauschenberg, and Warhol, private foundations created by visual artists are a rapidly emerging force in cultural philanthropy and in artistic heritage stewardship. The Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI aims to strengthen the next generation of artist-endowed foundations by increasing the capacity of these new entities to fulfill their founders’ charitable intentions. AEFI's strategy is to address the significant information gap facing foundation creators as well as those who lead, govern and advise foundations. This strategy is grounded in the findings of the National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, AEFI's principal research component, and implemented through ongoing programs of research, publications, leadership education, and events to share knowledge with key audiences. Learn more here.

Seminar on Strategy for New Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders

June 6-10, 2016
The Seminar on Strategy for New Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders, presented collaboratively by the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative (AEFI) and University of Miami School of Law (UMSL), supports the professional development of individuals who currently have, or will have, new policy-setting and leadership responsibilities for artist-endowed foundations—directors, officers, trustees, board members, senior staff—and orients them to the characteristics of these distinctive organizations. To learn more about the Seminar, access the Seminar Prospectus and Application Form here.

2015 Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership Forum

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 8:30am - 7:30pm
New York, NY
An invitational symposium for senior artist-endowed foundation leaders addressing key issues and innovations in practice and policy that are influencing the field's charitable impact in art stewardship and cultural philanthropy. See slide show.

AEFI Artists' Conversation: The Bay Area

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
San Francisco, CA
The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI presents an invitational, small group session for Bay Area artists interested in philanthropy and planning for their life's work. Learn more.

The Artist as Philanthropist: The Rise of Private Foundations Created by Visual Artists

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Williamstown, MA
The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative and the Clark Art Institute present a public panel discussion examining the factors that are shaping this important phenomenon. Learn more.

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