April 29 – May 4, 2018
The Seminar on Strategy for 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, policy-setting and leadership responsibilities for artist-endowed foundations—directors, officers, trustees, board members, senior staff—as well as those supporting an artist’s legacy planning with respect to a potential foundation.
The Seminar educates leaders about the characteristics of these distinctive charitable organizations, including foundations’ complex business models, diverse philanthropic practices, influential art historical role, and manifold governance and stewardship requirements.
The Seminar is based on findings of AEFI’s National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations and subsequent research publications, which are viewable at www.aspeninstitute.org/aefi, and focuses specifically on the strategic concerns of leaders orienting themselves to the field. Site visits and sessions with seasoned foundation leaders are central to the curriculum. By building the capacity of foundation leaders, the Seminar advances AEFI’s mission to strengthen the charitable impact of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field.
Dates: Sunday, April 29 – Friday, May 4, 2018. Seminar opening dinner on April 29, followed by five full-day sessions, with Seminar reception the evening of May 3.
Location: New York City, daily sessions hosted by the Dedalus Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, and Gordon Parks Foundation, and evening events hosted by the Athena Foundation/Mark Di Suvero Studio and Milton Resnick-Pat Passlof Foundation.
Who Should Consider Applying to Participate in the Seminar:
- Individuals who, within the past three years, have assumed leadership responsibilities for artist-endowed foundations—directors, officers, trustees, board members, senior staff;
- Individuals designated to assume foundation leadership roles in the future, for example upon the artist’s death, including artists’ family members and professional associates; and
- Individuals supporting an artist’s legacy planning with respect to a potential foundation.
Curriculum Topics: *
- Legacy Stewardship and Artist-Endowed Foundations
- Organizational Viability
- Economic Sustainability
- Cultural Asset Stewardship
- Philanthropic Impact
- Foundation Operation
- Communications and Reputational Assets
* Subject to Change
Application: By online submission, deadline March 5, 2018. Participant selection determined by the Seminar Admissions Committee. Notification of acceptance March 12, 2018.
Application Contents: Applicant’s letter outlining motivation to apply; applicant’s cv; two letters of reference; foundation documentation; submitted with the Seminar online application form, including agreement to comply with Seminar Eligibility and Application Guidelines and Seminar Participant Guidelines.
Key dates in the Seminar application process are as follows:
- March 5 – Application Deadline
- March 12 – Acceptance Notification
- March 28 – Tuition Payment Deadline
- April 29 – Seminar Convenes in New York City
Tuition: $3,850 USD, payable upon notification of acceptance and no later than March 28.
Completion Certificate: Conferred by the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI and University of Miami School of Law.
Seminar Refund Policy
No tuition refunds will be made. In the case of an inability to participate, with prior approval by AEFI, tuition may be applied to participation in the subsequent year’s Seminar if the individual remains in a foundation leadership position at that time.
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