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2020 Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership Forum

2020 Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership Forum

Wednesday, November 18, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST
Thursday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST

This is an Invitation-Only Event

The virtual 2020 Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership Forum will take place online Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19. An invitational symposium, the Forum will convene senior staff and board leaders of artist-endowed foundations to discuss key issues and innovations in practice and policy that are influencing the field’s charitable impact in art stewardship and cultural philanthropy as its members navigate this complex moment in our country’s culture and democracy.

The event is presented by the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI and will be hosted by the California African American Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The virtual 2020 AEF Leadership Forum will kick off with the inaugural Charles C. Bergman Conversation, named to honor the former Chairman and CEO of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation who played a seminal role in founding AEFI. The Bergman Conversation will feature internationally recognized artist, MacArthur Fellow, and former U.S. Commission of Fine Arts member Teresita Fernández with Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. The Forum’s first day will conclude with a curator-led tour of the exhibition Enunciated Life, presented by the California African American Museum.

The Forum’s second day will begin with the Forum Keynote Conversation featuring Nell Painter, author of The History of White People and Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. A distinguished historian, author, educator, artist, and board chair of McDowell, Painter will converse with Julian Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and board chair of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The day will conclude with a curator-led tour of the exhibition Vida Americana, presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The 2020 Forum will incorporate presentations and discussions among foundation leaders, scholars, experts, and thought leaders. The program is designed to foster collegial exchange among the field’s senior leaders, build a shared body of knowledge about effective practice, and introduce new foundation leaders into the community’s conversations and network. Session topics* include:

  • What Roles Can AEFs Play in the New Philanthropic and Cultural Terrain?
  • Considerations in Re-Opening: Managing Risk
  • Considerations in Re-Opening: Re-Thinking Bricks and Mortar
  • How Can AEFs Ensure Public Access/Legacy Stewardship as Museums and Galleries Pull Back?
  • Can AEFs Foster a Better Path into Their Field for Young Professionals of Color?
  • New Developments in IP Management: Reprographic Rights and Image Stewardship
  • Leadership Toolkit: Using Scenario Planning to Optimize AEF Sustainability
  • Closed Door Session: AEF Leaders Respond to the Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, Economic Upheaval

Throughout the day, the Forum program incorporates flexible opportunities to engage as may meet each participant’s individual needs — for coffee breaks, small group discussions, one-on-one meet-ups, networking with new colleagues, and pop-up conversations, or to take a needed breather from the screen.

*Subject to Change

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

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Wed Nov 18, 2020 - Thu Nov 19, 2020