2022 Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership Forum
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24 and 25, 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM EST
This is was an Invitation-Only Event
The virtual 2022 Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership Forum took place online Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25. An invitational symposium, the Forum convened 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 the multiple crosscurrents that mark this moment in time.
The event was presented by the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative | AEFI and hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Virginia Museum of Fine arts.
The virtual 2022 AEF Leadership Forum kicked off with the Charlie Bergman Keynote Conversation, named to honor the former Chairman and CEO of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation who played a critical role in founding AEFI. The Bergman Conversation featured internationally recognized artist Theaster Gates and recently appointed NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson to discuss the critical role artists play as community builders at this complex moment in our country’s culture and democracy. The Forum’s first day concluded with a curator-led tour of the exhibition Philip Guston Now, presented by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and its second day closed with a curator-led tour of the exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, presented by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The 2022 Forum incorporated presentations and discussions among foundation leaders, scholars, experts, and thought leaders. The program was 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. Topics included:
- Turning the Corner on COVID: New Developments in Art Stewardship & Philanthropy
- Web 3.0: What Should AEF Leaders Know About NFTs and Blockchain?
- More Than One Artist: Stewarding Multiple Oeuvres
- Due Diligence: Are We Responsible for Our Museum Partners’ Actions?
- Fiduciary Duty: Serving as an Artist’s Executor/Trustee With a Foundation as Beneficiary
- Sustainability: It’s Always Time for Succession Planning
- Leadership: Advancing the DEAI Conversation
- Cyber Security: Preparing for Heightened Risks Post-Ukraine
- Closed Door Conversation: AEFs and Artists Diagnosed With Dementia: Ask the Experts
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