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—and educates them about the characteristics of these distinctive organizations. Chief among these characteristics are 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.
Location: New York City, hosted by prominent artist-endowed foundations, which in the past years has included the Richard Avedon Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Judd Foundation, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Who Applies 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;
Individuals in the process of exploring or planning for the creation of an artist-endowed foundation; and
Individuals with established leadership roles interested in a refresher course on the field’s evolving issues, practices, and policies.
Representative Curriculum Topics:
- Legacy Stewardship and Artist-Endowed Foundations
- Organizational Viability
- Economic Sustainability
- Cultural Asset Stewardship
- Philanthropic Impact
- Foundation Operation
- Communications and Reputational Assets
Dates: The Seminar takes place annually the first week of May. To receive notice of application availability, join the AEFI mailing list available here: AEFI Mailing List