From Christine J. Vincent, AEFI Project Director — Key 2018 Dates for AEFI

February 2018

To the Artist-Endowed Foundation Community and its Friends:

I hope your new year is off to a great start. I’m pleased to share information about the coming year and reflect on the one that just wrapped up.

Upcoming 2018 Dates

Please pencil the following dates into your calendar and be on the look-out for further details on these and other activities of the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI:

  • April 29 through May 4 — 2018 Seminar on Strategy for Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders, a week-long, open-application, professional development program designed to help individuals who are exploring the idea of creating an artist-endowed foundation or becoming involved as new staff or board leaders. Each day of the Seminar will be hosted by a prominent artist-endowed foundation in New York City.
  • November 14 — 2018 Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership Forum, a one-day, invitational symposium connecting the field’s senior executive and board leaders to share knowledge, foster collegial exchange, and increase their organizations’ charitable impact. This year’s event takes place in New York City and is presented by the Hoffman Forum in cooperation with University of Miami School of Law and AEFI, and hosted by MoMA PS1.
2017 Highlights

AEFI had a great 2017. Its success was made possible by the many foundation leaders who contributed to and participated in AEFI’s leadership programs, and who utilized and informed its research and publications. Thank you!

  • 25 artist-endowed foundations participated in a new interactive feature of the AEFI webpage, bringing the “AEF concept” to life by showcasing the variety of artists who are creating this field and linking directly to the foundations’ websites—(view here).
  • 22 foundation leaders completed the 2017 session of the week-long Seminar on Strategy, June 6-10, hosted in New York City by the Richard Avedon, Dedalus, Helen Frankenthaler, Judd, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg Foundations.
  • 104 foundation leaders from across the U.S. and abroad convened for the 2017 AEF Leadership Forum, November 6, presented by the Hoffman Forum in cooperation with University of Miami School of Law and AEFI, and hosted by the Whitney Museum of American Art.
  • 3,500 unique page views were logged for AEFI’s webpage in 2017, where those who are exploring creation of an artist-endowed foundation or becoming involved as new staff or board members can find valuable information and publications.

Salute to Key Partners and Sponsors

AEFI’s leadership programs are presented in collaboration with our Academic Partner, University of Miami School of Law, with Professor Stephen K. Urice, serving as AEFI Academic Advisor and Co-Director of the Seminar and Forum.

AEFI is sustained by the AEFI Lead Underwriters — ARIS Title Insurance, DeWitt Stern, UOVO, and U.S. Trust — who provide core operating support to AEFI and collaborate in developing and disseminating educational information in their areas of expertise to assist the artist-endowed foundation field.

The National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, AEFI’s flagship research project, is funded by the AEFI Donor Consortium, led by the Pollock-Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol Foundations. Consortium members’ grants help develop this critical knowledge resource and offer it at no cost as a public benefit to anyone — artists, advisors, foundation staff and board members, scholars, educators, students, the public — eager to know more about effective practices in creating, operating, and governing artist-endowed foundations.

Many friends of the artist-endowed foundation community come together to make AEFI’s work possible.

  • Our leadership programs are made possible by the AEFI Presenting Partners, including the Hoffman Forum, presenter of the annual AEF Leadership Forum.
  • AEFI’s Forum Hostsin 2017, the Whitney Museum of American Art; in 2016, The Morgan Library & Museum; in 2015, The Museum of Modern Art—provide the important cultural setting for these events, as do the Seminar Host Foundations, listed above.
  • AEFI Event Sponsors, which in 2017 included panOpticon and the ADAA Foundation, help fund the valuable collegial exchange dimensions of the leadership programs.

Lastly, AEFI’s programs and aspirations are informed by the wise perspectives of our AEFI Advisors, led by Honorary Chair Charles C. Bergman, Chairman & CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

On behalf of my Aspen Institute colleagues and our University of Miami School of Law partners, thank you for your encouragement and support of AEFI’s mission to strengthen the charitable impact of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field as a positive force in cultural philanthropy and art stewardship.

Onward and upward with the artist-endowed foundation field in 2018!

Christine J. Vincent
Project Director
Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI