From Christine J. Vincent, AEFI Project Director – Key 2019 Dates for your Calendar

To the Artist-Endowed Foundation Community and its Friends:

I hope your new year is off to a great start.

Key 2019 Dates

PRIORITY: Please add the following dates to your calendar and expect further details on these and other activities of the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI:

  • April 28 – May 3 – 2019 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 6 – 2019 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 is presented by the Hoffman Forum in cooperation with University of Miami School of Law and AEFI and hosted by the Jewish Museum in New York City.

2018 Highlights

AEFI’s success in 2018 was made possible by the many foundation leaders who contributed to and participated in AEFI’s education programs, informed its research endeavors, and used its informational publications and resources. Thank you!

  • Study Report Supplement 2018—the five-year interval update publication of the National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations that charts the growth of the artist-endowed foundation field and highlights trends and developments shaping its work—now is available at this link – Supplement 2018
  • 30 artist-endowed foundations are highlighted in an interactive feature of the AEFI webpage that brings the “AEF concept” to life by showcasing the variety of artists who are creating this field and linking directly to the foundations’ websites.
  • 20 foundation leaders participated in the 2018 session of the week-long Seminar on Strategy for Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders, hosted in New York City by the Athena, Dedalus, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Gordon Parks, and Isamu Noguchi Foundations.
  • 102 foundation leaders from across the U.S. and abroad convened for the 2018 AEF Leadership Forum, presented by the Hoffman Forum in cooperation with University of Miami School of Law and AEFI, and hosted by MoMA PS1.
  • 2,535 unique page views were logged for AEFI’s webpage in 2018, where those who are exploring creation of an artist-endowed foundation or becoming involved as new staff or board members can find important information and publications.

Salute to Key Partners and Sponsors

AEFI was sustained during 2018 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 to assist the artist-endowed foundation field.

The AEFI Donor Consortium, led by The Jay DeFeo Foundation, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, supports AEFI’s flagship research project, the National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations. Consortium members’ grants help develop this critical knowledge resource so that its findings are available at no cost to anyone who needs to know more artist-endowed foundations.

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

  • Our education programs are supported by the AEFI Presenting Partners, including the Hoffman Forum at University of Miami School of Law, presenter of the annual AEF Leadership Forum.
  • AEFI’s Forum Hosts—(MoMA PS1, 2018; Whitney Museum of American Art, 2017; The Morgan Library & Museum, 2016; The Museum of Modern Art, 2015)—provide the important cultural settings for these events, as do the Seminar Host Foundations, listed above.

Lastly, AEFI’s programs and aspirations are informed by the wise perspectives of our AEFI Advisors; we are grateful for their astute guidance. Ruth E Fine, Chair, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, has graciously accepted the role of Honorary Chair, AEFI Advisors, filling this important leadership post following the 2018 death of longtime AEFI advocate Charles C. Bergman, Chairman & CEO of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

On behalf of my Aspen Institute colleagues and our many partners in this work, thank you for your 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 2019!

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