News from the Artist-Endowed Foundation Community

“We Saw an Opportunity.” A Unique Initiative Helps Museums Tackle Climate Change,” Inside Philanthropy, March 8, 20201.

Thanks to a $1M lead gift from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and matching gifts totaling $1.5M from a group of donors, including AEFs such as The Willem de Kooning, Hellen Frankenthaler, Kindkade Family, Carolee Schneemann, and Lenore G. Tawney Foundations, Artists Relief is resuming its program of $5K grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID 19 pandemic. (Artist Relief)

The Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio has received $1 million from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation to endow the Lichtenstein Foundation Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts, targeted to emerging museum professionals. (The Columbus Dispatch)

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is doubling down on its support to individual artists, switching from one-time $25K grants to a new fellowship model that provides $60K over five years as a reliable stream of income enabling artists to better plan their creative practices. (The Art Newspaper)

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has launched the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative, a $5-million, multi-year commitment to support energy efficiency and clean energy use at visual arts museums and organizations. (American Alliance of Museums) 

Eighteen mid-sized arts groups in L.A. County received a total of $400,000 in organizational support grants by The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, helping them stay afloat during this time of unprecedented economic hardship. (Los Angeles Times)

When does an AEF focused on scholarship and exhibition of its artist’s works pivot to major grantmaking? When faced with the devastation of a pandemic, as was the case with The Willem de Kooning Foundation, which made $2.75M in COVID-related grants in 2020. (The East Hampton Star)

The Hilma af Klint Foundation has announced a seven-volume Catalogue Raisonné of the artist’s works, documenting an oeuvre whose recent “discovery” has up-ended received notions as to whom the birth of abstract art should be attributed. (Artnet News)