What Will Cultural Philanthropy Look Like in the 21st Century?


Foundation: Knight Foundation

A new initiative called the Arts Funders Forum, supported by the Knight Foundation and run by the strategic advisory firm M+D, launched in Miami Beach with the aim of identifying the current state of cultural philanthropy.

A survey of 500 art world professionals conducted by the Arts Funders Forum could help museums stay relevant to new patrons.

Charles Venable, the director of Newfields in Indiana, says that if museums live in a world of scarcity, it is, at least in part, their own doing. As Dennis Scholl, the collector and president of Oolite Arts in Florida points out, the more valuable the art, the higher the costs associated with its care.

Fred Bidwell, who is a trustee at the Cleveland Museum of Art, says donors are becoming more selective - and big museums will need to work harder to justify their costs. Read the Entire Article


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Grants from Minneapolis Awarded for Artist-Led Community Healing And Well-Being
Foundation: Kresge Foundation

The City of Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has approved funding for 15 artists-led teams to support projects that offer creative healing and support for Minneapolis...more

Grants Available for African American Communities in Appalachia
Foundation: Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the African American Community Fund invite nonprofit and government organizations to submit grants for a program or project serving African American...more

Grants from Maine Community Foundation to Address COVID-19 Impact
Foundation: Maine Community Foundation

The Cumberland County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $113,174 in grants to 16 nonprofits through the Community Building Grant Program, including two grants to ameliorate the...more

Church at Heart of Civil Rghts Stuggle Gets Long-Awaited Federal Support
Foundation: Central Alabama Community Foundation

After nearly three years of waiting, the endangered Montgomery Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. was selected to lead the movement for the first time, has received federal funding and has begun to...more

Coalition for Racial Justice Launches in Santa Cruz
Foundation: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County

Approximately 300 people showed up to the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County’s “Rise Together” coalition launch party Friday night, many gathering for the first time with friends they...more

$3 Million for Arts and Culture in Philadelphia
Foundation: Philadelphia Foundation

Four artists and five cultural organizations received a total of $3 million in grants to support Philadelphia's art and culture recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forman Art Initiative...more

Coastal South Carolina Gets $685k to Support Black Communities and Build Resilience
Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

Officials from the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina stated that they have provided $685,000 to 37 non-profit organizations led and/or served by blacks in the three-county area to...more

Cleveland Foundation Jumpstarts its Equity Initiatives with the Black Futures Fund
Foundation: Cleveland Foundation

The Cleveland Black Futures Fund is just one step in a long-term process toward the Cleveland Foundation becoming a more equitable grantmaker. According to Keisha González, program manager of...more

Akron Arts Challenge Returns with Focus on Technology
Foundation: Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation is publicly calling on artists and art organizations to apply for the Knight Art Challenge during July. Artists and arts organizations in Akron can submit 150-words to...more

Maine Community Foundation Receives $2.5 Million for Rural Arts
Foundation: Maine Community Foundation

The Maine Community Foundation has received a $2.5 million grant from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for its Maine Expansion Art Fund. The endowment fund supports Maine’s indigenous, ethnic or...more





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