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ADAA Foundation

The ADAA Foundation, a distinct but connected entity to the ADAA, was established in 1970 to encourage and promote the appreciation of art and art history through its support of vital scholarship and curatorial research. Generously funded by donations from ADAA member galleries, the Foundation has distributed grants to museums, archives, and arts organizations around the country to advance art historical research and exhibition development. The Foundation was also used to establish the ADAA Relief Fund to ensure that galleries and nonprofit art institutions affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 would be able to recover and remain in business.

The Foundation’s current grant program supports fine art museums from across the country with operating budgets under five million dollars. Each year, 20 museums throughout the nation are randomly selected to receive an invitation to apply for a grant. The ADAA Foundation expanded its program of yearly grants, both in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to address issues of Diversity, Access, Equity, and Representation specific to our field. In addition to funding research and development of new exhibitions, the Foundation’s scope includes support of both in-person and online educational programming and community engagement initiatives.

Below is a list of current and forthcoming projects and exhibitions from ADAA Foundation grant recipients.

2022 Grant Recipients:

The Drawing Center 
Of Mythic Worlds: Works from the Distant Past through the Present
March 7 - May 14, 2023 

Cranbrook Art Museum
We Are Each Other: Sonya Clark, Art, and Community
June 24 - September 17, 2023 

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Our Shared Breath: Creativity and Community
January 27 - August 27, 2023

2021 Grant Recipients:

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
Boulder Heritage Apple Tree
June 8 – September 4, 2023

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Ming Smith: Feeling the Future
May 23 – October 21, 2023

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Ways & Means
August – March 2023

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Working Artist Project
June 2022 – January 2023

National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
Bridging Hidden Disabilities
November 2021 – December 2022

Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
On Site
December 2022 – August 2023

2020 Grant Recipients:

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL
Digital Field Trips
September 2020 – April 2023

2019 Grant Recipients:

Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
Responses: Asian American Voices of Resistance During the Pandemic 
July 15, 2021 – January 8, 2023

Foundation Board

James Cohan, President - James Cohan
Dianne Dec - Hosfelt Galery
Alexander Gray - Alexander Gray Associates
Miles McEnery - Miles McEnery Gallery
Jill Newhouse - Jill Newhouse Gallery
Leon Tovar - Leon Tovar Gallery