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ADAA Foundation
The ADAA Foundation, a distinct but connected entity to the ADAA, was established in 1970. Primarily 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 ADAA Foundation’s current grant program supports U.S. museums and arts institutions from across the country with operating budgets of or under five million dollars. Each year, the Foundation invites randomly selected institutions to submit proposals for funding to advance the research and development of new art exhibitions, educational programming, and/or community engagement initiatives, including those that advance equity, access, and representation specific to our field, presented online or in-person.

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

2022 Grant Recipients:

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

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

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

Read more about our 2022 grant recipients here

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 26 – October 1, 2023

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Ways & Means
March 1 – April 23, 2023

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

Read more about our 2021 grant recipients here.

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 – June 24, 2023

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