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Private Giving to Individual Artists

by Jules White

Our list of Private Art Organizations that give grants and other forms of support to artists.
Alberta Foundation for the Arts - source of grant funding in the province.
American Artist Relief Organization Network, Inc. - encouraging celebrities and developing artists to lend their talents to needy causes.
American Arts Alliance - The mission of the American Arts Alliance is to be the principal advocate for America's professional nonprofit arts organizations and their publics in representing arts interests and advancing arts support before Congress and other branches of the Federal government. To achieve this mission, the Alliance will inform legislators and policy makers of the vital role of the arts in American society, and advocate the development of national policies which recognize,enhance and foster the contributions that thearts make to America.
The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to fostering an environment in which craft is understood and valued. Founded by Aileen Osborn Webb in 1943, the Council has a distinguished history of innovative programming that has provided a vital base for the emergence of the contemporary craft movement in the United States in the decades since the Second World War.
Art and Design Associations on the World Wide Web provides links to over 560 associations whose members are interested in variety of visual arts, architecture, design, and allied fields.
Art for Health Foundation - sponsoring projects which use the arts to increase public awareness of health risks.
Art Libraries Society of North America - ARLIS/NA Founded in 1972, ARLIS/NA promotes the continuing professional education of its members and the general knowledge of the public concerning all aspects of art librarianship and visual resources curatorship.
Art Libraries Society - Australia and New Zealand has as its aims to promote arts librarianship, particularly by acting as a forum for exchange of information and materialsand to co-operate with other national and international organisations in the fields of arts and librarianship.
Art Sans Frontiere - international Danish-French art foundation promoting artists from all corners of the world, online and with exhibitions in the South of France.
The Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the art of blacksmithing. ABANA's two quarterly publications, the Anvil's Ring and the Hammer's Blow , provide inspiration and technical information for 4,500 members. Over 50 chapters in North America, Australia, and New Zealand are chartered with ABANA.
The ArtMetal Project is a not-for-profit volunteer venture of a group of metalsmiths and organizations which aims to disseminate information about various aspects of artistic metalworking and to provide a forum for artists and art lovers to experience this outstanding medium. If you are interested in learning more about how to work with metal. This site includes a good list of resources for metalsmiths.
The Arts & Crafts Society is an online community dedicated to the philosophy and spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement. In the spirit of the societies inspired in the early 20th century by the historic Arts & Crafts Movement, this site has been created to provide an online "home" for the present-day Arts & Crafts Movement community: artisans, craftspeople, collectors, lovers, etc.
Arts Foundation of Michigan .
Arts Wire - weekly digest of arts news and a database of cultural resources from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Asian American Arts Foundation - Northern California non-profit organization assisting the Asian Pacific arts community.
The Association for Art History welcomes all art historians, museum professionals, critics, and scholars, including graduate students.Associating under this broad allegiance and welcoming art historians and scholars from across the spectrum, the Association for Art History will focus on the specific interests and concerns of its members.
The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), founded in 1916, is a national not-for-profit membership organization representing 170 directors of the major art museums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA) is a member benefit non-profit group of over 300 artists and supporters centered in the San Francisco Bay area
The Banff Centre for the Arts The Banff Centre for the Arts is a place for artists, and is dedicated to lifelong learning and professional career development in the arts, acting as site and catalyst for creative activity and experience.
British Design and Art Direction (D&AD) - Founded in 1962, is a professional association and charity representing the UK's thriving design and advertising communities.
The Brooklyn Coalition of Artists in Park Slope - Brooklyn C.A.P.S. is an organization of emerging and established artists, based in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The organization is built with regard to the need of artists to be effectively supported in their areas of creativity- while remaining distinct individual voices - and to present information about opportunities to show and sell their work.
The Center for Arts & Culture provides independent research, analysis, and informaed dialogue on policy choices facing arts and culture in a changing world.
The College Art Association (CAA) includes among its members those who by vocation or avocation are concerned about and/or committed to the practice of art, teaching, and research of and about the visual arts and humanities. Over 13,000 artists, art historians, scholars, curators, collectors, educators, art publishers, and other visual arts professionals are individual members. Another 2,000 university art and art history departments, museums, libraries, and professional and commercial organizations hold institutional memberships.
Consortium for the Computer Interchange of Museum Information The latest information on CIMI's work with SGML andZ39.50 as well as a proptotype online demonstrator searching object records and SGML-encoded Exhibition Catalogues.
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is a non-profit, tax exempt organization which provides immediate support to professional craftspeople facing career threatening emergencies such as fire, theft, illness and natural disaster. Created in 1985, CERF is the only organization of its kind in the United States.
CultureNet is working with a wide variety of cultural organizations and individuals across Canada who are providing information about their seasons, their programs, theirartists, and themselves.
Dactyl Foundation for the Arts and Humanities - offers awards to artists and writers.
Dia Center for the Arts is a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts organization. The name Dia, taken from the Greek word meaning "through,"was chosen to suggest our role as the conduit or means for realizing extraordinary projects.
Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation - exists for the advancement of the composer S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatte and the expressionist Walter Gramatte.
Eli Broad Family Foundation - collection of work by contemporary artists.
Foundation for Art Resources (FAR) - alternative arts organization since 1977, FAR sponsors art lectures, events, exhibits, proposals and publications not traditionally supported by mainstream art venues.
GENART is a not-for-profit arts organization with offices in New York and Los Angeles. We are dedicated to helping connect young artists with audiences and opportunities through exhibitions, on-line programs, and community outreach.
Generali Foundation - funding contemporary arts. With information onf current and permanent exhibits, the collection, reference, and more.
The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities is one of six independent entities of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Its goals as a research institute are to promote innovative scholarship in the arts and the humanities, cross traditional academic boundaries, and provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and debate. Integral to its interdisciplinary approach is the concept that visual arts and artifacts should be assessed within the broad historical and cultural contexts in which they were created.
Giorgione Foundation - promotional committee for the project; (in English, French, and Italian).
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation - promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions that preserve cultural heritage resources.
Graham Foundation - offers grants to individuals and institutions pursuing research, publication, or programming in architecture, as well as related arts and academic disciplines.
Henry Moore Foundation - The object of the Henry Moore Foundation, set up in 1977, and generously endowed by Mr Moore, is 'to advance the education of the public by the promotion of their appreciation of the fine arts and in particular the works of Henry Moore'.
Illinois Arts Alliance & Foundation
International Child Art Foundation - dedicated to promoting child art and visual learning globally. Site includes contest and event information, and links to drawing sites and galleries.
Jean Charlot Foundation - dedicated to collecting, promoting, and sharing resources relating to the life, career, philosophy, and art of Jean Charlot.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation - provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts.
The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation hosts 12 exhibitions a year. Each year more than 85,000 visitors come to the foundation. Over 2,000 students and teachers come on field trips and more than 50,000 students and teachers access our Traveling Suitcase program which offers hands-on learning using real art objects in the K-12 classroom.
Khalili Family Trust - The Khalili Collections - about their collections of Islamic, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish art.
Kibo Foundation - The Khalili Collection of Japanese Art - collection of Meiji decorative art including metalwork, enamels, lacquerwork, and ceramics.
Leeway Foundation - promotes the welfare of women and to benefit the arts. Annual grants made in selected visual or literary disciplines to women recepients.
Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund - private grantmaking foundation making grants to enhance the cultural life of communities through arts and culture, adult literacy and urban parks programs.
Margarita Miranda de Mascarenas Foundation - established in 1988, the Foundation helps young people realize intellectual and cultural pursuits by providing scholarships and sponsoring cultural events.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation - providing leadership and support through grants, technical assistance and information to artists and arts organizations.
Nadasdy Foundation, The
National Arts and Cultures Foundation - a foundation established for the purpose of promoting and asisting cultural and arts activities.
The National Caricaturist Network (NCN) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the art of caricature. It is made up of professional caricaturists from all over the world, students of caricature and people who have an interest in the artform.
The National Cartoonists Society is the world's largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. As defined in the NCS by-laws, a professional is one who earns 50% or more of one's living by drawing cartoons. The by-laws define a cartoonist as "a graphic story teller, whose drawings interpret rather than copy nature in order to heighten the effect of his or her message."
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is a professional organization of individuals whose interests, talents, or careers are primarily focused on the ceramic arts. It became an independent organization in 1967 after several years of affiliation with the Ceramics Education Council of the American Ceramic Society.
National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts - with the mission to "identify young, emerging artists and encourage them with moral and financial support to pursue their dreams."
New England Foundation for the Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) - enables contemporary artists to create and share their works and provides the broader public with opportunities to experience and understand the arts.
Nour Foundation: The Khalili Collection of Islamic Art - more than 20,000 objects documenting Islamic art. Site offers information on the collection, exhibits and the foundation.
Open Studio: The Arts Online - Cash awards to nonprofits to provide internet access and training in support of increasing the arts online. Run by Benton Foundation and NEA.
Pauline Oliveros Foundation - furthers research in arts technology and sponsors the exploration and uses of art for the education and development of human consciousness, making the results available to the public.
Pierre-Gianadda Foundation - art exhibition, sculpture park, Gallo-Roman museum, automobile museum, cultural center in Martigny.
Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. - providing financial assistance to individual working artists of established ability.
Princess Grace Foundation - identifies and assists young artists in the fields of dance, theater and film in the United States.
Royal Dublin Society - promotes the development of arts, science, agriculture and industry in Ireland.
Sanskriti Foundation - provides preservation and promotion of artistic and cultural resources.
The Society of American Silversmiths is the world's #1 resource for anything related to the silversmiths' art and craft. SAS was founded in April 1989 as nation's only professional organization solely devoted to the preservation and promotion of contemporary silversmithing, specifically in the areas of holloware, flatware, and sculpture.
Society of Architectural Historians and its members invite the support and active participation of all who share our interest in architecture--past, present,and future. Founded in 1940, the Society encourages scholarly research in the field and promotes the preservation of significant architectural monuments that are an integral part of our worldwide historical and cultural heritage.
The Society of Illustrators was formed to promote and stimulate interest in the art of illustration, past, present and future, and to give impetus generally toward high ideals in the art by means of exhibitions, lectures, educational programs, social intercourse, and in such other ways as may seem advisable.
Society of Publication Designers - For over a quarter of a century, the Society of Publication Designers has been a driving force for quality and innovation in publication design. It is the one venue to which the best of the best continually strive.
The 500, Inc - non-profit all volunteer fund raising organization dedicated to serving the cultural arts community.
The Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education acts as a common voice for fine artseducation in Texas, representing the over three million students enrolled in the fine arts in Texas, their parents,educators, community leaders, and arts advocates involved in and supportive of fine arts education, both publicly and privately.
Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, The - provides scholarships, endowments, and internships for the visual arts in the name of Maynard Dixon, the American modernist painter. Also offers the Dixon studio as a retreat for aspiring artists.
The Visual Resource Association site includes information about the Association, infomation about copyright issues, and information about affiliate organizations.


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