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Native Arts & Cultures Foundation – Vice President of Development

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is dedicated to transforming communities through Native arts and cultures. The organization’s mission is to advance equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples in the United States. OrganizationThe Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is dedicated to transforming communities ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Intel, United States, Portland, Broadway, Willamette, Portland Oregon, Northwest, Ford Foundation, Powell, Armour, Native, Portland Art Museum, Alaska Native, NACF

Douglas Turner Ward, Pioneering Black Theater Artist, Dead At 90

A writer and director as well as an actor, he wrote a 1966 New York Times Op-Ed titled “American Theater: For Whites Only?” that inspired the Ford Foundation to fund the creation of the Negro Ensemble Company, with Ward as artistic director. Both he and the troupe amassed nominations and awards, and the NEC counts some of the world’s most admired Black actors as alumni. Ward was also a playwright, and just last year published his magnum opus, a trilogy titled The Haitian Chronicles. – The New Yo...
Tags: Art, People, NEC, Ford Foundation, Ward, New York Times Op Ed, Negro Ensemble Company, 02.22.21, Douglas Turner Ward Pioneering Black Theater

Star Museum Directors Talk The Future Of Museums

As the Ford Foundation’s president, Darren Walker, recently told me, “museums are in a crisis because America is in a crisis.” Museums shape narratives that matter, so it’s no surprise young people are passionate about pushing for change. It’s time now to do better—a lot better. That means looking at ourselves honestly and fixing a whole lot about the way we work as we make authentic commitments toward equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism. – Artnet
Tags: Art, America, Visual, Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, 01.01.21

Barbara Weisberger, Founder Of Pennsylvania Ballet, Dead At 94

At age 8, she became George Balanchine’s first student at his School of American Ballet. Later, in Philadelphia in 1961, with a couple of graduates of SAB and a Ford Foundation grant, she founded the Pennsylvania Ballet, the first company in what became the regional dance boom of the 1960s and ’70s. – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, People, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Ford Foundation, SAB, George Balanchine, Pennsylvania Ballet, 12.28.20, Barbara Weisberger, School of American Ballet Later

The Museum Of Chinese In America, Beset By Fire And Much More, Gets A Chance At Recovery

When a fire hit the New York Chinatow museum and the staff worried priceless archives were lost, that wasn’t the only issue facing the institution: The coronavirus shutdown and anti-Asian harassment were ever present threats as well. Now the Ford Foundation has stepped up to help stabilize the institution, which is small but vital to the history of New York. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Ford Foundation, 10.09.20, Museum Of Chinese In America Beset, New York Chinatow

4 major museums have postponed a retrospective for a highly respected painter — Philip Guston — because some of the paintings have images of the KKK.

I'm reading "Delay of Philip Guston Retrospective Divides the Art World/;Philip Guston Now' has become Philip Guston in 2024, after four museums postponed an artist’s show that includes Klan imagery."There's no reason to think Guston liked the Klan. It's for the viewer to gaze on these painterly cartoons... ... and wonder what the hell is this supposed to mean? or just to think hmmm, there's that or whatever you think in a museum... those bastions of white supremacy!Maybe you think, yeah, this i...
Tags: Art, London, Instagram, Law, Ukraine, Drawing, Museums, Kkk, University Of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Nuance, Ford Foundation, Nixon, Richard Nixon, Godfrey

Ford Foundation: Record $160 Million Lifeline For The Arts

The Ford Foundation this week is announcing an unprecedented $160 million-and-growing initiative called America’s Cultural Treasures, with substantial grants going to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) organizations across the country. The grants are, in most cases, the largest ever for the 20 recipients in the first round. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, America, Issues, Ford Foundation, 09.24.20, Cultural Treasures

Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker Joins Board at National Gallery

Ford Foundation head Darren Walker has joined the Board at the National Gallery, the Washington Post reports in an in-depth profile. “I think he is an important figure because he is challenging the sector to think about how we are positioned at the heart of society,” says Henry Timms, president and chief executive of the Lincoln Center for […]
Tags: Art, News, Lincoln Center, National Gallery, Art News, Minipost, Ford Foundation, Board, Darren Walker, Henry Timms, Ford Foundation 's Darren Walker Joins Board, National Gallery the Washington Post

NYT Spotlights Recent Criticism Faced by Musuem Boards and Their Wealthy Patrons

A piece in the NYT this week looks at the challenges to museum boards mounted by protests and activists in recent months, and how these actions are shaking up the world of the wealthy.  “We need to define trusteeship beyond people of financial wealth,” says Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, which supports and advises nonprofits. […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Ford Foundation, Darren Walker

Ford Foundation To Open Art And Social Justice Gallery

The foundation in recent years has focused itself around social justice and equity issues. But this is the first time it has got into programming itself. “Art fosters representation, and we want to show artworks that have a global perspective on issues that we face as a society. We’re really looking for artists that may not be given a platform in a traditional art space.”
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Ford Foundation, SJ, 02.07.19

American Alliance Of Museums Launches Program To Diversify Museum Leadership

“The project, ‘Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion,’ will be supported by $4 million in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alice L. Walton Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The funds will go toward training and resources over the next three years that will help museum leaders better reflect the communities they serve.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, Ford Foundation, SJ, 01.16.19, Advancing Museum Board Diversity Inclusion

In L.A. County, Using The Arts To Help Keep Kids Out Of Jail

“A one-year, $750,000 grant from the Ford Foundation’s Art for Justice Fund will help launch the Arts and Youth Development Project, intended to serve youth and families at risk of involvement or already involved with the juvenile justice system.” — Inside Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Issues, Ford Foundation, SJ, 01.14.19

In L.A. County, Using The Arts To Help Keep Juvenile Offenders Out Of Jail

“A one-year, $750,000 grant from the Ford Foundation’s Art for Justice Fund will help launch the Arts and Youth Development Project, intended to serve youth and families at risk of involvement or already involved with the juvenile justice system.” — Inside Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Issues, Ford Foundation, SJ, 01.14.19

Ford Foundation Uses Its Building To Help Reinvent The 21st Century Foundation

After half a century, the building remained a gem but needed an upgrade. City officials gave the foundation until 2019 to remove asbestos, fix the sprinklers and make the site wheelchair accessible. The foundation’s president, Darren Walker, saw the opportunity to nudge the headquarters, in other ways as well, into the 21st century. And so Ford has now downsized its footprint, making room for other foundations. There’s a new public art gallery, a touch-and-feel garden in the atrium for the blind...
Tags: Art, Ford, Issues, Ford Foundation, Walker, SJ, Darren Walker, 11.19.18, 21st Century Foundation

With New Urgency, Museums Aim to Cultivate Curators of Color

Eager to attract a broader cross-section of visitors at a time when the country’s demographics are changing, museums are seeking to diversify their staffs.
Tags: Art, News, Internships, Museums, Bill, De Blasio, Blacks, Minorities, Ford Foundation, Walker, Brooklyn Museum, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Colleges and Universities, Darren (1959-

Dance/NYC's Harwell Joins Ford Foundation

Executive Director Lane Harwell will transition from Dance/NYC this summer to join the Ford Foundation as Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression, where he will support the foundation’s explorations of how the arts can contribute to fairer and more just societies.
Tags: Art, People, Ford Foundation, 06.19.18, Harwell Joins Ford Foundation, Lane Harwell

First Museum To Victims Of Lynching Opens In Alabama

"After two years of planning and construction, and having raised an estimated $20m from Google, the Ford Foundation and private philanthropists such as the billionaire activist siblings Pat and Jon Stryker, the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice [in Montgomery] will be inaugurated with a two-day 'peace and justice summit' starting […]
Tags: Google, Art, Alabama, Montgomery, Issues, Pat, Ford Foundation, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, 04.16.18, Jon Stryker

Marcia Thompson, 94, Ford Foundation Officer Who Helped Change The Way Arts Orgs Are Run And Financed

"The National Arts Stabilization Fund, a consortium of private and corporate philanthropies ... , grew out of her collaboration, beginning in the late 1950s, with a Ford vice president, W. McNeil Lowry, to create incentives for symphonies, ballet companies, theaters and other arts groups to liquidate their deficits and build working capital reserves. The model's […]
Tags: Art, People, Ford, Ford Foundation, 04.10.18, Marcia Thompson, National Arts Stabilization Fund, W McNeil Lowry

Ford Foundation Gives $200,000 to Hammer Museum

The Ford Foundation has given Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum a $200,000 grant to support public programming, which will be used in part to upgrade its tech infrastructure. “We are eager now to share our equally impactful public programs with the wider audience they deserve,” says director Ann Philbin. “By investing in a critical pillar of our activities, […]
Tags: Art, News, Los Angeles, Art News, Minipost, Ford Foundation, Hammer Museum, Ann Philbin

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker On The Power Of Art, Inequality, And Detroit

Hrag Vartanian: "Our conversation took place soon after the organization announced plans to open an office in Detroit, a city it had left in 1953. We spoke about the public's interest in scrutinizing institutional authority, Walker's own love of art, and the renovations at the Foundation's building, and also discussed Agnes Gund's new Art for […]
Tags: Art, Detroit, Issues, Ford Foundation, Foundation, Walker, Agnes Gund, Darren Walker, 11.09.17, Hrag Vartanian

Theater News: Dominique Morisseau & Ping Chong & Company Receive Art of Change Fellowships

The Ford Foundation recognizes artists and cultural leaders who "blend artistic brilliance with commitment to social justice, and pursue their creative lives in a spirit of generous collaboration."
Tags: Theatre, Ford Foundation, Dominique Morisseau, Ping Chong

Selling Art To Fund Social Justice

"New York art patron Agnes Gund has sold a record-smashing $165 million Roy Lichtenstein painting to create a fund to help address mass incarceration in the United States. Some $100 million from that sale will establish the Art for Justice Fund, to be managed by the Ford Foundation, which aims to raise another $100 million […]
Tags: Art, New York, United States, Issues, Roy Lichtenstein, Ford Foundation, Agnes Gund, 06.12.17

Ford Foundation Prez: The Arts Aren't Frill - Why We Need To Fund The NEA

Darren Walker: "The fact is, America’s economy depends on the arts.  As of 2014, the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates, our nation’s creative sector contributes nearly $730 billion to our GDP—a larger share than 44 states.  It supports 4.8 million jobs, from schools to galleries, theaters, and beyond.  And it supplies an enormous trade surplus that continues to grow year after year; America’s culture remains among our proudest exports. Moreover, the arts catalyze all of this be...
Tags: Art, America, Issues, Nea, Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, 03.26.17, United States Bureau of Economic Analysis

Artistic Leadership Is About People And Vision, Not Buildings

By Thomas W. Morris I recall clearly seeing the picture of Bing, Bernstein and Balanchine in 1966, and remember well the promise of creative artistic explosion with the realization of the Lincoln Center dream with leaders, as Joseph Horowitz says, “poised to drive their celebrated companies to great heights, buoying by an unprecedented American cultural complex.“ We have to remember that at the time, Lincoln Center was the first in new cultural facilities that subsequently engulfed America over...
Tags: Art, Europe, Leadership, America, Lincoln Center, Ford Foundation, Pierre Boulez, Bernstein, Philadelphia Orchestra, Walt Disney Hall, Boston Symphony, Balanchine, Joe Horowitz, Joseph Horowitz, 02.16.17, Bing Bernstein

Alison Bernstein Gave Tens Of Millions Of Dollars To Cultural Initiatives At The Ford Foundation

“She was a lively and curious and wonderfully imaginative person, and this all came across in 10 minutes.”
Tags: Art, People, Ford Foundation

WNYC Explores Options for Artists’ Affordable Housing in New York

A piece on WNYC radio today explores efforts to keep artists in New York City through affordable housing initiatives, speaking with Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, one of the nation’s largest grant-making foundations.  “Artists are the essential ingredient to the vibrancy of a city,” he says.  “Without artists, your city is in many ways without life.” Read […]
Tags: Art, New York, News, New York City, Art News, Minipost, Ford Foundation, WNYC, Darren Walker

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