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Creative Aging: Life Doesn’t Stop
March 2024

In this initiative from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, learn about how art museums across the United States are creating new opportunities for older adults to create, find purpose and build community. Read More call_made

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The next urgent-ism: museums must change their ageist ways
January 2024

Museums in the US and beyond are neglecting members of a rapidly expanding demographic who also historically have been the sector’s biggest donors. Read Andras Szanto’s and Brian’s Kennedy Op Ed in the Arts Newspaper, inspired by their keynote presentation for the Vitality Arts Project for Art Museums 2023 Gathering in Minneapolis. Read More call_made

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Older Americans Rarely have access to Arts Education. This funder is working to change that.
January 2023

Inside Philanthropy has published an article on E. A. Michelson Philanthropy’s Vitality Arts program, which funds museums and arts education organizations providing individuals “55 and better” with multi-session, skills-based arts workshops. In mid-January, and with the assistance of ASLLC in collaboration with Brian Kennedy Arts Consulting, the program awarded $3 million in new grants to 16 art museums across the country. Read More call_made

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E. A. Michelson Philanthropy Announces Second round of Vitality Arts Grants
January 2023

Adding sixteen additional museums nationwide to a previously awarded nine museum grants of up to $250 thousand, E. A. Michelson Philanthropies in January 2023 significantly expanded the number of museums providing participatory arts programming for people 55 and over and undertaking anti-ageism initiatives. Part of a comprehensive philanthropic strategy, the grants respond to seismic demographic shifts in the US, which museums have begun to address. Read More call_made

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One Foundation Is Giving Top U.S. Museums Millions of Dollars to Address a Critical Blind Spot: Programming for Older Adults
July 2022

Artnet News has published an article on the Vitality Arts Project for Art Museums, an initiative by the E.A. Michelson Philanthropy and coordinated by ASLCC, which “gives more than $2 million over 18 months to nine major museums in an effort to support “creative aging” programs for visitors 55 and above.” Read More call_made

Philanthropic Initiative Publications
Untapped Opportunity: Older Americans & the Arts
June 2022

“The corrosive ageism that permeates our culture leads us to see older people as “other,” but it turns out that older and younger adults want the same things from life: we all have a deep desire to have fun, to connect meaningfully with others, to create and to learn.” A milestone in the work between E. Michelson Philathropies and ASLLC, this special report is a collaboration between LaPlaca Cohen and Slover Linett Audience Research, which sheds light on older generations’ distinct preferences and behaviors to provide relevant insights for cultural engagement. Read the report here. Read More call_made

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The Culture Lead Now Live
May 2022

This May, Culture Lead, a project on which ASLLC provided guidance, launched with the aim to help make action against Climate Change the social norm across all cultural institutions. The vision of Culture Lead is a net zero world where culture has created impact, both in zeroing institutional emissions, and in inspiring other institutions and visitors to make the same choice.

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Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards Winners Announced
April 2022

Presented by Asia Society and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in collaboration with the Hirshhorn Museum, National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection, and Environmental Defense Fund, the Climate Art Awards will be presented to Maurício Chades (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Douglas Tolman (University of Utah), and Alexa Velez (Washington University in St. Louis) on April 2 in Washington, D.C.

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“Art Institutions Aren’t Doing Enough to Lead on Climate Change. Here’s How the Industry Should Rethink Its Responsibility”
January 2022

In this Op-Ed for Artnet News, co-authors András Szántó and Orville Schell weigh some of the art world’s most environmentally harmful practices and explore how the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is taking one key step with the launch of the Climate Art Awards. Read More call_made

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Open Call for Artists: Announcing the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards
December 2021

Responding to the urgency of accelerating climate change, Asia Society and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation are launching the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards, organized in collaboration with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, and The Phillips Collection and with support from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Environmental Defense Fund. Selected via an online open call launching on January 10, 2022, three winning artists will each receive $15,000 and be honored at an event in Washington, D.C. in April 2022. Read More call_made

Event Philanthropic Initiative
Unfinished Camp Launches in New York and Basel
September 2021

Unfinished Camp, the inaugural art initiative from Unfinished, convenes influential arts institutions and emerging contemporary artists from the across the globe to create original works that respond to the question, What is the future of art in a decentralized world? These original works will debut to the public simultaneously at The Shed in New York at Unfinished Live and at Art Basel in Switzerland in September 2021. Unfinished Camp has brought together a global network of nine founding partner institutions, marking a groundbreaking collaboration between leading arts organizations and the emerging tech-focused artists they support. Read More call_made

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Dates for Unfinished Live Announced
June 2021

Unfinished has announced the dates for Unfinished Live, an in-person and virtual event set to take place at The Shed in New York City from September 23–25, 2021. Exploring the 2021 theme, The Future Is Decentralized, influential leaders will foster conversation and deepen our understanding of a new digital era that prioritizes people over platforms. During the conference, Unfinished will launch Unfinished Camp, a project conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist and András Szántó. This initiative, which includes numerous partner arts institutions, will manifest at the Shed through a series of newly commissioned videos created by an exciting roster of young artists. Read More call_made