Fund for the Arts Grant
Fund for the Arts is an endowed fund at NEFA that supports cultural organizations in greater Boston to effectively partner with artists to create new public art.
While NEFA is operationalizing our 2018 strategic plan and conducting a learning assessment of our Creative City grant-making program, we are not conducting an open grant cycle for Fund for the Arts. In 2018 and 2019, the Fund for the Arts is providing multi-year financial support to a cohort of organizations in Boston that exemplify the Fund for the Arts commitment to advancing public art.
Fund for the Arts is not currently accepting applications. We anticipate that we will relaunch an open call for grant proposals in 2020.
Launched in 1981, under the leadership of Boston attorney Phil David Fine, Fund for the Arts began with an extensive publicity and fundraising campaign out of WBZ-TV (now CBS4). The campaign drew support from local businesses, arts organizations, and individuals and resulted in the formation of an endowment fund, which today has assets of nearly $3 million. In 1992, Fund for the Arts became a permanent program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
As a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, Fund for the Arts has historically funded organizations in the greater Boston area to commission artists to plan and implement site-specific, temporary and permanent public art.
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NEFA’s priority for this round of Fund for the Arts grantmaking is to support organizations that are currently strengthening the public art sector through diverse approaches.
A grant from Fund for the Arts will enable organizations to:
- Invest in artists to develop new public art in the greater Boston area
- Make lasting impacts in their communities
- Strengthen the public art sector in diverse ways
By investing in this cohort of organizations, NEFA aims to learn in partnership with these organizations about how NEFA may be able to better support more equitable and sustainable public art practices in the Boston area.
Jane Preston | Deputy Director
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