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AAC is awarded $120,000 from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

 

THE GRANT WILL SUPPORT AAC'S DIVERSITY + LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

Fellows

The Alliance of Artists Communities has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support its signature Diversity + Leadership Initiative across two years. AAC was one of 42 grant recipients out of an applicant pool of 224.

"The Alliance of Artists Communities is thrilled to receive funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts," writes Alliance of Artists Communities Executive Director Lisa Hoffman. "The Alliance's Diversity + Leadership Initiative represents the coming together of two of our core priorities: equity in the arts and professional development. This funding will support the Alliance's vision to amplify the voices of administrators of color and administrators with disabilities early in their residency careers to support closing critical gaps in leadership, decision-making freedom, and retention. We are inspired by the Warhol Foundation's deep commitment to this work."

At the heart of the Initiative – which combines research, advocacy and professional development work – is an expansion of the Diversity + Leadership Fellowship. This year-long leadership program provides direct support and networking opportunities for emerging arts administrators of color and administrators with disabilities working within the residency field. Piloted in 2016, the program addresses the well-documented lack of diversity in leadership at residency programs (which mirrors overall figures for the arts sector, where 92% of executive directors identify as white, and 88% report no disability). The Fellows program focuses on building a tactical network that fosters collaboration, and solidarity, and amplifies the voices of administrators of color and administrators with disabilities, recognizing and promoting their expertise.

The 2018 fellowship application is open through August 7th. Fellows will be provided with a range of professional development opportunities – including attending the Alliance's 28th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA (October 15-18, 2018), a fellows leadership retreat, and work with a field mentor.

Given the crucial role that residency programs play in support of individual artists and the creative process, this lack of diversity has far-reaching effects on the field not only impacting residency leadership but opportunities for artists, work produced and communities engaged. This initiative acknowledges that to support all artists and the issues they address, the field must have employees, boards and partners, who mirror the communities and concerns of artists and share their values. Lisa Hoffman states, "We believe in the potential of residency leadership to reflect the incredible diversity of artists and artistic practices that we support."


ABOUT THE ALLIANCE OF ARTISTS COMMUNITIES

The Alliance of Artists Communities (AAC) is the international service organization for artist residency programs and artist-centered organizations in the US and abroad. AAC's mission is to advocate for and support artist residency programs as a means of advancing the endeavors of all artists. Founded in 1991, AAC currently has more than 400 members in 50 U.S. states and 20 countries, and speaks collectively on behalf of the more than 1,500 residency programs worldwide. Since 2004, AAC has provided more than $2 million in direct grant funding to artists and residency centers. It is a registered 501(c)(3). For more information, please visit the website: artistcommunities.org.

ABOUT THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS

In accordance with Andy Warhol's will, the mission of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts. The Foundation manages an innovative and flexible grants program while also preserving Warhol's legacy through creative and responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research for ongoing catalogues raisonnés projects. To date, the Foundation has given over $200 million in cash grants to over 1,000 arts organizations in 49 states and abroad and has donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions worldwide. More information about the Foundation is available at warholfoundation.org.


2017-2018 Fellows pictured at top (L-R): Nora Alami, Associate Producer at Gibney Dance (New York, NY); Arielle Julia Brown, a social practice artist and creative producer (Philadelphia, PA); Nicole J. Caruth, Independent Curator, Artistic Director at The Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE); Amanda Flores, Youth Programming Coordinator at PlatteForum (Denver, CO); Mayumi Hamanaka, Gallery and Communications Director at Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA); Teresa Silva, Director of Exhibitions & Residencies at Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) (Chicago, IL).