US foundations back new charity handing out grants to artists
The United States artists fund fills the vacuum created after the government suspended the National Endowment for the Arts in the ’90s
Fellowships are available to visual artists, architects, performing artists, and writers who are citizens or legal residents of the US. The first round of grants, totalling $2.5m, will be announced on 4 December.
The new programme fills the vacuum left when, in 1996 in the wake of the so-called “culture wars” of the late 1980s and 1990s, the federal government abolished the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants to individual artists (except writers, jazz and folk artists).
Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as ‘Charity fills NEA sponsorship vacuum’