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Participants contributing to Mel Chin’s “F.R.E.E. (Fundred Reserve Even Exchange) Bank of America, L.I.C.” at How Much Do I Owe You? exhibition by Organizational Grant Recipient No Longer Empty.

Bob Snead working with participants during the project Family Dollar General Tree at Organizational Grant Recipient Coleman Center for the Arts.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation has provided funding to arts organizations nationally that support the individual visual artist in their respective communities. Grants have been given in categories such as visual arts programming, professional development, exhibitions, artist publications, and website development. The Foundation’s focus in organizational granting is to support the promotion of cultural equity and expanded opportunities for artists at all points in their careers.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Organizational Grant Program will consist of two program cycles in 2015. The first will focus specifically on New Orleans based arts organizations, both past grantees and organizations new to the Foundation. If you are a New Orleans based organization interested in learning more, please click here for a downloadable PDF with complete program details.

The second (winter) cycle will support past grantees of the Foundation, specifically our national organizations based outside of New Orleans. We unfortunately will not be able to review letters of inquiry from organizations new to the Foundation this year.

This is a period of transition for the Foundation’s Organizational Grant Program as we are currently embarking on a strategic planning process. There will likely be further changes to the Organizational Grant Program next year. As a result, the Foundation will be focusing on our current grantee relationships and our commitment to the New Orleans community.

For those organizations eligible and interested in applying to the 2015 winter cycle, the due date for letters of inquiry is Monday, August 3, 2015.

Letters of inquiry should be a one to three page letter that describes your organization, the program/project for which you are seeking funding, and grant request amount.

Questions can be directed to Allison Hawkins at


Funded Organizations

Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement
Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University
Aljira A Center for Contemporary Art
Alliance for Sustainable Arts Professional Practices
Alliance of Artists Communities
Alternate ROOTS
Anderson Ranch
Art F City
Artists' Studio Archives
Artist Trust
Arts & Democracy Project
Arts Council of New Orleans
Art Works for Change
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
Aspen Institute
Atlantic Center for the Arts
Backstreet Cultural Museum
Boston Center for the Arts
Bronx Council on the Arts
The Center for Book Arts
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists
Centre for the Living Arts
Charlotte Street Foundation
Chicago Artists Coalition
Coleman Center for the Arts
Columbia University, Teachers College Research Center for Arts and Culture
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
Contemporary Visual Arts Association of New Orleans
Creative Alliance of New Orleans
Creative Capital
Creative Time
CUE Art Foundation
Des Moines Art Center
DUMBO Arts Center
Easton Mountain/Arts in the Woods
Elders Share the Arts
The Front
Grantmakers in the Arts
International Studio and Curatorial Program
Jersey City Museum
KK Projects/Life is Art Foundation
The Laundromat Project
Lehigh University Art Gallery
Le Musee de f.p.c
Louisiana Artworks
Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
Mattress Factory
National Center for Creative Aging, Research Center for Arts and Culture
National Performance Network
New Orleans Airlift
New York Foundation for the Arts
No Longer Empty
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Operation Paydirt: Fundred Dollar Bill Project
Out Loud Art
Pelican Bomb
The Porch
Port of Resolution
Prospect New Orleans/US Biennial
Race Forward
Ramapo College Art Galleries
Real Art Ways
Santa Fe Art Institute
Smack Mellon
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Space One Eleven
Staten Island Arts
St. Nicks Alliance
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Community Arts Program
UCLA, Chicano Studies Research Center
Urban Artist Initiative
Vermont Studio Center
Visual AIDS
Women’s Studio Workshop