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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 consisted of two program cycles in 2015. The first, our New Orleans Initiative, focused specifically on New Orleans based arts organizations, both past grantees and organizations new to the Foundation. To learn more about the process, please click here for a downloadable PDF with complete program details. To see this year's list of recipients, please click here.

The second, our winter cycle, supported past grantees of the Foundation, specifically our national organizations based outside of New Orleans. We unfortunately were 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 in a strategic planning phase. There will be further changes to the Organizational Grant Program in the coming years. As a result, the Foundation has been focusing on our current grantee relationships and our commitment to the New Orleans community.

Please check back in early 2016 for additional program updates and our 2016 program model.

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
A Studio in the Woods
Atlantic Center for the Arts
Backstreet Cultural Museum
Blights Out
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
Desired Evolutions
Des Moines Art Center
DUMBO Arts Center
Easton Mountain/Arts in the Woods
Elders Share the Arts
Faces of Culture
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
Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame
The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
Mattress Factory
National Center for Creative Aging, Research Center for Arts and Culture
National Performance Network
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University
New Orleans Airlift
The New Orleans Community Printshop and Darkroom
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
Press Street
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
Southern University at New Orleans
Space One Eleven
Staten Island Arts
St. Nicks Alliance
St. Roch Community Church Artist in Residence Program
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
Young Aspirations, Young Artists (YAYA)