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Thirteen museums in seven countries have been named recipients of Bank of America grants for the conservation of artworks ranging from an Edouard Manet painting to a colossal ancient Chinese Buddha.

The 2015 Art Conservation Project grants totaling more than $1 million were announced Friday. The recipients include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the British Museum, the OCA Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

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Three Maine museums have received nearly $1 million in federal funding to improve storage at the Monhegan Museum and Maine Historical Society and reinstall the collection at the Portland Museum of Art.

The PMA received $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities; Monhegan and the historical society each received $250,000, with the condition that each raises $50,000 in matching grants.

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Saturday, 27 June 2015 02:34

Bloomberg Names Winners of Public-Art Grants

Public funding for the arts has rarely been stable in recent years, and private philanthropy is often locally focused. But not always.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable organization founded by former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, announced that it has chosen cities across the United States to receive grants of up to $1 million to support public art projects. The funds will go to four projects, in Los Angeles; Gary, Ind.; Spartanburg, S.C.; and a joint proposal from three New York cities — Albany, Schenectady and Troy.

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The Getty Foundation has announced a second round of grants for its Keeping It Modern conservation initiative, funding the study of exceptional architecture including Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill., and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius' residence in Lincoln, Mass.

Grants totaling more than $1.75 million have been awarded to 14 buildings, built in the 20th century in eight countries including India and Brazil....

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The organization behind the prestigious Fulbright fellowship is launching a new program to rescue artists from conflict zones. The Artist Protection Fund, a three-year pilot project led by the Institute of International Education and funded with $2.79m from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers grants to threatened artists and places them at host universities or art centers in friendlier foreign countries.

“Threats against just one individual artist can have an immediate chilling effect on entire artistic communities,” Allan Goodman, the president of the Institute of International Education, said at a launch event at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Gov. Jerry Brown has gone from an arts Scrooge in January to an arts Santa Claus of sorts in May.

State tax coffers have filled faster than expected this year, and the governor’s annual “May revise” of the original spending plan he proposed in January would share a modest morsel of the wealth -- $5 million -- with the California Arts Council, the state’s arts grant-making agency.

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The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding $894,300 in grants to nine Maine organizations for projects that focus on artistic creativity.

The majority of the funding is going to the Maine Arts Commission. The commission is getting $723,300. The rest of the money is going to a range of organizations that support projects in film, folk music, stage production, young artist workshops and other endeavors.

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The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts will be represented exclusively by the international gallery Hauser & Wirth, the organizations announced Thursday.

The foundation, established by Kelley in 2007, issues grants for challenging and novel projects in Kelley's favored mediums, which included textiles, drawing, painting, video, photography, sculpture, installation and performance.

When Kelley died of an apparent suicide in South Pasadena in 2012, the foundation took on the role of shepherding his legacy. Hauser & Wirth said it will seek to reinforce Kelley's stature as one of Los Angeles' most influential artists, expand the foundation's programs and exhibit Kelley's work at its galleries worldwide.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:53

California Governor’s Proposal Cuts Arts Funding

Last spring, some heavy lifting in the California Legislature produced a budget bill that gave state arts funding its first legislated boost in more than a decade, albeit a modest one.

California taxpayers’ investment in the California Arts Council, the state’s grantmaking agency for nonprofit arts organizations and public school arts education, rose from $1 million to $6 million.

But Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the coming 2015-16 year puts advocates of arts spending back at the bottom of the hill. His spending plan gives the arts council just $1.1 million from the tax-fed general fund.

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Among the beneficiaries of the latest round of funding from New York's Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts are exhibitions devoted to Alberto Burri, R.H. Quaytman, Walid Raad and Arlene Shechet. The $4 million, or £2.6 millon in grants will go to more than 40 organizations, that will range from New York museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim, to organizers of the Raad and Burri shows, respectively - to non-profit organizations like Atlanta's Burnaway, which publishes an art magazine that trains young writers.

A fact which artlyst considers to be a worthy beneficiary, especially considering Warhol's acceptance of media in its entirety - including, of course, the creation of his own magazine 'Interview' - and Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources, in Buffalo, New York, which promotes and supports film, video and new media arts.

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