The ADAA Foundation was created to distribute grants promoting the appreciation of art and art history. It is supported by donations from ADAA members. The Foundation was used to establish the ADAA Relief Fund to ensure that galleries and non-profit art institutions affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 would be able to recover and remain in business. The Foundation has also given grants to the Archives of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, and most recently, to the Association of Art Museum Curators.
ADAA Foundation Curatorial Awards
For the last two years, the ADAA has collaborated with the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) to choose the recipients of the ADAA Foundation Curatorial Awards. Two museum curators are awarded grants of $10,000 to support the research and developmental stages of an upcoming museum exhibition. ADAA believes that providing support at this stage of an exhibition is crucial in promoting new ventures in curatorial work.
2014 Fellowship Winners
•Pre-World War II: Jane Dini, for the upcoming exhibition Art of American Dance at the Detroit Institute of Arts
•Post-World War II: Pamela McClusky, for the upcoming exhibition Disguise and Contemporary African Art at the Seattle Art Museum
2013 Fellowship Winners
•Pre-World War II: Natalie Mault, for the upcoming exhibition The Visual Blues at the Louisiana State University Museum
•Post-World War II: Lexi Lee Sullivan, for the upcoming exhibition Walking Sculpture at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum