Art Bridges, a foundation dedicated to expanding access to American art, has announced a $5 million commitment in support of museums impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
With the goal of supporting its partner museums, many of which are located in small and midsize communities and facing serious financial challenges as a result of the public health emergency, the Bridge Ahead Initiative will award grants to institutions with annual operating budgets under $30 million. Funds will be distributed in two phases: the first will support the development of digital or print strategies designed to engage audiences remotely, while the second will support grantees' preparations for reopening. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning May 11, until all funds are disbursed.
Established in 2017 in Bentonville, Arkansas, by Alice Walton, Art Bridges works to provide a network of nearly a hundred and thirty museums with support for exhibition development, collection loans, and programs designed to engage new audiences.
"Art Bridges is committed to supporting our partners as they provide greater access to American art in their communities, even while their doors are closed," said Walton. "We believe staying connected is important now and in the future, so we're launching the Bridge Ahead Initiative to assist Art Bridges' partners right away."
(Photo credit: State University of New York, Binghamton)