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Ten Non-Profits Doing Great Work

Cultural Organizations That Deserve Your Attention

2009 Grants to Artists recipient Maria Hassabi's Staging at Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany, 2017. This performance was supported by an Emergency Grant to replace a dancer who unexpectedly could not perform in the work. Photo © Mathias Voelzke

BY the AAP team
New York, NY

In Other Insights

This holiday season, we wanted to draw your attention to ten great arts institutions that do ground-breaking work all year round—each in need of wider acknowledgment and support. They each serve the development and understanding of art in essential ways that often fall outside the scope and attention of the marketplace. Each is deserving of your support. 


Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NYC

Since its inception in 1963, the mission of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has been to encourage, sponsor and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations. Its legacy continues today with unrestricted, by-nomination grants supporting pioneering work across the fields of dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. A fund is also maintained to assist artists with emergencies and unexpected opportunities related to their work.

To donate, please click here


Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

View of Hans Peter Kuhn, Acupuncture (2016) on the roof of the Mattress Factory. Photo credit: Mattress Factory

Founded in 1977 by artists to support artists, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. It has presented and commissioned new installation and performance works by more than 750 artists, including some of James Turrell’s first light installations. Located in Pittsburgh’s North Side, the Mattress Factory has also been a catalyst for community revitalization through education programs and property rehabilitation.

To donate, please click here  


Artists Space, NYC

Installation view from “Unholding”, Artsits Space, New York (19 November 2017-21 January 2017). Photo credit: Daniel Pérez

Artists Space is non-profit art gallery and arts organization first founded in 1972 in Tribeca, NYC. Now located in Soho, Artists Space has been the site of provocative discussion and experimentation within contemporary artistic debate—from the postmodern image to identity politics; from institutional critique to post-conceptualism and the AIDS Crisis. Artists as wide-ranging as Laurie Anderson, and Cindy Sherman in the early years and Danh Vō and Hito Steyerl more recently have had their first solo American exhibitions at Artists Space.

To donate, please click here


Triple Canopy, NYC

Out now from Triple Canopy, Andy Warhol: The Series contains two previously unpublished television scripts by the writer Hilton Als for a series on the life of Andy Warhol. With an introduction by Jennifer Krasinski.

Triple Canopy is a magazine based in New York. Since 2007, this non-profit has advanced a model for publication that encompasses digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions, and books. Ambitious and wide-reaching, Triple Canopy is leading a new generation of young arts organizations.

To donate, please click here


Rebuild Foundation, Chicago, IL

Stony Island Arts Bank. Photo credit: Tom Harris © Hedrich Blessing, Courtesy of Rebuild Foundation

Rebuild Foundation is a platform for art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation. Its projects support artists and strengthen communities by providing free arts programming, creating new cultural amenities, and developing affordable housing, studio, and live-work space. The Rebuild Foundation’s work is informed by three core values: black people matter, black spaces matter and black things matter.

To donate, please click here


The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Installation view of “Non-Fiction” at The Underground Museum. Courtesy of The Underground Museum

The Underground Museum an art and culture center dedicated to exhibiting museum-quality art to diverse communities for free. It upholds the belief that art is an essential part of a vibrant, just and healthy society. The museum’s role as a cultural hub and urban oasis in its low-to-moderate income neighborhood cultivates the hope that increasing access to art will inspire, educate, and transform lives.

To donate, please click here


Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

Project Row Houses Round 32 Opening, March 2010. Courtesy Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses is a community-based arts and culture organization in Houston’s northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. Founded by local African-American artists wanting a positive creative presence in their own community, Project Row Houses shifts the view of art from traditional studio practice to a more conceptual base of transforming the social environment. In 2018, it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

To donate, please click here


Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC

Texas Isaiah, My Grandson’s Stretch (2016), part of the current exhibition “Fictions” at the Studio Museum (until 7 January). Courtesy the artist.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally, and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. In addition to its exhibitions, the museum offers a residency program for emerging artists as well as extensive education and public programs serving the Harlem community.

To donate, please click here


Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA

Sushi with Wakiko June (2015). Courtesy Women’s Center for Creative Work

Founded in 2013, the Women’s Center for Creative Work’s mission is to cultivate feminist creative communities and practices. Combining a co-workspace on the LA River in Frogtown, project incubation facilities, residency programs, a rapidly growing network of over 16,000 followers, and a full calendar of artistic and professional development programming, the center advocates for feminist-led creative businesses and projects in Los Angeles.

To donate, please click here


The Laundromat Project, NYC

The Laundromat Project’s Field Day Festival: Harlem, 2015. The Laundry Room (116th St. & Lenox Avenue). Photo credit: Ray Llanos

The Laundromat Project is a community-based, non-profit organization that uses arts and culture to build community networks and solve problems in low-income communities. It envisions a world in which artists are understood as valuable assets in every community and everyday people know the power of their own creative capacity to transform their lives, their relationships, and their surroundings.

To donate, please click here



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