United States Artists secures $20 million from Ford and others

The organization was established 11 years ago, and has given out more than $21 million to support nearly 450 artists.

Published in the New York Times | April 19, 2016
United States Artists Picks Up $20 Million in Funding From Ford, Others
By Serge F. Kovaleski

The Ford Foundation, other philanthropic groups and some private donors have given nearly $20 million to United States Artists, an organization that makes grants to artists.

“Artists can drive social change by inspiring our imaginations and challenging us all to work toward a better world,” the Ford Foundation’s president, Darren Walker, said in a statement on Monday.

The money will serve as an operational endowment to support United States Artists’ staffing, conferences and the cultivation of nominators and the administration of grants, among other things. It will cover everything except the grants to the artists themselves, which are financed separately.

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