News From Around the Art World: June 16, 2020

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Five Foundations Pledge $1.7 Billion for Nonprofits

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are among the five major charities that have collaborated to establish a $1.7 billion fund to support nonprofits struggling with Covid-19-related financial losses, in an initiative spearheaded by the Ford Foundation.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Photo by Céline, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago agreed to cease contracting with the Chicago Police Department.

MCA director Madeleine Grynsztejn addressed the concerns raised in TCA’s petition with her own letter, clarifying that the MCA did not contract the CPD directly, but rather maintained a business relationship with the police through the museum’s private security firm Securitas. Grynsztejn concluded the response by stating that the museum will ask to be alerted any time Securitas engages with the CPD. A post on the museum’s Instagram page confirmed that commitment, stating that the MCA “is not engaged in any current contracts, ongoing contracts, or special services with the Chicago Police Department (CPD), nor does it fund the CPD.”

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Leonardo Drew's 2012 Number 163M was included in the “The Gift of Art” exhibition (2018–19) at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.COURTESY PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI

Diversity-Inspired Museum Fellowships Are Noble—But Do They Lead to Success?

Over the past few years there has been much discussion about the art world’s pipeline problem: that there are not enough paths to professional success and achievement for people of diverse backgrounds. This has galvanized efforts by numerous foundations to create curatorial fellowships at museums and institutions in order to diversify their curatorial ranks.

By Naiomy Guerrero, ArtNews

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The Field Foundation named its 2020 Leaders for a New Chicago winners. The $50,000 award is divided in half — $25,000 for personal use and $25,000 for the winner's affiliated organization. Hoda Katebi is the sole winner not pictured. (The Field Foundation)

11 Chicagoans each awarded $50,000 by Field Foundation for the plans they have to make a difference in the city

In a time when protests for social inequities are everywhere, some Chicagoans are protesting through their daily passions.

Bronzeville resident Dorothy Burge is protesting through the art of quilting. A member of the Women of Color Quilters Network, the recent retiree is transitioning her hobby of quilting with a message into a full-time endeavor thanks to The Field Foundation’s Leaders for a New Chicago award, announced Tuesday by the Field Foundation, in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

By Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune

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Painters work on a mural on 16th Street in Washington, DC June 5, 2020 before the renaming of the street Black Lives Matter Way in front of St. Johns Church. (Photo by Toni Sandys The Washington Post via Getty Images)

How Have Artists Shaped Previous Protest Movements? 7 Historians on How the Past Can Help Us Understand the Present

To help us better understand the current moment and the role art and artists have to play in it, we asked academics who have studied artistic responses to previous rebellions and Civil Rights movements to provide context for what we’re seeing now. Read on for their perspectives on how artists of the past contributed to and helped shape historic moments of change.

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