In an announcement this week, the Tacoma Art Museum was one of 58 cultural organizations in five states to receive 2012 grants from the Paul G. Allen Foundation, a non-profit granting organization founded in 1988 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Jo Lynn Allen. This cycle of grants totals $6.6 million, focusing on Native American communities and innovative projects.
The Tacoma Art Museum received $75,000 to organize their 2014 exhibit “Art, AIDS, America,” a collaboration with curator Jonathan Katz at the Brooklyn Art Museum. The show is intended to travel around the country.
“It’s an early grant, but it takes a museum a long time to organize a show like this, and right now they’re doing research, putting the catalog together,” said Jim McDonald, senior program officer for the foundation’s arts and culture grants. “This is one of the major exhibits they’ve done. We want to support the museum’s scholarly effort.”
While TAM was the only Tacoma group to receive a grant during this cycle, McDonald said that previous grants had been given to the Broadway Center for Performing Arts and the Museum of Glass. Tacoma Art Museum has been a regular grant recipient of the Allen Foundation since 1995.
“We annually fund them because of the great work they do, and their good management,” said McDonald.
The foundation grants to institutions in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska. Other Washington grant recipients include Seattle Opera, Seattle Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum and arts and cultural organizations in Seattle, Tukwila, Leavenworth and Pullman.
More information on the foundation’s grants can be found at www.pgafamilyfoundation.org.