Strategy for Foundation Leaders


László Moholy-Nagy and Lucia Moholy Untitled 1925

panOpticon pays tribute to the next generation of Artist Heritage Stewards

“Bearing names such as Frankenthaler, Haring, Lichtenstein, Mapplethorpe, Mitchell, Pollock-Krasner, Rauschenberg, and Warhol, private foundations created by visual artists are a rapidly emerging force in cultural philanthropy and in artistic heritage stewardship. The Seminar on Strategy for New Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders, presented collaboratively by The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative (AEFI) and University of Miami School of Law (UMSL), supports the professional development of individuals who currently have, or will have, new policy-setting and leadership responsibilities for artist-endowed foundations—directors, officers, trustees, board members, senior staff—and orients them to the characteristics of these distinctive organizations.

“AEFI aims to strengthen the next generation of artist-endowed foundations by increasing the capacity of these new entities to fulfill their founders’ charitable intentions. AEFI’s strategy is to address the significant information gap facing foundation creators as well as those who lead, govern and advise foundations. This strategy is grounded in the findings of the National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, AEFI’s principal research component, and implemented through ongoing programs of research, publications, leadership education, and events to share knowledge with key audiences.

“Site visits and sessions with seasoned foundation leaders are central to the curriculum. By building the capacity of new leaders, the Seminar advances AEFI’s mission to strengthen the charitable impact of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field.”
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This year’s Seminar was held June 6–10, 2016 in New York City and was hosted by the Dedalus Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Isamu Noguchi Foundation & Garden Museum. The Art Dealers Association of America Foundation (ADAA) sponsored the welcoming reception and panOpticon sponsored the closing celebration.

The AEFI Lead Underwriters are ARIS, DeWitt Stern, and U.S. Trust.

Above: This year’s AEFI Certificate recipients at the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Photo ©2016 Scott Rudd