The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation: General Grants for Nonprofits
The Thoma Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations whose innovative projects and original ideas will advance scholarship in the arts, and seeks bold proposals that provide promising insights into the following fields:
- Art of the Spanish Americas
- Digital & Electronic Art
- Japanese Bamboo
- Post-War Painting & Sculpture
- Arts and culture of the American Southwest
Projects supported by General Nonprofit Grants fall within one or more of the following categories:
- Academic—includes research, travel, manuscript development, hiring research assistants, equipment, etc. to support original scholarship related to art genres falling under Thoma Foundation’s fields of interest. Academic projects should culminate in a clear final deliverable such as a book manuscript or peer-reviewed article.
- Exhibitions slated to open in 2022 or 2023—exhibitions should relate to genres within Thoma Foundation collections, and significantly raise the public profile of those genres while also advancing art historical scholarship. Exhibition funding can include development, scholarship, construction, outreach, traveling costs, admissions subsidies, and more.
- Conservation—conservation programs should connect to Thoma Foundation collecting areas. Proposals should go beyond standard best practices to include new technologies, techniques, institutional collaborations, or interdisciplinary approaches.
- Convening—includes academic conferences and workshops that will significantly advance the fields of art scholarship related to Thoma Foundation collections.
- Publications—Publication projects should advance scholarship and provide broad and equitable dissemination of knowledge and ideas. Publication Grants are intended to assist with production-related expenses. Eligible costs include author’s fees, editing, image rights and permissions, photography, design, printing, and translation, including museum and university presses. Note: Publication projects use a separate application form.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Preference is given to organizations located in Thoma Foundation’s target areas of Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, as well as international projects that engage with the Foundation’s Art of the Spanish Americas collection.
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