The recent past has been marked by nationalist populism, escalating culture wars, and the erosion of rights, resulting in public intimidation, censorship, and self-censorship. ​Covid-19 has created new realities for our colleagues, for the variety of individuals, collectives, and institutions we support whose research and practices address such conditions of constraint. Therefore, FfAI has adapted and expanded its grantmaking to accommodate critically urgent needs.

During the pandemic and its aftermath, FfAI is offering greater flexibility to request general operating support for institutions, or help with pressing necessities, such as living expenses, for individuals. Our support continues to be directed toward artists, curators, researchers, and cultural institutions whose work may be threatened by extreme conflict, repressive political contexts, public intolerance, as well as restrictions —both institutional and political— on accessing funds.

FfAI is interested in practices that originate and/or end in the arts, but that also have broader effects and consequences. We are focusing on individuals and institutions developing new and dynamic definitions of community, connectivity, and solidarity, especially practices that do not reproduce existing power relations.

Our support includes:

  • Grants to individuals, such as artists, activists, researchers, writers, and others active in the visual arts, to support the continuation of their autonomous research, without institutional, governmental or philanthropic encumbrances. FfAI is invested in work that fosters collectivity. Research in the visual arts, including  alternative forms of institutionality (their history, successes, and failures), the redefinition and use of archives, and new applications for the commons are central to FfAI’s ongoing concerns.
  • Grants to institutions in the visual arts whose continued existence is under threat and whose practices we consider essential.