The recent past has been marked by escalating cultural wars, the erosion of rights, censorship, self-censorship, and withdrawal from the public sphere. Nationalism, populism, and public intimidation are clear and present threats.

For several years, the Foundation for Arts Initiatives has focused its support on individuals, collectives, and institutions whose research and practices address such conditions of constraint.

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 that are developing new and dynamic definitions of community, connectivity, and solidarity. We are interested in 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. The support is intended for temporary refuge or travel, but also to make possible the continuation of work and research in one’s own context. FfAI is especially invested in work that fosters collectivity.
  • Grants to artists, activists, writers, researchers, writers, and others active in the visual arts for travel and research that are directed toward specific areas that are central to FfAI’s ongoing concerns. These include alternative forms of institutionality (their history, successes, and failures), the redefinition and use of archives, new applications for the commons, and the development of dynamic definitions of community, connectivity, and solidarity 

  • Grants to institutions whose continued existence is under threat and whose practices we consider essential.