Expanding Access


our mission

We provide financial and strategic support to museums to get art out of storage and into communities.

Art Bridges works with museums of all sizes to create and support arts programs that educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences.

Art Bridges Staff, Fellows, Interns, Summer 2023

Why access to art

Everybody deserves access to art. Art is hope, it’s opportunity, it’s education, it’s all of the things we all want.

Alice Walton

Founder of Art Bridges

How We Fund Museums

At Art Bridges, we do things a little differently. We support partners and projects rather than grantees and grants.

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    What WeFund

    We provide financial and strategic support to partners for Art Bridges approved traveling exhibitions, collection loans and collection sharing. We also support programming, audience engagement, and evaluation to increase community access to American art.

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    Who CanApply

    We fund non-profits with a 501c3 status, state universities, state and city entities meeting eligibility requirements with the Internal Revenue Service and government agencies. Please contact us if unsure of eligibility.

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    Once a partner has been approved for a project, they will be invited to apply for funding and collaborate with our program and awards teams on their application.

Our Impact

  • 886+

    More than 886 projects have been funded

  • 232+

    We’re successfully working with more than 232 partner museums

  • 5.3M

    Have served more than 5.3M people nationally

  • 49

    Our foundation covers 49 states in the USA + Puerto Rico

The Art Bridges Collection

The Art Bridges Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices.