Art Bridges is an operating foundation, which means we work together with partners on projects. Our partners receive more than just funding. In addition to financial support, we have offered curatorial expertise, assistance in generating exhibition ideas, training and professional development for staff, and introductions to other institutions that might join the project.
Yes. Art Bridges does not support costs associated with staff time, overhead, or print publications. Art Bridges focuses on the direct costs associated with touring an exhibition, and engaging audiences with that exhibition. We will work with you as a partner to build a budget and identify which expenses Art Bridges supports.
Art Bridges supports the sharing of our collection and will pay for the direct costs involved with getting the work into your museum and on display. That includes things like transportation, packing and crating, insurance, in-gallery didactics, fabrication, installation, interpretation, and furniture.
Art Bridges Projects
All partnerships are tied to a specific project. Projects facilitate the sharing of high-quality collections of American art with people across America – either through a collection loan or an exhibition. Projects may range in size from one object to many and are often designed to travel to multiple locations.
Most projects start with an object from the Art Bridges collection or with one of the collection-based exhibitions we are helping to travel to venues across the country.
Once an organization has been approved for a collection loan or exhibition project, they may be eligible to apply for programming and evaluation or convening project support.
All projects and partnerships begin with a conversation. Once we’ve agreed on a project, the Art Bridges team provides a wide range of support.
The process is very interactive – we assist you in writing your project proposal, building your budget, and refining your idea. Overall, we believe it shouldn’t be an intimidating process, so we’re with you every step of the way.
We love innovative and experimental projects that align with our mission. We are happy to discuss your idea, so please reach out.
For more information on developing an Art Bridges project, please visit our guides for step-by-step instructions.
Every project is different. The length is based on the needs of the project – so we will determine that together. For a traveling exhibition, most venue time slots are between 10 and 16 weeks in order to honor the larger tour schedule. If you’re borrowing from the Art Bridges collection, loans typically last between 6 and 12 months.
Yes. We are excited to work on multiple projects with your team. If you have the capacity to participate in multiple projects with us, we’re happy to support you.
No. All Art Bridges projects begin with either a collection loan or exhibition project, because our mission is to share artworks broadly. We do support programming associated with approved exhibition or collection loan projects.
No. We focus on supporting traveling exhibitions created from a single museum’s collection. That’s our focus – collection sharing. Therefore, we are not currently supporting exhibitions created with loans from galleries, private collections, or multiple museums.
Yes. Partners often borrow 2-3 objects at a time. Works can be activated in permanent galleries. Or, you could consider creating a temporary exhibition focused on Art Bridges loans.
Art Bridges supports the sharing of our collection and generally pays for the direct costs involved with getting the work into your museum and on display. That includes things like two-way shipping, packing and crating, insurance, in-gallery didactics, installation, and interpretation.
Yes. If you are creating a traveling exhibition of loans from multiple lenders, and need an object from Art Bridges, please contact us. It is important to note that loan shows are typically not eligible for the same level of support.