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Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative

Art Bridges is committed to building long-lasting relationships among museums around the nation.

Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative Cohorts

In 2018 Art Bridges and the Terra Foundation for American Art created The Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative (AB+TFI) to develop a cohort program supporting multi-year exhibition partnerships. 

Wholly funded by Art Bridges, this initiative created six cohorts. For each cohort, large metropolitan museums were invited to partner with regional institutions serving local communities in primarily non-metropolitan areas.

AB+TFI has generated exhibitions at 50+ museums and arts venues to date.  

Visitors look at the painting La Ofrenda by Diego Rivera
Utah MFA visitors look at La Ofrenda by Diego Rivera, on loan from Art Bridges as part of AB+TFI

Courtesy of Utah Museum of Fine Arts

AB+TFI Goals

  • Expand access to outstanding works of American art among audiences across the United States
  • Create opportunities to curate collaboratively using shared collections and resources
  • Foster professional-development exchange among all participating institutions
  • Form a nationwide network of institutions committed to presenting American art in innovative ways
  • Broaden the relevance of museums in the 21st century by piloting meaningful exhibitions with specific communities in mind

Are you interested in AB+TFI?

Detroit Area Cohort

The Detroit area cohort works with museums in Michigan and is anchored by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).

MFA Boston Cohort

The MFA Boston cohort is anchored by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It focuses on museums in the Northeast.

Pennsylvania Cohort

The Pennsylvania cohort is anchored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

American West Consortium

The American West Consortium is anchored by the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (SAAM).

Los Angeles Cohort

The Los Angeles Cohort is anchored by the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art (LACMA).

Wadsworth Atheneum Cohort

The cohort led by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is under development and includes museums in the deep South.