Art Bridges funds collection placements, traveling exhibitions, multiyear cohort programs, Learning & Engagement projects, evaluation, internships, fellows, and more. As a catalyst for change, Art Bridges provides national leadership as well as financial and strategic support to museums and cultural organizations by collaborating on innovative ways of thinking and engaging new and existing audiences for positive social impact.
Lending partners are generally museums with large or focused collections that are:
Lending partners work with Art Bridges to organize traveling exhibitions from their collections. Art Bridges does not support loan shows.
Art Bridges may provide support for:
Borrowing partners are small, medium, and large-sized museums across the country that are:
Borrowing partners may borrow an approved traveling exhibition or works from the Art Bridges Collection.
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Browse our traveling exhibitions. View the Art Bridges Collection. Read our partner stories to learn about successful projects.
We are eager to hear your ideas for engaging your audiences with American art, or for sharing your collection. Spend some time discussing internally how funding support from Art Bridges could help you and your museum increase access to American art.
Each project is evaluated and developed in conjunction with our staff. To start a conversation, please contact us!
The Art Bridges Collection Loan Partnership is a new initiative dedicated to bringing American art out of museum vaults and on view in communities across the United States. At museums across the U.S., a significant portion of their collections sit in storage. These collections include important works of art that are inaccessible to the public. While most museums would like to get art out of storage and on view, financial constraints and staff capacity impact their ability to lend artwork to other museums. The Art Bridges Collection Loan Partnership presents a new lending model that allows museums to circulate their collections.
The Art Bridges Cohort Program is committed to supporting multiyear exhibition partnerships among museums nationwide. Originating in 2018, the Cohort Program (also known as the Art Bridges Initiative) has created eleven museum cohorts led by institutions in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Fort Worth, Hartford, Los Angeles, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Portland, and Washington, D.C. For each cohort, an organizing museum and its regional partners collaborate to create exhibitions that inspire and deepen engagement with local audiences.
Art Bridges demonstrates its commitment to access and inclusion by activating a dynamic and diverse collection of American art. Art Bridges Collection loans are available to museums committed to providing greater access for all communities. All our loans and partnerships begin with a conversation.
Art Bridges partners with outstanding lending institutions of all sizes to develop traveling exhibitions featuring American art.
Art Bridges collaborates with partners to connect new audiences with collection loans, traveling exhibitions, and cohort program projects. Art Bridges partner institutions with current collection placements or traveling exhibitions, as well as those that are part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program, are eligible to apply for Learning & Engagement support.
Art Bridges supports evaluation activities to promote the use of data for improvement and learning, and to help us better understand our impact.
The Art Bridges Fellows Program is dedicated to creating diverse museum leadership with a national cohort of emerging arts professionals and mentors.
At Art Bridges, we are thrilled to work with interns from Northwest Arkansas and all over the country each academic year and summer.
Art Bridges launched the Bridge Ahead Initiative in May, 2020. This initiative committed nearly $6 million to help partner museums develop strategies to engage and connect with communities remotely while museums were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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