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ART Terra Foundation awards $2.5M for permanent collection projects
2021-05-06

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The Terra Foundation for American Art announced the awarding of nearly $2.5 million in grants to 35 arts and cultural organizations throughout the country.

These grants support projects through the foundation's new two-year exhibition grant initiative, "Re-envisioning Permanent Collections: An Initiative for US Museums."

The Terra Foundation established this grant program to encourage museums to delve more deeply into their collections to reveal a fuller multiplicity of artworks and voices that have shaped, in the past and up through the present, the artistic and cultural heritage of the United States.

In Chicago, the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC)—one of the recipients—will examine the intersections of Chicago's LGBTQ and Black art histories through the exhibition "Love Is Universal." It will focus primarily on the Black gay male artists who were closely connected with the center between its founding in 1940 and into the 1980s, exploring the ways SSCAC served as a haven for Black LGBTQ artists, when few other venues were willing to exhibit their work. The exhibition will offer historical context for social life at the center, examining the complicated, intersectional relationship between Black and LGBTQ civil rights movements.

Chicago recipients include the following:

—Publication entitled "The Future Is Indigenous," accompanying a reinstallation of the Native North American Hall, The Field Museum;

—a reinstallation entitled "Henry Darger: Behind the Scenes, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art;"

—a reinstallation entitled "Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories," Rebuild Foundation; and

—"Love Is Universal," at the South Side Community Art Center.

Letters of inquiry for the second round of funding for Re-envisioning Permanent Collections are due Nov. 1. Guidelines for funding are at www.terraamericanart.org/what-we-offer/grant-fellowship-opportunities/re-envisioning-permanent-collections-a-special-initiative-for-us-museums/.

Established in 1978 and headquartered in Chicago, with an office in Paris, the Terra Foundation's grant program, collection and initiatives are committed to fostering cross-cultural dialogues on U.S. art locally, nationally and internationally.


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