Terra Foundation Partnerships & Initiatives


Whitechapel Gallery
$33,000
London, United Kingdom
2024

Conceived by Gilane Tawadros, Detour to the Imaginary is a three-day residential convening bringing together 12 artists, curators, writers, and philosophers in conversation to explore the role of the contemporary art institution in the twentyfirst century in providing critical spaces and platforms for different perspectives. Held on the Terra Foundation for American Art’s Giverny properties in October 2024, this convening focuses on how public institutions can respond and contribute to public discourse on global changes through public programming and  identifies the topics of greatest urgency:  censorship and freedom of speech; the politics of immigration and race; cultural activism and resistance; the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements; the ethics of patronage; and the climate crisis. 

Eaux Fortes
$25,000
Strasbourg, France
2024

On the occasion of the 15th Biennale des Arts de Dakar, themed “The Wake,” public programs  delve into global questions of environment, race, and healing, exploring themes such as artistic approaches to ecological repair and the role of memory across the Black Atlantic. Talks, performances, film screenings, tours, workshops, and dialogues featuring American artists and scholars link diasporas across the Atlantic and in the Caribbean, envisioned as a connected archipelago. 

Ateliers Médicis
$100,000
Clichy-sous-Bois, France
2024

This grant supports Clichycago, a residency program at Ateliers Médicis in the Parisian suburb of Clichy-Montfermeil offering fellowships for Chicago-based artists from the city’s South Side. Centered on the theme of “Chosen or Endured Community,” it aims to foster intercultural dialogues and connections between artists locally and internationally, engaging with themes of community, architecture, and public institutions. 

Association of Art Museum Directors
$25,000
New York, New York
2024

This project documents specific experiences of censorship and how widespread it is in the art museum field. The project examines how these experiences differ based on region, type of museum (e.g., university vs. private), etc. The survey  also attempts to collect instances of state and self-censorship and determine whether, and if so to what extent, a chilling effect has been created among art museums. A survey analysis narrativizes these findings and gestures toward next steps for addressing the issues it documents. This project aims to make the field aware of the current polarization to be found across the United States and how censorship and threats to free speech can and will affect cultural organization’s missions. 

National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures— NALAC
$25,000
San Antonio, Texas
2024

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a professional organization that serves the US Latino arts and cultural sector via funding, leadership training, convenings, research, and advocacy. The grant supports NALAC’s first regional workshop in Chicago, an event tailored to the needs and interests of area artists/administrators across disciplines but also designed to promote national connections. Workshop plans and content are informed by a local advisory committee and findings from a survey of Latinx/e arts workers to understand how the convening can add value to the Chicago area, as well as grasp what skills and information are needed and who are the potential speakers from whom respondents want to learn. 

Grantmakers in the Arts
$25,000
Bronx, New York
2024

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), a national professional organization that provides professional development and resources for arts grantmakers, is holding its annual conference in Chicago in October 2024. This grant offsets speaker fees. Shaped by a local committee, the conference comprises four days of sessions as well as cultural programs and tours at cultural sites identified by the committee. The critical goals of the conference are to advance racial equity in arts funding, connect funders to the larger national arts grantmaking ecosystem, and introduce funders from around the nation to local creative communities. 

College Art Association
$25,000
New York, New York
2024

CAA promotes the visual arts and their understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners. As the largest professional convening of artists, art historians, students, designers, curators, and visual art professionals in the United States for over a century, the CAA Annual Conference is a unique space for dialogue, engagement, and professional development in the field of American art.  

Westmoreland Museum of American Art
$75,000
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
2024

Anila Quayyum Agha: Interwoven surveys two decades of the artist’s practice across a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, embroidery, painting, and drawing, and represents the most comprehensive exhibition to date of this Pakistani American visual artist. 

Portland Museum of Art
$75,000
Portland, Maine
2024

Jeremy Frey: Woven commemorates the artistic achievements of a celebrated Indigenous basket maker. Presenting more than 50 of Frey’s baskets from 25 lenders, the exhibition opens at the Portland Museum of Art before traveling to both the Art Institute of Chicago and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. 

Michigan State University Museum
$75,000
East Lansing, Michigan
2024

IT’S MORE THAN A QUILLBOX”/“Ooshme Gaawiyekaajigan aawon is a bilingual (English and Anishinaabemowin) exhibition on Anishinaabe quillwork art at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways. 

Alaska Native Heritage Center
$75,000
Anchorage, Alaska
2024

The Nacheyakda’ina Exhibition Project (nacheyakda’ina means “our ancestors” in the Dena’ina Athabascan language) delves into themes such as the rich artistic traditions of Indigenous peoples throughout the state of Alaska, the introduction of colonialism there, and the ongoing impacts of assimilative colonial institutions on contemporary Indigenous life. 

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
$100,000
Washington, District of Columbia
2024

Adam Pendleton is a multidisciplinary exploration of the artist’s practice, in which he uses text and images to recontextualize histories of Blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde.