Andy Warhol Foundation gives large grant to Wave Pool to support community-centered art

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When he died suddenly in 1987 at the age of 58, Andy Warhol left almost all of his estate – one built from a vast inventory of works of art, personal belongings, films. and diaries – to create a foundation to support “the advancement of visual art.”

In its most recent round of grants, the Foundation awarded grants to 50 arts organizations across the country, including the Cincinnati Wave Pool.
The Camp Washington-based community arts center will receive $ 100,000 over two years to strengthen its programs that support emerging artists and provide opportunities through residencies, exhibitions and community-based programs.

“The foundation is committed to supporting organizations that amplify the voices of artists and position them at the center of the critical conversations that shape our future,” said foundation president Joel Wachs.

Wave Pool is an art center whose founders are committed to community change by creating opportunities and supporting artists. Its space includes an art gallery, studios, artist residency program, carpentry workshop, ceramics studio, and community gathering space.

“This support is a catalytic force for Wave Pool, allowing us to continue to invest in artists while meeting the needs of the community,” said CEO Cal Cullen.

Wave Pool also received $ 40,000 in incubator grants from the VIA Art Fund and the Wagner Foundation. The organizations awarded 2021 grants to just five US-based visual arts groups for general operating support.

Founded in 2013, VIA Art Fund supports contemporary visual art through philanthropic partnerships that value artistic production, thought leadership and audience engagement. In 2019, he partnered with the Boston-based Wagner Foundation to create the Incubator Grants program to support small visual arts organizations in the United States.

“Wave Pool is thrilled to receive this vital and transformative funding,” said Cullen.


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