Grant proposals are now being accepted for the 2021 Bank of America Art Conservation Project. Nonprofit cultural institutions with artwork requiring much-needed conservation are welcome and encouraged to apply at www.bankofamerica.com/artconservation. All proposals must be submitted before Monday, November 30 to be eligible for funding in 2021.
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration, including objects that have been designated as national treasures. Due to challenges brought on by the coronavirus, Bank of America postponed the 2020 Art Conservation Project, directing planned funding to support the general operating needs of partner institutions. The proposals that were submitted before the program’s temporary suspension will be reactivated and reviewed for 2021 grant consideration.
“Today, art is demonstrating its resilience with cultural institutions adapting to new ways of sharing their collections with the world,” said Rena DeSisto, global arts and culture executive for Bank of America. “We’ve provided support to our partners by allowing them to convert funding to cover general operating needs, and with the launch of our 2021 Art Conservation Project, in addition to our many other programs, we’ll continue our work with institutions to help them build audiences for years to come.”
The 2021 Art Conservation Project will mark the 10th year that Bank of America will provide grants to cultural institutions worldwide. Since 2010, the program has funded more than 170 projects in 33 countries on six continents. In total, 150 nonprofits have benefitted and more than 3,000 pieces – including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, textiles, documents and archaeological pieces – have been preserved. These works, which span our collective history from the ninth century B.C. to the present day, are critically important to cultural heritage and the history of art.
Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Bank of America Art Conservation team and members of the company’s Art Conservation Project Advisory Panel, which includes: Barbara Buckley, The Barnes Foundation; Nick Dorman, Seattle Art Museum; Mark Lewis, Chrysler Museum of Art; Merv Richard, National Gallery of Art; Laura Rivers, J. Paul Getty Museum; Stefan Simon, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation; and Lena Stringari, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The Art Conservation Project is a key element of Bank of America’s program of arts support worldwide, and part of the company’s environmental, social and governance program. Through the Art Conservation Project, programs like Museums on Us®, loaning exhibitions through the Art in Our Communities program, and sponsorships and grants, we support a wide range of both local and world-class organizations. Our program is designed to have a positive impact on economies and societies throughout the world, and shine a light on diverse cultural traditions. Through steadfast and strategic support, we have become one of the world’s leading corporate supporters of the arts. To learn more about our arts and culture support and programs, please visit bankofamerica.com/arts.
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