Arts patron and philanthropist Alice Walton created Art Bridges, a 501(c)3 operating foundation, in 2017 to focus on sharing outstanding works of American art across the country. Her vision for the foundation centers on collaboration with museums and institutions of all sizes and in all regions of the country, where Art Bridges will help create and fund exhibitions, programs, evaluation, and new thinking about sharing works of art.
“Our country’s significant works of art should be available for all to see and enjoy,” said Walton. “Outstanding artworks are in museum vaults and private collections; let’s make that art available to everyone, and provide a way to experience these cultural treasures.”
The exhibitions supported by Art Bridges will range from single-object loans to fully developed exhibitions, and will include funding for in-depth educational and interpretive materials. “We want to support partner institutions in expanding and deepening their connection with audiences,” said Walton. “This is about engaging communities through providing access and learning opportunities, as well as allowing for experimentation in exhibition development.”
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