The Getty Foundation
When our country’s largest biennial of international contemporary art, Prospect.1 New Orleans, opened in New Orleans in November 2008, it breathed new life into the historic but ravaged city. And it would not have been possible if not for the support of the Getty Foundation.
As Deborah Marow, director of the Getty Foundation, explains, Prospect.1 New Orleans is only one in a long list of projects and events her organization helps fund. “Most people think of the Getty only as a museum in Los Angeles,” explains Marrow. “But actually the J. Paul Getty Trust, including four programs—The Getty Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Foundation—is active all over the world.”
“The foundation, carrying out the Getty’s philanthropic mission, has provided nearly 6,000 grants in 180 countries over the past 24 years,” she adds. “All of these grants are designed to increase the understanding and preservation of the visual arts.”
Prospect.1 New Orleans, held in museums, historic buildings and found sites throughout the city, features 80 emerging and international artists and presents several additional programs benefiting the community. The events run through January 18, 2009.
The Getty Foundation has been involved with preserving and strengthening New Orleans since Katrina hit more than three years ago. It has given 21 grants, totaling $2.8 million, to a variety of arts venues and events in the city, from museums in the French Quarter to community arts organizations to the current biennial.