In 2020 and 2021, Teiger Foundation supported COVID-19-related relief efforts in the arts, providing grants to Artist Relief Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Relief Fund, Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts, and three coalitions of smaller New York-based arts organizations: The Consortium (fifteen small- to medium size visual-art nonprofits); The Coalition for Small Arts (thirty-two smaller nonprofits in the arts); and Rethinking Residencies. The board was also pleased to commit lead support to the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia: The Milk of Dreams.
In 2022, Teiger Foundation renewed support for New York’s Consortium and initiated funding for Los Angeles Visual Arts Coalition, as well as other artworker-run groups making change for the field. These include W.A.G.E. and the climate-action pioneers Artists Commit, Art into Acres, Art + Climate Action, Art/ Switch, Gallery Climate Coalition and Ki Culture, who, with additional partners, make up PACT. The intensives, seminars, and fellowships of Independent Curators International (ICI) and the Contemporary Curators Conference, a self-organized group of U.S. curators meeting since 1999, also received funds.
The Foundation also supported exemplary small organizations that radically center artists and community alike in different ways. PARTICIPANT INC; The Clemente; University Museum at Texas Southern University; The Lab; and California African American Museum are all curator-run. Their small size is an asset for continual experimentation and self-development, and while able to serve specific communities of interest, they are inherently more porous to their audiences.
The Foundation supported individual, curatorially-authored projects at different stages, such as Drum Listens to Heart at its beginning; A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration, initiated in Jackson and Baltimore, and traveling to Brooklyn, Berkeley, and Los Angeles; and Tropical is Political: Caribbean Art Under the Visitor Economy Regime as it culminates after several versions and venues. Other initiatives include MONUMENTS, which confronts white supremacy in public space and memory in an unprecedented way; an as-yet-untitled exhibition and conference at Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art and Environment that explores visual art and climate; and Indian Theater, the first large-scale exhibition of its kind to center performance as the origin point for contemporary Indigenous practice.
Teiger Foundation is also committed to funding internationally. In 2022, we supported the work of the curatorial council of the 57th Carnegie International; documenta 15; and the transnational organizations Mophradat–which supports the Arab diaspora–and Asia Art Archive, headquartered in Hong Kong with branches in New Delhi and Brooklyn, NY.
The artist-activists of Artists at Risk, the Kyiv Biennial’s Emergency Support Initiative, the Ukrainian Emergency Art Fund, as well as the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response, which helps save cultural heritage in Ukraine and elsewhere, were also grantees in 2022. Read more about them here.