Artadia is a nonprofit grantmaker and nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons. We elevate the careers of artists at pivotal moments in their practice and help strengthen their communities through a proven combination of recognition, grantmaking, community support, and advocacy. Since its founding, Artadia has awarded over $5 million in unrestricted funds to over 354 artists in 7 cities.
Artadia was founded in 1999 by Christopher E. Vroom and a group of arts leaders in San Francisco. They recognized the erosion of public support for the arts, and were united by the belief that visual artists play a foundational role in shaping society and the arts economy, not only as storytellers but as civic leaders. After relocating to New York in 2002, Artadia now serves six major U.S. cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.
Today, Artadia annually awards unrestricted grants directly to artists through a curator-driven process. In addition to receiving grant funds, Artadia Awardees become part of the Artadia Network, which offers an innovative platform to unite artists with our devoted network of professionals ranging from curators and fellow artists to legal and financial experts. The Artadia Network provides Awardees with a forum for structured resource sharing, opportunities for new connections and access to practice based solutions.
Over two decades, Artadia has celebrated the invaluable role visual artists play in society, offering programs that reflect our mission to not only support artists, but remain informed by them. Through our collaborative work, together with artists’ communities and across the museum and gallery landscape, we have cultivated a rare degree of expertise in creating the conditions necessary for artists from all backgrounds to thrive and succeed. Artists possess the vision and ambition to inspire change through their creativity, especially, in the vital communities where they live and work. We believe that if artists remain at the core of local, national and global conversations, communities large and small will be strengthened and economic justice in the arts can be realized.
Aurele Danoff Pelaia
Laura Roberson Fisch
John Guess, Jr.
Naima J. Keith
Christopher E. Vroom