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$2 Million Getty Grant Fund to Support Visual Arts Organizations and Preservation Projects

February 8, 2006

NEW ORLEANS—The Getty Foundation, one of the country’s largest philanthropic supporters of the visual arts, has launched a special initiative to assist New Orleans visual arts institutions as they recover from the impact of Hurricane Katrina.  In an effort to help renew and restore the Crescent City’s vibrant cultural scene, the Getty Foundation has established a $2 million fund to aid the city’s visual arts organizations.

"New Orleans is an extraordinary city; its arts and architecture are cherished by people all over the world," says Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation.  "The Getty is committed to assisting the recovery efforts of the organizations that care for the city’s collections and historic properties."

The Getty Foundation’s Fund for New Orleans will enable non-profit arts organizations to apply for support in two areas: Conservation Grants are designed to assist the city’s cultural institutions to care for their art collections and archives, historic buildings, and landscapes; Transition Planning Grants are aimed at strengthening nonprofits as they respond to the changed environment for the arts following the storm.

The city’s existence as well as its cultural economy were threatened by the hurricane.  Dedicated to promoting and conserving the visual arts, the Getty’s Fund for New Orleans recognizes that increasing cultural tourism is an important part of the recovery effort.

This is not the first time that the Getty Foundation has lent its support to the Hurricane-damaged Gulf Coast region.  Shortly after the storm, the Getty Foundation funded the launch of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s recovery and outreach efforts in the devastated region.  The grant covered the expenses necessary to organize and deploy volunteer teams of architects, conservators, and engineers to Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to assess the damage caused to historic buildings and districts by the storm and flooding.  This work served as an essential first step in preserving and rebuilding the area’s towns and neighborhoods.

Of this collaboration, Richard Moe, president of the National Trust, says, "We have had an incredible partnership with the Getty Foundation and applaud their ongoing efforts to help this city, which is one of our nation’s most authentic, historic cultural centers."

The Getty Foundation’s Fund for New Orleans reaffirms its commitment to philanthropy in New Orleans.  While this special fund has been designed to provide concentrated assistance in New Orleans, the Foundation will also consider support through its regular grant categories for other organizations in the region that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina.  In addition to the grant fund, Getty staff members will also lend their expertise to selected conservation or transition planning projects.

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Beth Brett
Getty Communications Department

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