The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, named for the American abstract expressionist painter, announced on Wednesday that it had committed $10 million to the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative to help the nation’s visual arts institutions become more energy efficient.
“We wanted to help U.S. art institutions join the climate fray,” Fred Iseman, the president of the foundation, said in a statement. “There is a void to be filled, a crying need to provide technical know-how and financial support to art institutions to scope their needs, define problems and implement solutions.”
The first round of grants, which start at about $7,300 (the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, Calif.) and include a top award of $100,000, totals $5.1 million and includes 79 institutions in more than 25 states.
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