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Message from the Director

June 2008

As the Getty Foundation approaches its 25th anniversary in 2009, we are initiating changes in our grantmaking priorities and strategies. These changes have grown out of an intensive strategic planning process undertaken over the past year across the J. Paul Getty Trust (which also encompasses the Getty Museum, Research Institute, and Conservation Institute) that resulted in changes in the Getty's program and budget priorities. At the Foundation, this process has included an assessment of past grantmaking, as well as consultations with advisors and grantees.

The Foundation maintains its commitment to increasing the understanding and preservation of the visual arts, both in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Our new mission statement identifies four key grantmaking priorities:

  • Strengthening art history as a global discipline
  • Promoting the interdisciplinary practice of conservation
  • Increasing access to museum and archival collections
  • Developing current and future professionals and leaders

As we move forward, we are shifting resources from annual competitions and broadly defined grant categories to more focused, proactive grantmaking and special initiatives, carried out in closer partnership with the Getty Museum, Research Institute, and Conservation Institute. This approach will build on our experiences with successful past initiatives, such as Campus Heritage, Fund for New Orleans, L.A. Art Online, and Central and Eastern Europe.

New and Ongoing Grant Initiatives

  • On the Record: Art in L.A. 1945 –1980 aims to tell the story of Los Angeles contribution to modern art. The first phase of the initiative included grants to make accessible archival collections documenting the period. The next phase will culminate in a series of exhibitions throughout the city in 2011-2012.

  • Online Scholarly Cataloguing Initiative will work with a group of art museums to create replicable models for online scholarly catalogues of collections.

  • Mosaics Conservation Initiative is designed to improve the care and conservation of mosaics throughout the Mediterranean region.

  • Panel Paintings Initiative will expand and enhance training and practice for the conservation of panel paintings.

Grants No Longer Offered

To pursue these new directions, the Foundation has made the difficult decision to eliminate several of our existing grant categories, either because we believe our original goals have been achieved or because we think we can better accomplish our objectives through targeted initiatives. Therefore, we will no longer offer the following grants, although we intend to develop future initiatives in many of these areas.

  • Non-residential individual fellowships including Postdoctoral Fellowships, Collaborative Research Grants, and Curatorial Research Fellowships (please note, however, that the Getty will continue to offer grants for residential scholars at the Getty Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Museum.)
  • Publication Grants
  • Architectural Conservation Grants
  • Research Resources Grants
  • Museum Interpretation Grants

The Foundation staff looks forward to the new opportunities that lie ahead and we will update our website as we develop new initiatives, so please check back periodically for new information.

Deborah Marrow
Director, The Getty Foundation



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