|For 27 years, we have invested in individual artists through the Art Ventures Fund. The 2015 grantees include: (back row) Fabricio Farias, Roy Berry, Patrick Barry,Tony Walsh. Front Row: Ana Paula Habib, Darryl Reuben Hall, Kate Rouh, Hiromi Moneyhun.
The Northeast Florida region is fortunate to have many outstanding cultural organizations and professional artists that contribute to our quality of life. Through the years, many generous donors have established funds at The Community Foundation which support this field because they value the vitality that arts and culture bring to Northeast Florida.
Twenty seven years ago, The Community Foundation accepted a challenge from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to create a fund to support individual artists and small, emerging arts organizations. The NEA invested $50,000 a year for four years, and the Foundation was required to raise at least $100,000 per year in matching funds. Many donors came forward and the campaign was a success.
In the past 27 years, the Art Ventures initiative has invested in the work through more than 160 grants to individual artists and more than 95 grants to small arts organizations. It remains the only fund of its kind in Northeast Florida, and through this work, Art Ventures has helped develop a regional arts community that today is more robust than ever imagined.
For information on how to apply for Art Ventures, click here.
Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award
When The Community Foundation accepted the challenge from the National Endowment for the Arts to raise the funds for Art Ventures, it was Ann M. Baker with Courtenay Wilson who led the successful campaign which has since assisted hundreds of artists and dozens of small arts organizations to grow and thrive. Upon Ann's passing, it seemed fitting to establish this endowment in her honor.
The Community Foundation’s Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award is presented to an artist who articulates an artistic vision and radiance in a medium or discipline which brings distinction to Northeast Florida. It is designed to build momentum for an artist or performer with extraordinary talent whose investigations involve the creation of new work accessible to the local community. This is not a lifetime achievement award, but it does celebrate past achievement and acknowledges a resolute commitment to an artistic discipline or field.
The inaugural recipient in 2015 was Terrance L. Patterson, founder and artistic director of the Ritz Chamber Players. The second Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award was given to sculptor and architect David Engdahl, pictured above with his daughter and members of the Baker family.
Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund
Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert was well-known for her academic and artistic pursuits in promoting visual arts throughout her lifetime. As an artist, she received her BFA from Syracuse University, and her MFA and Ph.D. from American University. Dr. Crisp-Ellert was also awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Yale University, and studied both at the Royal College of Art and the Sorbonne. She exhibited nationally and internationally in both group and solo shows, and is represented in numerous private and public collections.
To honor her artistic legacy, her husband, Dr. Robert Ellert, established the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund to promote visual art appreciation and visual art education in St. Augustine. The fund began making grants in 2009. For information on the Fund's most recent grants, click here.
For information on how to apply, click here.
We are grateful to the generous donors who established the following named funds that support our Arts field of interest:
- Art Ventures Fund
- J. Shepard Bryan, Jr. and Mary Ann Bryan Arts Endowment
- Independent Life Minority Arts Award Fund
- Anne and Sallyn Pajcic Art Ventures Endowment
- Allyn Sharpe Art Ventures Fund
- Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund
- Ann M. Baker Art Ventures Award Endowment Fund