NEW YORK .- Prospect.1 New Orleans, the largest international art biennial ever organized in the United States, announced the receipt of a $150,000 grant from the Getty Foundation’s Fund for New Orleans, which assists visual arts organizations in New Orleans as they recover from the impact of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding. Prospect.1 is also pleased to announce the receipt of two additional gifts – a $50,000 grant from the Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation. The grant from the Starry Night Fund will help to cover the overall costs of the exhibition, while the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation grant will help to fund the biennial’s education program.Prospect.1 will be on view November 1, 2008 through January 18, 2009 and features the work of 81 local, national, and international artists in over 100,000 square feet of exhibition space throughout the city. The Getty Foundation grant will help to leverage the potential of Prospect.1 to contribute to strengthening the cultural sector in New Orleans, especially the numerous local organizations partnering with Prospect.1 to serve as venues for the exhibition and related events.
Among the things that this grant will help make possible are a shuttle bus that will transport visitors between sites and a unique map that will highlight biennial exhibitions as well as additional arts programming throughout the city. The cultural sector is a vital economic force in New Orleans, and Prospect.1 aims to bring the art world to the city, increasing visitorship to all of the venues and stimulating economic activity, not only in the tourist centers, but throughout New Orleans.
“Our grant to Prospect.1 builds on the Getty Foundation’s three-year effort to strengthen visual arts organizations in New Orleans as they recover from the impact of Hurricane Katrina. The biennial presents a wonderful opportunity to highlight the important role that these arts organizations are playing in the city's recovery and will give both local and visiting audiences the chance to experience their unique offerings," said Joan Weinstein, Associate Director of the Getty Foundation. Prospect.1 is dedicated to the idea that art engenders social progress and looks to the mediating power of art to reinvigorate the cultural economy of New Orleans. This dovetails with the Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation’s mission to support organizations that effect positive social change. Among the programs created to benefit New Orleans in a specific way, is the extensive education program for Prospect.1. It has been designed to develop an appreciation of contemporary art in young people through guided exhibition tours, in-school artist residencies, technique training with professional artists, and teacher training workshops. The grant from the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation will help to cover the costs of this program and is especially noteworthy as the Foundation does not typically support contemporary art. "Ruth Fertel was devoted to the city of New Orleans," said Randy Fertel, president of the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation and son of the founder. "It was New Orleans that gave my mother her start in business and enabled Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse restaurants to thrive in her home town and throughout the world. Ruth held strong beliefs regarding the value of education, and the Foundation is pleased to extend its support to U.S. Biennial for its commitment to excellence in cultural education in New Orleans." Working in collaboration with several of the participating venues, such as the Contemporary Art Center and the U.S. Mint, Louisiana State Museum, the education program will serve elementary, middle and high school, both public and private, throughout the city of New Orleans.
This exhibition has been made possible with the support of Prospect.1 New Orleans Founding Benefactor Toby Devan Lewis. Major exhibition support has been provided by Peter B. Lewis; W New Orleans; The Getty Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.; Agnes Gund; and Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation. The education program has been made possible, in part, by Ruth U. Fertel Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Sydney and Walda Besthoff, III; Susan Brennan; Beth Rudin DeWoody; Lyn and John Fischbach; Paul J. Leaman, Jr.; Adam Lewis; The O’Grady Foundation; Donna Rosen; Billie Milam Weisman and The Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation; Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation; Virginia Lyons Speed; Prospect.1 Kingfishers Leadership Committee; andProspect.1 Big Shots Gallery Circle; among others.Prospect.1 is organized under the auspices of U.S. Biennial, Inc., a non-profit organization based in New York with offices in New Orleans that was established in January 2007. Its first project will be Prospect.1.About Prospect.1 New Orleans:Prospect.1 New Orleans was conceived by Dan Cameron to reinvigorate the city, a historic regional artistic center, following the human, civic, and economic devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The primary goal of the biennial exhibition is to redevelop the city as a cultural destination where the visual arts are celebrated and can once again thrive. New Orleans was the first U.S. city to host a recurring international art exhibition, beginning in 1887 with the Exhibition of the Art Association of New Orleans. In this tradition, Prospect.1 will provide the public with work by 81 artists conceived and developed for the city. The largest international art biennial ever held in the United States, Prospect.1 will reach an estimated audience of 100,000 visitors, half of whom will likely be Louisiana state residents.Prospect.1 is founded on the principle that art engenders social progress, so the exhibition and all related events will be free to the public.