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Raising Funds for a Diverse Collection
The MFA’s collection is an extraordinary resource. The collection of American art, in particular, offers insight into the founding principles of our nation. Visitors from around the country and the world can trace the efforts of Americans to define themselves as both citizens of a new nation and as individuals in a growing multicultural society—from the nation’s earliest days to the recent past. To accurately represent the cultural history of all Americans, acknowledging the realities of bigotry, racism, and the continuing struggle to attain full civil rights, while honoring the founding principles of the United States—freedom, equality and justice—the MFA seeks to present significant artworks that represent the richness of American art and the diversity of the nation’s people.
The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection was established in 2005 by the MFA Trustee and Overseer Diversity Advisory Committee for the purpose of diversifying the Museum’s collection. The Heritage Fund provides acquisition funds for works by American artists of color, broadly defined, and other art that broadens the visitor experience by presenting a more complete record of American culture.
Since its inception, The Heritage Fund has supported the purchase of numerous works, including:
- Tire Jumping in Front of My Window, 1936-47 by Allan Rohan Crite
- 715 Washington Street, Greenwich Village, 1947 by Walter Augustus Simon
- Cube 27, 1970 by Alvin Loving, Jr.
- Untitled (Black and White Frontal Caballero), about 1952-55 by Martín Ramírez
- A Yellowstone Geyser, 1887 by Grafton Tyler Brown
- Secretary (writing desk), 1841 by Thomas Day
- Iago’s Mirror, 2009 by Fred Wilson
- The Kiss, 1985 by Raphael Montanez Ortíz
- Parasitos y Perecedos, 2012 by Daniela Edburg
- The Axelrod Collection; 67 works by African American Artists, from 19th & 20th century
You can support the Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection through direct contributions or by participating in the Heritage Remixed Friends group, a new way to get involved at the Museum that offers exclusive events that explore cross-cultural connections throughout the MFA.
For more information on The Heritage Fund or to make a direct contribution, please contact the Gifts of Art Program at 617-369-4047.
The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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