Programs

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation awards three types of grants: General Grants for Arts and Arts Education, Arts Education Schools Choose Grants and Arts Education Impact Grants.  All grants reflect a commitment to engage diverse communities and audiences in the arts. The program emphasizes accessibility to institutions and art practices as a means to promote identity, creativity and cultural literacy. 

 

GENERAL GRANTS FOR ARTS AND ARTS EDUCATION

General Grants for Arts and Arts Education are awarded to organizations committed to making the arts a solid and significant part of the education process. Organizations awarded General Grants have a history of providing arts education services to children and youth in local underserved public schools and community settings. They  offer students the opportunity to explore the language of the arts through a variety of disciplines. General Grants are also awarded to organizations and institutions that provide the public with valuable cultural experiences.

 

ARTS EDUCATION SCHOOLS CHOOSE GRANTS

The Foundation initiated the Schools Choose grant program in 2012 to help New York City public middle and high schools counter diminished funding for arts education programs. The objectives of the grant are twofold: to support initiatives by underfunded public school principals to integrate the arts into regular student curriculum, and to give these principals an extended window to measure the effects of their arts programs on their school’s population. The Schools Choose Grant is distributed annually and continuously over a five year period.

 

ARTS EDUCATION IMPACT GRANTS

Impact Grants are awarded to organizations that help develop and implement arts education programs in New York City schools and communities. Impact Grants are given on a competitive basis and are offered for a maximum of five years. In this time period, the organization establishes art education curriculum that makes a significant impact on young people’s lives. Organizations are expected to conduct rigorous assessment to ensure that successful programming continues as a regular part of the organization’s operations at the end of the grant period.

 
 

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Pierre and Tana Matisse in their New York City home.
Photograph by Hans Namuth for Connaissance des Arts, February 1987.


 

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Tana Matisse enjoying the company of Joan Miró at the artist’s home in Mallorca, circa 1980


 

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Pierre and Tana Matisse with Marc Chagall at a reception at The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977


 

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Pierre and Tana Matisse visiting Balthus and Setsuko Ideta in Rossinière, Switzerland, circa 1988

 

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Tana Matisse and Zao Wou-Ki in his studio, ca. 1992

  

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The entrance of the Pierre Matisse Gallery in the Fuller building in NYC where Pierre Matisse maintained his gallery for over 50 years