Founded in 1963, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania has developed an international reputation as a preeminent venue for contemporary art and culture. ICA is widely known for exhibiting artists at critical points in their careers. It organized the first museum shows on the work of Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson, Robert Indiana, and Agnes Martin. A non-collecting museum, ICA is also one of the only kunsthalles in America.
Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania will engage its staff, board, community, and consultants in a strategic visioning process, centered on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion themes, that will guide its internal processes and future curatorial, public engagement, and fundraising efforts. A revised mission statement and organizational plan will consider how this venue for contemporary art and culture can become more welcoming, relevant, and responsive to the local and global communities it serves.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.