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MacKenzie Scott Gives $2.7 Billion in Grants to Education, Social Justice and Arts Organizations

The funds will be go to 286 higher education, social justice, and arts organizations.

MacKenzie Scott New Donations Evan Agostini/Associated Press

MacKenzie Scott, one of the richest women in the world, promised to keep giving her fortune away “until the safe is empty” following her divorce from Jeff Bezos in 2019. Over the past year, Scott has donated some $6 billion to more than 500 nonprofit organizations, and this week announced a new round of grants worth a combined $2.7 billion. The funds will be distributed to 286 higher education, social justice, and arts organizations working to support marginalized and underserved communities.

Among the arts organizations receiving funds are Art for Justice, which was launched in 2017 by collector Agnes Gund and aims to end mass incarceration in the United States; New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem and El Museo del Barrio; Native Arts & Culture Foundation, a Vancouver-based organization that centers indigenous arts as a means for social change; and Souls Grown Deep, a nonprofit group that maintains the foremost repository of works by Black artists from the South.

Scott said in a statement: “Arts and cultural institutions can strengthen communities by transforming spaces, fostering empathy, reflecting community identity, advancing economic mobility, improving academic outcomes, lowering crime rates, and improving mental health, so we evaluated smaller arts organizations creating these benefits with artists and audiences from culturally rich regions and identity groups that donors often overlook.”

Below follows the cultural institutions included in this round of grants. The full list of organizations can be found here.

Arts Administrators of Color Network
Arts for Healing and Justice Network
Arts Forward Fund
Art for Justice Fund
Arts Midwest
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Funds
Flamboyan Arts Fund
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
International African American Museum
Japanese American National Museum
L.A. Arts Endowment Fund
The Laundromat Project
Maine Expansion Arts Fund
Mama Foundation for the Arts
Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
Mexic-Arte Museum
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid-America Arts Alliance
El Museo del Barrio
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
Museum of Chinese in America
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
New England Foundation for the Arts
Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Fund
Self Help Graphics & Art
Souls Grown Deep
South Arts
Southwest Folklife Alliance
The Studio Museum in Harlem
The Village of Arts and Humanities
United States Artists
Western States Arts Federation
Wing Luke Museum
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

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