Hudson River MuseumHRM Joins 13 Museums Across the Country in Emergency COVID-19 Grants

Yonkers, NY—Hudson River Museum is honored to announce an award of $200,000 in operating support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest funder of the arts and humanities. This support of the HRM comes from Mellon’s Art Museum Futures Fund, a COVID-19 relief initiative created to help sustain art and cultural institutions with immediate funding as they adapt to unprecedented financial obstacles posed by the global pandemic. The goal of the fund is to recognize visionary leadership, distinctive collections, and commitment to community, as well as historically overlooked artists and histories. 

“We are profoundly grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and honored to be in the company of such fine museums across the country,” said Masha Turchinsky, Director and CEO. “This major support comes at a time of tremendous need for the HRM and allows us to continue to serve our audiences and fulfill our mission to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history. It’s also a recognition from the Mellon Foundation of the vital function the Museum proudly serves within our community.”

This is the Art Museums Futures Fund’s second round of grants, and was distributed to 14 small-sized art museums with strong and long-standing commitments to the local community and social justice. In addition to the Hudson River Museum, the museums are: Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME; Art Museum and Visual Arts Program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM; California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; El Paso Museum of Art, TX; Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI; Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY; Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; New Orleans African American Museum, LA; Riverside Art Museum, CA; San José Museum of Art, CA; and Tucson Museum of Art, AZ. Read the Foundation’s announcement. 

Founded in 1969, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest private funder of the arts, and the humanities in higher education. The Foundation launched the Art Museum Futures Fund in September 2020 with the distribution of nearly $27 million to small and mid-sized arts museums and cultural organizations across the country facing unprecedented financial obstacles as a result of the pandemic. 

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