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Ford Foundation Awards $3.5 Million Grant to the National Museum of Mexican Art

Ford Foundation Awards $3.5 Million Grant to the National Museum of Mexican Art

The National Museum of Mexican Art has announced a $3.5 million, four-year grant from the Ford Foundation and its “America’s Cultural Treasures” initiative.

The Museum is one of 20 organizations to receive grants and the only one in Illinois. The unrestricted grant is the largest in the Museum’s 33-year year history.  

National grants range from $1 million to $6 million each to support Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations as part of the America’s Cultural Treasures initiative.  

“We are thrilled to receive this funding as an acknowledgment of the contributions of communities of color,” said Carlos Tortolero, Founder and President of the National Museum of Mexican Art. “The Museum staff work tirelessly to bring forth the rich stories, past and present, giving voice to the Mexican community throughout the country and the world.  The Museum is also fortunate in having a dynamic Board of Trustees.

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“Our thanks to the Ford Foundation for their recognition of the National Museum of Mexican Art as an anchor for artistic and cultural equity in Chicago and the U.S.,” Tortolero said.

The Museum is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but continues to produce outstanding exhibitions, art education and cultural performances including music and poetry, offered virtually. The Museum’s just opened Día de los Muertos exhibition, Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead “pays tribute to those who have died from COVID-19.” Live virtual tours of the exhibition are offered in English and Spanish through December.

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