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American Folk Art Museum

Self-Taught Art Across Time and Place

aka American Folk Art Museum   |   Long Island CIty, NY   |  http://www.folkartmuseum.org

Mission

Since 1961, the American Folk Art Museum has been the leading institution shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions, publications, and programs. As a center of scholarship, it showcases the creativity of individuals whose singular talents have been refined through personal experience rather than formal artistic training. Its collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent—from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums.

Ruling year info

1964

Principal Officer

Mr. Jason T. Busch

Main address

47-29 32nd Place

Long Island CIty, NY 11101 USA

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EIN

13-1985627

NTEE code info

Art Museums (A51)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Families and Folk Art

In the galleries, families will learn about the artworks that tell a unique story through their use of unusual and found materials. Back in the studio, participants will create their own collaborative pieces in response.

Families and Folk Art introduces children ages 4 to 12 and their accompanying adults to folk art through interactive discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum. Space is limited; registration required.

Population(s) Served
Families

Each Friday evening the public is invited to explore the galleries and enjoy live folk and folk-inspired music. More than 150 people attend on a regular Friday with greater representation by college-age students and young adults.

The museum’s critically acclaimed performance series returns via Facebook Live. Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of self-taught art on view at the museum. Hosted by Lara Ewen.

Population(s) Served

Interactive and discussion-based, individuals with Alzheimer's connect with family members, their caregivers, and their community through art. The program is offered twice a month, free of charge and is conducted by specially trained museum educators.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with other disabilities
Caregivers
Families

Museum-School Partnerships allows for multi-session collaboration between the Museum’s Learning and Engagement department and schools, using exhibition and collection-based programs. The program encompasses a three to ten part series, where the Museum educator works with the classroom teacher to design a customized program, including a classroom visit before and after Museum visits.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The YAC program takes place at the American Folk Art Museum’s Collections and Education Center and welcomes applications from high school students residing or attending school in Queens. YAC participants will explore folk and self-taught art and learn about careers in the arts through a variety of engaging activities; viewing and discussing the Museum’s current exhibitions, creating art inspired by the collection, going behind the scenes at the CEC, and visiting New York City galleries, museums, and arts organizations. Participation is free and includes a MetroCard and art supplies.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Fifteen students are selected annually to participate in the Teen Docent Program. Teens come to the Museum for two hours each week to learn about the collection, museum careers, and engaging audiences on tours. This program teaches critical thinking skills, public speaking, and visual literacy. The teen leaders develop and lead Museum tours for their peers and for the Museum's summer camp sessions.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Museum Career Internship Program is a partnership that provides paid internships to LaGuardia Community College students interested in pursuing museum careers. The program was created to foster diversity and inclusion in the museum field and combines instruction in the field of folk and self-taught art with project-based professional experience in a range of museum departments such as Curatorial, Library and Archives, Learning and Engagement, and Collections.

In this year-long program, students participate in an Introduction to Folk and Self-Taught Art course involving close looking and discussion of artworks, reading and writing assignments, hands-on art workshops, excursions in the field, guest presentations by professionals in the arts, and a final independent project presentation. Students are then matched with a museum department for their internship while continuing to participate in group meetings, off-site trips, and workshops, all designed to create opportunities for professional development and in-depth museum experience.

Eight LaGuardia students participate in the program each year and meet twice per week at the Museum’s Collections and Education Center. Students receive school credit and a grade in addition to being paid for their time.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of exhibitions

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Totals By Year
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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The American Folk Art Museum engages people of all backgrounds through its collections, exhibitions,
publications, and programs as the leading forum shaping the understanding and appreciation of folk and self-taught art across time and place.

How we listen

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Financials

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American Folk Art Museum

Board of directors
as of 07/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Elizabeth Warren

Edward V. Blanchard

Investment Banker and Investor

Laura Parsons

Licensed Psychologist

Joyce B. Cowin

Philanthropist

Lucy Cullman Danziger

Philanthropist

Elizabeth V. Warren

Folk Art Scholar and Curator

Lawrence B. Benenson

Partner, Benenson Capital Partners, LLC

Barbara L. Gordon

Philanthropist

Audrey Heckler

President, The Foundation for Self-Taught Artists and Philanthropist

Julia Alexander

Chief Product Officer, ExecOnline, Inc.

KAWS (Brian Donnelly)

Artist

Willett Bracken Evans

Commercial Real Estate

Karin Fielding

Public Health Advocate and Philanthropist

Seol Park

Brand Management Leader and Cultural Producer

Peter M. Rapaport

Private Wealth Manager, Henley & Co.

Brett Robbins

Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Leslie Seeman

Attorney

Jane A. Shallat

Philanthropist

Roberta S. Terkowitz

Philanthropist

Luc M. Volatier

Business Executive

Gail Wright Sirmans

Lawyer and Mediator

Bruce J. Wendel

Pharmaceuticals Business Executive and Attorney

Ellen Still Brooks

Lawyer and Non-profit Consultant

Ben Z. Cohen

Ophthalmologist/Retina Specialist

David De Luca

Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Equities, Raymond James

Christopher Giglio

Public Relations, Folk Art Collector

Lana Masor

CEO of Maison Masor Art

Ramondy Thermidor

Corporate Sr. Director, NY Presbyterian

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/25/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data